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Calder Cup Final: CV Firebirds defeated Hersey Bears 6-2 in Game 3

Calder Cup Final: CV Firebirds defeated Hersey Bears 6-2 in Game 3

The Coachella Valley dominated Game 3 of the Calder Cup Finals to take a 2-1 lead in the series.

The Firebirds defeated the Bears 6-2 at Acrisure Arena. “The Captain” Max McCormick was the star of the game, scoring a hat-trick to cap off a great night for the team and its fans.

It was the first hat-trick in a Calder Cup Finals match since 2009.

The Firebirds are back home on Thursday for Game 4. You can watch that game live on CW, with coverage starting at 6:30 p.m.

  • Game 1 – Friday, June 14 – Coachella Valley in Hershey, 4:00 PM – FOX 11
  • Game 2 – Sun, June 16 – Coachella Valley at Hershey, 2 p.m
  • Game 3 – Tuesday, June 18 – Hershey at Coachella Valley, 7:00 PM – FOX 11
  • Game 4 – Thu. June 20 – Hershey at Coachella Valley, 7pm – CW 5
  • Game 5 – Saturday, June 22 – Hershey at Coachella Valley, 6:00 PM – ABC News Channel 3
  • *Game 6 – Mon. June 24 – Coachella Valley in Hershey, 4pm – FOX 11
  • *Game 7 – Wednesday, June 26 – Coachella Valley in Hershey, 4:00 PM – FOX 11
    *Games 6, 7 are as needed only

Max McCormick scored twice in the first period.

After two early goals from Coachella Valley, Hershey got on the board just before the halfway point of the first period.

The Bears tied the score early in the second period on a power play.

But the Firebirds came right back to retake the lead thanks to a goal by Lleyton Roed, his first in the AHL playoffs.

Coachella Valley doubled its lead late in the second period with a goal from Ryan Winterton.

The Firebirds seemed to freeze the game completely as a goal from Shane Wright put the Firebirds ahead by three midway through the third period.


Tonight marks a much-needed return home for the Firebirds, who have been in Hershey for about a week.

The Firebirds won Game 1 in Hershey in what became a close game. Coachella Valley took the lead with a 4-3 win.

Game 2 on Sunday, however, was a different story, with the Bears coming out on top 5-2.

News Channel 3’s Blake Arthur will have full post-game coverage of Game 3 tonight at 10 and 11 p.m.

SERIES SCHEDULE

  • Game 1 – Friday, June 14 – Coachella Valley in Hershey, 4:00 PM – FOX 11
  • Game 2 – Sun, June 16 – Coachella Valley at Hershey, 2 p.m
  • Game 3 – Tuesday, June 18 – Hershey at Coachella Valley, 7:00 PM – FOX 11
  • Game 4 – Thu. June 20 – Hershey at Coachella Valley, 7pm – CW 5
  • Game 5 – Saturday, June 22 – Hershey at Coachella Valley, 6:00 PM – ABC News Channel 3
  • *Game 6 – Mon. June 24 – Coachella Valley in Hershey, 4pm – FOX 11
  • *Game 7 – Wednesday, June 26 – Coachella Valley in Hershey, 4:00 PM – FOX 11
    *Games 6, 7 are as needed only

This year’s final match is the first Calder Cup Finals rematch in 33 years.

Stay tuned to News Channel 3 for full coverage of the Calder Cup Finals series.