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Calder Cup Finals Game 4 Preview: Bears at Firebirds, 10 p.m

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June 20, 2024 – American Hockey League (AHL)
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(Palm Desert, CA) – The Hershey Bears look to tie the 2024 Calder Cup Finals as they take the ice tonight against the Coachella Valley Firebirds for Game 4 of the championship round. Hershey is down 2-1 in the best-of-seven series after falling 6-2 in Game 3 on Tuesday at Acrisure Arena.


Hershey Bears (11-6) at Coachella Valley Firebirds (12-3)

June 20, 2024 | 10:00 PM ET | Acrisure Arena | Coachella Valley leads the series 2-1

Referees: Cody Beach (45), Beau Halkidis (48)

Linemen: Mitchell Hunt (62), Ryan Jackson (84)

Broadcast information

Voice of the Bears, Zack Fisch, former Bears captain Garrett Mitchell, and FOX43’s Todd Sadowski and Ryan Ye on the call

TELEVISION: FOX43, Monumental Sports Network (Washington, DC market), NHL Network (Coachella Valley feed)

RADIO: WFVY-100.1 FM, Fox Sports 1460-AM, SportsRadio 98.9-FM & WOYK 1350-AM, Capitals Radio, NHL Network Radio (Sirius XM Channel 91 (Coachella Valley feed))

WATCH LIVE: AHLTV

LISTEN LIVE: Fox Sports AM-1460 Stream, Caps Radio 24/7

Pre-match radio coverage begins at 9:30 PM ET, television coverage begins at 10:00 PM

LAST TIMEOUT:

The Firebirds raced out to a 2-0 lead in the first period of Game 2 after Max McCormick scored at 2:20 on the power play and added an even-strength goal at 6:03 before Henrik Rybinski scored his fifth of the playoffs on 8:50. Alex Limoges then tied the score at 1:29 of the second period with a deflection goal on the power play, but Lleyton Roed sent Coachella Valley ahead at 4:06 and Ryan Winterton restored the two-goal lead at 4:00. After Shane Wright’s goal at 7:01 of the third, the Bears replaced Hunter Shepard in net with Clay Stevenson, but Coachella Valley added an empty-net goal at 6:24 for a 6-2 final.

ROAR WARRIOR MENTALITY:

The Bears get their second shot at being the first team to finally steal a win on Acrisure Arena ice in the 2024 playoffs, as Coachella Valley is a pristine 7-0 mark during its current postseason run placed on home ice. During the regular season, Hershey posted the best road mark in club history, posting a .736 point road percentage against a 24-7-0-5 record.

SHEPARD CLIMBING THE RANCHES:

Hunter Shepard’s next appearance marks his 18th of the 2024 playoffs, tying Michal Neuvirth’s 2010 run for the seventh-most games played by a goaltender in a playoff year in franchise history. Along with Neuvirth (2009 and 2010) and Frédéric Cassivi (2006 and 2007), Shepard is one of only three goaltenders in franchise history with two playoff runs, each consisting of more than 17 games played, having made twenty appearances in the 2023 playoffs. Currently with 11 wins, Shepard’s next victory will tie him with Wendell Young (1988) and JF Labbé (1997) for the sixth-most wins by a Bears goaltender in a playoff year in franchise history.

POWERPLAY PERFORMERS:

Joe Snively’s assist on Alex Limoges’ power-play goal in Game 3 gave Snively his eighth power-play assist in the league. With nine points leading the men in the postseason (1g, 8a), Snively is now tied with teammate Hendrix Lapierre (2g, 7a) for the overall league lead in power play points. Hershey went 16-for-69 (23.2%) in the 2024 playoffs and 2-for-10 (20%) against Coachella Valley.

BEAR BITES:

The Bears are 11-11 in Game 4s of the best-of-seven Calder Cup Finals… Coachella Valley’s 42 shots on goal in Game 3 were the most by a Hershey opponent in a playoff game decided in regulation since meeting Worcester in Game 1 of the 2015 Eastern Conference quarter-finals, when Worcester put 42 identical shots on target in a 4-1 win in Hershey… With 25 play-off assists for the Chocolate and White, the next helper from Joe Snively ties him for 10th in franchise history, alongside Gordon Bruce and Larry Zeidel. With 13 assists in the current playoff run, Snively needs two more to tie Mike Green (2006) and Tony Cassolato (1980) for the ninth most assists by a Bears in a single playoff year…Hershey is 9- 1 in the playoffs when Chase Priskie records a point.

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