The American League’s Calder Cup championship was decided in a similar way the Stanley Cup was at the end of last week.
Tuesday night the Texas Stars and St. John’s IceCaps played Game 5 of the Calder Cup final and it went into overtime. With the Stars holding a 3-1 series lead, they had a chance to close out the championship on the road.
And that they did. The Stars took a 2-0 lead in the game before the IceCaps roared back to take a 3-2 advantage. Texas tied it up again with less than 10 minutes to go in the third period. And, in the dying minutes of the first OT period, Texas’ Patrik Nemeth scored the championship goal with this nifty move. Hey, that looks like a Patrick Kane backhander.
Nemeth, a 2010 second round pick by the Dallas Stars, recorded five points in 18 playoff games from the blueline. This goal was his first of the playoff run – and it obviously couldn’t have come at a better time. Nemeth played five Stanley Cup playoff games with NHL Dallas this spring, but didn’t record any points.
Texas’ Travis Morin, the AHL’s most valuable player and scoring champion during the regular season, was awarded the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as the Calder Cup playoff MVP as well. He scored 22 points in 21 post-season games.
And as we posted last night, Brett Ritchie also had a strong, although abbreviated, playoff run, scoring 11 points in 13 games including two in Tuesday night’s clincher. Feeling good about picking him up in my fantasy keeper league!
Congratulations to the Texas Stars for winning their first Calder Cup.