|Down, but not out. Hershey enters tonight's Game Four trailing Lake Erie three games to none in the 2016 Calder Cup Finals. Photo: Amanda Statland|
On Thursday night, the Allen American (San Jose Sharks) defeated the Wheeling Nailers (Pittsburgh Penguins) in six games to claim the Kelly Cup as champions of the ECHL. In the same night, San Jose sent the Stanley Cup Finals back to California for Game Six on Sunday.
Tonight, the Calder Cup might be awarded to the Lake Erie Monsters if the Columbus Blue Jackets' affiliate can finish off a sweep of the Hershey Bears (Washington Captials). The Monsters host the Bears at the Quicken Loans Arena tonight at 7 p.m. ET.
If the Lake Erie Monsters win the Calder Cup, they will be the first Columbus Blue Jackets affiliate to ever win the AHL's championship. The Bears will need to do the unthinkable to claim their 12th Calder Cup championship, needing to win both tonight and tomorrow night in Cleveland just to send the series back to the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa.
Dates to Remember
Friday/Saturday, June 24-25th: The 2016 NHL Entry Draft in Buffalo, NY
Wednesday, June 29th: The deadline to tender qualifying offers to restricted free agents in order to retain their rights at 5 p.m. ET.
Friday, July 1st: Free Agency Begins
Extra Reading Links
For AHL fans looking at an accurate way to view free agency at the minor league level, I have compiled a list for each team in an easy-to-navigate view of how things are shaping up.