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Penguins vs. CheckersOctober 7th, 2017
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A fan blog about the AHL's Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins
No, it’s a trophy.
The Lake Erie Monsters have won the Calder Cup.
How good we as Lake Erie? They swept three of four series and lost only twice in the postseason. A 1-0 win over the Hershey Bears in Game 4 of the Finals Friday in overtime with 1.9 seconds left and the Monsters win Cleveland’s first Calder Cup since 1964 in the AHL’s 80th year.
No reason to hang your head if you are the Hershey Bears. The Bears gave the Monsters a hell of a fight and every game was close. There is no reason that it could not be the Bears celebrating their 12th Cup but the Monsters were that much better.
A feather in the cap for Ryan Craig, who captained Lake Erie and was the captain here in Wilkes-Barre for a year. Brad Thiessen was on that team but didn’t appear in a game.
So that does it for the AHL’s 80th season. In the ECHL, the Allen Americans defeated the Wheeling Nailers in sixth games on home ice Thursday. No reason to hang your head there either, as the Nailers gave the Americans a hell of a fight but again, much like Lake Erie, Allen was just that much better.
So enjoy these next few weeks of down time before free agency fires up again in July. More on that and what that means for the blog as the caldendar gets ready to flip to July.