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A three-goal outburst in the first period was more than enough as the American League’s Hershey Bears captured the 2006 Calder Cup championship with a 5-1 win over the Milwaukee Admirals at the Bradley Center on Thursday night.
The Bears, the top development team of the Washington Capitals, defeated the Admirals 4-2 in the series to win their ninth AHL title – tying the original Cleveland Barons for the most in league history – and their first since 1997. Hershey's Game 6 lineup included 14 players who spent time in the NHL with the Capitals during the 2005-06 season.
Frederic Cassivi made 25 saves in the decisive Game 6 and finished the playoffs with a record of 16-5 with a 2.10 goals-against average, a .931 save percentage and four shutouts. Cassivi, who tied an AHL record for wins in a post-season, earned the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as playoff MVP.
Head coach Bruce Boudreau, one of the AHL's all-time scoring leaders, led the Bears to the title in his first season behind the Hershey bench.
Tomas Fleischmann was the Bears' leading scorer in the playoffs with 32 points (11 G, 21 A), while Kris Beech led the way with 14 goals.
Hershey's victory brings the curtain down on the AHL's 70th-anniversary season. Over 82 per cent of all NHL players in 2005-06 were AHL graduates, and more than 370 players appeared in both leagues this season alone.
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