By Bob Flounders
The team that refuses to go away in the American Hockey League playoffs is now the team to beat for the Calder Cup.
Underdog Texas, winners of Game 7 road contests in Chicago and Hamilton to get to this point, put away Hershey 4-3 in Game 2 of the Calder Cup finals Saturday night in front of a record crowd of 10,872 at the Giant Center.
After Hershey forward Andrew Gordon tied it on a rebound shot with 9:16 to go, the Bears’ best player Saturday, Neuvirth, was beaten on a bad-angle shot by Travis Morin with 46 seconds to play.
It seemed the 6-2, 195-pound Morin was never in Hershey’s plans. He spent most of his time with South Carolina of the ECHL. He was a big part of the Stingrays’ Kelly Cup-winning team last year, piling up an 88-point regular season.
Morin, a ninth-round pick of the Washington Capitals in 2004, joined Texas this year and has been a on a roll since the midway part of the season. He scored 21 regular-season goals and his game-winner was his fourth goal of the post-season.
Texas, a team known for its defense, is blossoming into a balanced squad at just the right time.
“It’s a little bit of satisfaction, definitely,” Morin admitted of notching the game-winner against his former organization.