Bears Triumph Over Firebirds in Game 2, Even Up AHL Calder Cup Final

Vince Carbonneau
June 16, 2024  (9:22 PM)

Hershey vs Firebirds in Game 2
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Bears Tie Calder Cup Final with 5-2 Win Over Firebirds

Despite failing to capitalize on three first-period power plays and being significantly outshot, the Hershey Bears demonstrated why they are the defending AHL champions.
The Bears secured a 5-2 victory over the Coachella Valley Firebirds in Game 2 of the Calder Cup Final on Sunday at Giant Center.
This rematch of the 2023 Final is now tied at one game apiece, with Games 3, 4, and 5 set to be played at Acrisure Arena in Palm Desert, CA.
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Hershey's goals came from Ivan Miroshnichenko (his seventh), Jimmy Huntington, Pierrick Dubé, and Hardy Häman Aktell. Goalie Hunter Shepard made 32 saves, including stopping a shorthanded breakaway.
Luke Henman and Marian Studenic scored for the Firebirds, who also missed several close-range opportunities.
Henman, a free-agent signing by the Seattle Kraken in 2021, scored his first goal of the 2024 postseason to tie the game at 1-1 at 2:42 of the second period.
Coachella Valley goalie Chris Driedger allowed two goals on four second-period shots, breaking the tie.
Huntington restored the Bears' lead at 13:01, and Dubé extended it 3:41 later.
As the third period began, Kraken's 2022 first-round draft pick Shane Wright showcased the Firebirds' determination. Wright took a snap shot, retrieved the puck, and set up Marian Studenic, who scored to narrow the gap to 3-2 just 17 seconds in.
By seven minutes into the final period, Coachella Valley had taken the first five shots, increasing its shots-on-goal lead to 29-13.
Driedger faced increased pressure. Miroshnichenko, who had scored in the first period, missed a breakaway backhand shot as Driedger gave him no angle. The Firebirds' goalie then made a crucial save on a Häman Aktell blast.
However, Häman Aktell got his revenge on the ensuing faceoff, scoring at 9:45 to give Hershey a 4-2 lead. He has now scored in both games of this year's Final.
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