With a 2-1 overtime win last night against the Rockford Ice Hogs, Mike McKenna and Gavin Bayreuther advanced to the Calder Cup finals with the Texas Stars, the AHL affiliate of the Dallas Stars.
This is McKenna's second straight trip to the Calder Cup finals (he backstopped the Syracuse Crunch to the finals last season, coming two wins short against the Grand Rapids Griffins) while Bayreuther is in his rookie season after joining Texas after his senior season ended.
McKenna, in his 14th pro season, is a frontrunner for playoff MVP, with a 1.97 GAA and a .940 save percentage through 15 games. Bayreuther has also performed well, bringing his typical two-way defense to the table as a rookie, posting 6 points in 15 games while being reliable and consistent on defense.
The Stars will face the Toronto Marlies, The Maple Leafs' AHL affiliate, in the Calder Cup finals, beginning on June 2nd. Bayreuther and McKenna will play on home ice for at least games four three and four, and if necessary, game five.