Hershey update: The season came to an end for Hershey on Friday with their Game 6 loss to the Hartford Wolf Pack. The loss gave Hartford the 4-2 series win and they now will move on to the Eastern Conference Finals.
It was a disappointing end to a season that saw the Bears finish with 100 points and an East Division championship.
After losing Game 5 in overtime, Hershey added Nate Schmidt and Andre Burakovsky to the lineup for Game 6. Stanislav Galiev also made his first appearance in the series after missing the previous five games with an upper-body injury. Yet, those reinforcements were not enough as the Bears still fell in Hartford 6-3.
Schmidt finished the postseason as the team's leading scorer despite missing two games due to a call-up from the Capitals. He scored four goals and five assists and looks poised for a full-time jump to the NHL next season. Jakub Vrana also impressed with two goals and four assists, his first two career AHL tallies.
Other prospect notes:
Now with the offseason in full swing for the Caps they must decide what to do with both their NHL and prospect free agents.
Here are all of the Caps' prospects with expiring contracts:
- Restricted free agents: Brandon Anderson, Chris Brown, Stanislav Galiev, Philipp Grubauer, Garrett Mitchell, Edward Pasquale, Nate Schmidt, Patrick Wey
- Unrestricted free agents: Chris Conner, Tim Kennedy, Tomas Kundratek, Jon Landry, Mike Moore, Kris Newbury, Steve Oleksy, Cameron Schilling, Casey Wellman
Bowey added a WHL championship to go along with his World Junior gold medal as the Kelowna Rockets swept the Brandon Wheat Kings to win the Ed Chynoweth Cup. Bowey assisted on the game-winning goal. In 19 playoff games, he recorded seven goals and 12 assists.
— The WHL (@TheWHL) May 14, 2015
Kelowna will now play in the 2015 Memorial Cup, a four-team tournament against the OHL champion Oshawa Generals, QMJHL champion Rimouski Oceanic and host Quebec Remparts.
South Carolina jumped out to a 2-0 lead in their ECHL playoff series against Toledo, winning both games on the road. Caps' prospect Caleb Herbert has two goals and eight assists in 15 playoff games.
Should South Carolina advance to the Kelly Cup Finals, they will face the winner of Allen and Ontario.