Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Texas Stars Win Calder Cup

Mike Hedden (Neumann University) scored two goals and was named second star of the game as the Texas Stars won their first Calder Cup in last night's 4-3 overtime victory at St. John's. The Stars defeated the Ice Caps in five games to win the American Hockey League's championship, with the last three triumphs all coming in extra time.

Hedden notched the tying goal with 6:34 remaining in regulation, before Patrik Nemeth won the Cup on a backhander 14:30 into the first overtime.Hedden tallied 96 goals and 67 assists for 163 points in 108 games at Neumann between 2005 and 2009, and was a senior on the Knights' 2009 NCAA Division III national championship club.

Blair Riley scored St. John's second goal of the evening in the second period on Tuesday, and Josh Lunden (Alaska Anchorage) later scored the go-ahead goal, assisted by Will O'Neill (Maine) and Zach Redmond (Ferris State). Andrew Gordon (St. Cloud) also had an assist for the IceCaps.

St. John was appearing in its first Calder Cup final after moving from Winnipeg in 2011, where the team was known as the Manitoba Moose. The Icecaps are the primary affiliate of the NHL's Winnipeg Jets, while the Stars are the top farm club of the Dallas Stars.

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