Calder Cup Final schedule; Grand Rapids or Utica? - LA Kings Insider

The schedule for the 2015 Calder Cup Final was released by the Manchester Monarchs earlier today and is shown below. The series will adhere to a 2-3-2 format, with the middle three games taking place in either Utica, N.Y. or Grand Rapids, Mich. The Utica Comets (Vancouver) currently hold a three games to two lead over the Grand Rapids Griffins (Detroit) in the Western Conference Final, with Game 6 taking place tonight at the Utica Memorial Auditorium, which, if necessary, would also host Game 7 tomorrow night.

There are interesting (and familiar) players on both Grand Rapids and Utica, with the Detroit farm club having banked on 14 goals in 15 games by Teemu Pulkkinen and five points in five games by Trevor Lewis’ World Championship teammate, Dylan Larkin. Utica has relied on goaltender Jacob Markstrom, who faced the Kings as a member of the Panthers early in the 2013-14 season and has a 1.97 goals-against average in 17 playoff games. 2011 first round draft pick Sven Bärtschi has posted six goals and 13 points in 15 games, while 2013 first round pick Hunter Shinkaruk has four goals in 17 playoff games after an encouraging 20-year-old rookie AHL season. According to Elliotte Friedman, it is possible that Cole Cassels, who recently won the Memorial Cup with the Oshawa Generals, could be called up to the Comets should Utica advance to the Final.

For SiriusXM subscribers, Game 6 of the Western Conference Final will be broadcast on the NHL Network at 4:00 p.m. PT.

Calder Cup Final schedule:
1 Saturday, June 6 / 3:00 p.m. vs Utica / Grand Rapids
2 Sunday, June 7 / 2:00 p.m. vs Utica / Grand Rapdis
3 Wednesday, June 10 / 4:00 p.m. at Utica / Grand Rapids
4 Friday, June 12 / 4:00 p.m. at Utica / Grand Rapids
5 Saturday, June 13 / 4:00 p.m. at Utica / Grand Rapids*
6 Tuesday, June 16 / 4:00 p.m. vs Utica / Grand Rapids*
7 Wednesday, June 17 / 4:00 p.m. vs Utica / Grand Rapids*
*if necessary; all times PT

The Monarchs have been making their rounds across Manchester to continue to drum up support for the championship series, the entirety of which will be covered in person by LA Kings Insider. For more coverage, here’s a PPP show from late last week featuring Michael Mersch.

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Born: September 13, 1996
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