by PuckStopsHere on 05/26/09 at 01:58 AM ET
Hershey Bears defeat Providence Bruins four games to one Hershey is the Washington Capitals affiliate and Providence is that of the Boston Bruins. Hershey had big offensive contributions from Alexandre Giroux, Chris Bourque and Keith Aucoin. Michal Neuvirth has been very good in their goal. He sports a .929 saves percentage in the playoffs so far. Providence’s offence was led by Martin St Pierre and Brad Marchand, with Jeff Penner leading the defence. Tuukka Rask was good in goal with a .930 saves percentage.
Manitoba Moose defeat Houston Aeros four games to two Manitoba is the Vancouver Canucks affiliate and Houston is that of the Minnesota Wild. Manitoba took a 3-0 lead in this series but failed to end it in two straight overtime games in which Houston prevailed. Manitoba ended it with a strong showing in game six. Manitoba was led offensively by Jason Krog and Jason Jaffray. Mark Fistric led the defence. Cory Schneider provided top goaltending for the Moose. Houston was led by current playoff top scorer Corey Locke and Matt Beaudoin. Maxim Noreau was their defensive leader. Anton Khudobin began the series in goal for the Aeros but suffered an injury in the third game and he was replaced for the final games by Matt Climie.
Hershey and Manitoba will meet in the Calder Cup finals. These begin on Saturday.
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