Congratulations to the Hershey Bears as the 2009-10 Calder Cup Champions!
This post season 18 former Rampage players were in the hunt for the Calder Cup and sarampage.com tracked their progress throughout the playoffs.
Fighting for the 2010 Calder Cup Championship
2010 Calder Cup Finals (best-of-seven)
E1-Hershey Bears (4-2) vs. W2-Texas Stars (2-4)
Game 1 – Thu., June 3 – Texas 2, Hershey 1
Game 2 – Sat., June 5 – Texas 4, Hershey 3
Game 3 – Mon., June 7 – Hershey 6, Texas 3
Game 4 – Wed., June 9 – Hershey 4, Texas 2
Game 5 – Fri., June 11 – Hershey 2, Texas 1 OT
Game 6 – Mon., June 14 – Texas 0, Hershey 4
The Hershey Bears finished the regular season with the best record in the AHL (60-17-0-3, 123 pts). The reigning Calder Cup Champions knocked off the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in the first round of the playoffs in a five-game series. The Bears swept the Albany River Rats in a four-game East Division Finals series that included three overtime games. The Bears eliminated the Manchester Monarchs in the Eastern Conference Finals during in a six-game series and will now compete in the Calder Cup Finals. The Hershey Bears defeated the Texas Stars in four straight games after allowing the Stars to claim the first two contests of the Calder Cup Finals. The Bears hoisted to Calder Cup for the second consecutive year.
Bryan Helmer - served as the Rampage team captain during the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons. With the Rampage he posted 11 goals and 38 assists in 136 games. In 71 games with the Bears this season, Helmer recorded six goals and 26 assists and was plus-29. Helmer skated in 21 playoff games this season recording five assists, and a plus-12 rating.
Grant McNeill - wore the Rampage uniform during the 2003-04 and 2004-05 seasons. As a Rampage defenseman he recorded two assists and racked up 341 penalty minutes in 73 games. He recorded one goal and three assists in 35 games with the Bears this season.
Simon Ferguson - wore the Rampage uniform during the 2008-09 season. As a Rampage right wing he recorded five goals and five assists in 73 games and accumulated 203 penalty minutes. With the Bears this season, he has appeared in six games collecting 12 penalty minutes. He appeared in one playoff game recording a minus-1 rating.
Kyle Wilson – spent seven games with the Rampage as a center during the 2006-07 season posting one goal. In 77 games with the Bears this season, Wilson recorded 24 goals and 29 assists and was plus-17. In 21 playoff games, Wilson posted six goals, six assists and a plus-9 rating.
The Texas Stars finished the 2009-10 campaign with a 46-27-3-4 record and 99 points for the second place spot in the West Division. They also walked away with the State Farm LoneStar Faceoff trophy with a combined record of 16-7-0-1 good for 33 points against Houston and the Rampage. The Stars swept the Rockford IceHogs in the first round of the playoffs outscoring Rockford 15-5 in the four-game series. Texas eliminated the top-ranked Chicago Wolves with a 6-5 overtime victory in Chicago in the seventh game of the West Division Finals. The Stars claimed a spot in the Calder Cup Finals after a 4-2 victory in Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals against the Hamilton Bulldogs. During the seven-game set, the Stars won three of their four games in overtime. After claiming the first two games of the Calder Cup Finals in Hershey, the Stars traveled back to Texas for three games but were not able to recover allowing the Bears to win four consecutive games and hoist the Calder Cup for the second year in a row.
Mathieu Beaudoin - began the 2008-09 season with the Rampage at training camp and played in one regular season game posting an assist. The right wing tallied 19 goals and 25 assists in 72 games with Texas this season and was plus-13. In 22 playoff games, Beaudoin recorded four goals and three assists with 36 shots.
Teams eliminated in the first round of the playoffs:
The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins finished the 2009-10 campaign with a 41-34-2-3 record and 87 points in the East Division. The Penguins were the first team to be eliminated in the playoffs after a 5-3 loss to the Albany River Rats in the first round.
Wyatt Smith – collected 16 goals and 24 assists during the 2008-09 season in 53 games played with the Rampage. The Penguins center totaled 13 goals and 35 assists and tied for first on the team with five game-winning goals in 76 games played during the regular season. Smith scored the Penguins first goal in the fourth game of the first round and through the series with Albany posted a minus-6 rating with five shots on goal in four playoff games.
Bridgeport Sound Tigers
The Bridgeport Sound Tigers finished the regular season with a 38-32-4-6 record and 86 points in the East Division. Facing the reigning Calder Cup Champions in the first round of the playoffs, the Sound Tigers were eliminated from the playoffs by the Hershey Bears in a five-game series.
Dylan Reese – posted two goals and 33 assists in 134 Rampage games played during the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons. In one game with the Sound Tigers, Reese recorded one goal and an assist during the regular season. In five playoff games, Reese posted a shorthanded goal, three assists, minus-4 rating and 11 shots on goal.
The Portland Pirates posted a 45-24-7-4 record with 101 points in the Atlantic Division and will face the third-seeded Manchester Monarchs in the first round of the playoffs. The Pirates’ season ended on Tuesday after a 7-2 loss to the Manchester Monarchs to complete a four-game sweep in the first round of the playoffs.
The Manitoba Moose earned a playoff spot with a 40-33-5-2 (87 points) regular season record in the North Division. The Hamilton Bulldogs defeated the Moose in a Sunday matinee that ended at the 8:49 mark in overtime.
The Lowell Devils finished fourth in the Atlantic Division with a 39-31-4-6 record and 188 points. The Devils were eliminated on Wednesday with a 5-1 loss to the Worcester Sharks at home.
The Rockford IceHogs ended the 2009-10 regular season with a 44-30-3-3 record and 94 points in the West Division. The IceHogs were eliminated after just four games against the Texas Stars and were outscored 15-5 in the series.
Ryan Flinn – tallied two goals and four assists in 61 games with the Rampage and totaled 166 penalty minutes during the 2006-07 campaign. In 20 games with the IceHogs this season, the left wing totaled two goals and two assists with 74 penalty minutes.
Derek Nesbitt - recorded six goals and nine assists in 49 games with the Rampage during the 2008-09 season. He collected four goals and one assist in 23 games with the IceHogs during the regular season.
The Milwaukee Admirals earned a playoff spot in the West Division with a 41-30-2-7 record and 91 points during the regular season. In the seventh game of the Admirals’ series against the Wolves, Chicago defeated Milwaukee 2-1 to eliminate the Admirals from the playoffs.
The Rochester Americans ended the regular season with a 44-33-2-1 record and 91 points good for second place in the North Division. After taking a 3-1 lead in the series, the Rochester Amerks were eliminated in game seven of the first round on a shutout loss to the Abbotsford Heat.
Jeff Taffe - tallied 25 goals and 26 assists through 92 games with the Rampage during the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons. The Amerks right wing tallied 28 goals and 28 assists for 56 points in 61 games. In six playoff games, Taffe recorded one goal and six assists with 15 shots on goal.
Teams eliminated in the second round of the playoffs:
Albany River Rats
The Albany River Rats finished the regular season with 43-29-3-5 record and 94 points in the East Division. The River Rats eliminated the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins in the first round of the playoffs with a four-game sweep. The River Rats were eliminated in the East Division Finals in a four-game series with the defending Calder Cup Champion Hershey Bears.
Steven Goertzen – posted seven goals and 11 assists in 79 Rampage games during the 2008-09 season. The River Rats right wing recorded eight goals and 15 assists in 71 games with Albany this season. In eight AHL playoff games with Albany, Goertzen posted an assist, minus-4 and 11 shots on goal.
Justin Pogge – joined the Rampage earlier this season owning a 12-7-3 record with one shutout, a 2.57 GAA and a .920 save percentage. On contract with Anaheim, Pogge was traded to Albany and has since posted a 1-0-2 record with the River Rats with a 2.41 GAA and a .928 save percentage.
The Worcester Sharks finished atop the Atlantic Division with a 49-25-3-3 record and 104 points. After the Lowell Devils claimed the first game of the series, the Worcester Sharks came back to win four consecutive games and assure them a spot in the second round of the playoffs. The Sharks were eliminated from the playoffs after a six-game series with the Manchester Monarchs in the Atlantic Division Finals.
Joe Callahan - scored two goals and 18 assists in 158 career Rampage games during the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons. He was named Rampage 2005-06 Man of the Year for his efforts in the San Antonio community. The defenseman posted four goals and 11 assists and was plus-5 in 35 games with the Sharks this season. He appeared in two playoff games with the Sharks recording two shots.
The Abbotsford Heat ended the regular season with a 39-29-5-7 record and 90 points in the North Division. The Abbotsford Heat defeated the Rochester Americans with a 2-0 shutout in game seven of the first round. The Amerks claimed a 3-1 lead in the series through the first four games but the Heat rallied back to steal the series and move on to the North Division Finals. The Heat were eliminated in the second round of the playoffs by the Hamilton Bulldogs in a six-game series in which the Bulldogs blanked the Heat 4-0 in the final game.
Olivier Latendresse – collected two goals and five assists in 24 games with the Rampage during the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons. Now a center for the Heat, Latendresse posted four goals and eight assists in 29 games with the Heat during the regular season. Latendresse appeared in six playoff games recording one goal and 18 shots on goal.
Mark Mitera – appeared in five games with the Rampage earlier this season on reassignment from Anaheim. The defenseman tallied three assists and was even on the plus/minus in 27 games with Abbotsford during the regular season. Mitera recorded two assists through 12 playoff games.
Garth Murray – scored 11 goals and 10 assists in 64 games with the Rampage during the 2008-09 campaign. A veteran center with the Heat, Murray recorded nine goals and 22 assists with Abbotsford during the regular season. Murray posted a goal, two assists and 16 shots on goal through 12 playoff games.
The Chicago Wolves claimed the West Division title with a 49-24-1-6 record and 105 points during the regular season. A seven-game series that saw three consecutive shutouts between the Wolves and the Admirals ended with a 2-1 Chicago victory that advanced the Wolves to the West Division Finals. After a seven-game series, the Wolves were knocked out of the playoffs in the final game of the West Division Finals when the Texas Stars claimed the win in overtime at Allstate Arena.
Anthony Stewart – appeared in 10 games with the Rampage during the 2004-05 season and recorded one goal and two assists. As a right wing with the Wolves, Stewart posted 12 goals and 19 assists in 77 games. Stewart recorded six power-play goals, three even strength goals, including the overtime game winner in Game 2 vs. the Stars, three assists and was minus-1 with 27 shots on goal through 13 playoff games.
Teams eliminated in the third round of the playoffs:
The Manchester Monarchs posted a 43-28-3-6 record with 95 points in the Atlantic Division and will face the second-seeded Portland Pirates in the first round of the playoffs. The Monarchs are starting off strong after sweeping the Portland Pirates in four games in the first round of the playoffs. The Monarchs won a six-game series with the Worcester Sharks in the second round of the playoffs and were eliminated from the Calder Cup playoffs by the Hershey Bears in a six-game set during the Eastern Conference Finals.
John Zeiler – appeared in eight games with the Rampage during the 2005-06 season collecting one assist and 10 penalty minutes. The right wing tallied 11 goals and nine assists in 65 games with the Monarchs this season. He also co-led the Monarchs with five game-winning goals. In 16 playoff games this season, Zeiler recorded four goals and three assists with 14 shots.
The Hamilton Bulldogs led the Western Conference with a 52-17-3-8 record and 115 points during the regular season. The Bulldogs moved on to the North Division Finals after a 3-2 overtime victory over the Manitoba Moose in the final game of the series. Hamilton blanked the Abbotsford Heat 4-0 in the final game of a six-game series to move on to the Western Conference Finals. In a seven-game series with the Texas Stars, the Hamilton Bulldogs were unable to hold off the AHL’s newest addition and loss 4-2 in the final game of the Western Conference Finals.