Preview of The Calder Cup Conference Finals: Toronto Marlies vs. Hersey Bears

After a long 7 game battle between the Toronto Marlies and the Albany Devils, the Marlies came out on top. It was an extremely exciting series and it looks as though this next series against the Hersey Bears could be just as exciting.

Since the series went the full 7 games, the Marlies will have a quick turn around and will face-off against the Hersey Bears on Friday May 20th. The Bears finished the season third in the Eastern Conference with a 43-21-5-7 record.

Hersey has taken an even longer road to the Conference finals than the Marlies. In the first round they finished off Portland in 5 games in a best of 5 series. The second round they faced off against Wilkes-Barre. It took the Bears 7 games to finally knock off Wilkes-Barre and punch their ticket to the Conference finals in the Calder Cup playoffs.

Players to Watch: Toronto Marlies

Connor Carrick

Not to long ago Connor Carrick was playing for the Hersey Bears. Which means that there likely isn’t a team that Carrick would love to beat right now, than his old team. Through the first two rounds of the Calder Cup playoffs defenseman Connor Carrick has been a point machine. Carrick currently leads the entire AHL in playoff points at 14 points,  and is tied for team lead in goals with 6 goals in 10 games.

William Nylander

Nylander is one of the Toronto Maple Leafs highest rated prospects and has lived up to the hype so far in his young career. Throughout the playoffs Nylander has 6 points in 9 games. Watch for Nylander to catch fire in this next round and produce points at a much higher rate than he currently is.

Connor Brown

Brown has been nothing but a stud so far for the Toronto Marlies in the Calder Cup playoffs. He currently sits at 6 goals (tied for team lead) and has two assists in 10 games. He has been an offensive threat whenever the puck has been on his stick. Look for Brown to continue producing points and to continue to help lead the Toronto Marlies to a Calder Cup.

Players to Watch: Hersey Bears

Chris Bourque

Bourque led the AHL in scoring this season with 30 goals and 80 points in 70 games. Bourque currently has 7 points points in 12 games so far in the Calder Cup playoffs. 

Jakub Vrana

Vrana is a former 2014 first round selection going 13th overall and has been showing why he was drafted so early. Vrana currently leads the Bears in playoff scoring with 4 goals and is tied for most points on the team with 9 points in 12 games.

 Schedule

  • Game 1: Fri., May 20 – Toronto at Hershey, 7:00 p.m. (LeafsTV, TSN 2)
  • Game 2: Sat., May 21 – Toronto at Hershey, 7:00 p.m. (LeafsTV)
  • Game 3: Wed., May 25 – Hershey at Toronto, 7:30 p.m. (Rogers TV)
  • Game 4: Fri., May 27 – Hershey at Toronto, 7:30 p.m. (Rogers TV)
  • *Game 5: Sun., May 29 – Hershey at Toronto, 3:00 p.m. (Rogers TV)
  • *Game 6: Tue., May 31 – Toronto at Hershey, 7:00 p.m. (LeafsTV)
  • *Game 7: Thu., June 2 – Hershey at Toronto, 7:30 p.m. (Rogers TV)

*if necessary

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