This year’s 2015 AHL Calder Cup final was a showdown between the best two teams in the AHL this season. The Manchester Monarchs finished the regular season with the league’s best record and with 109 points. The Utica Comets were the best in the West this season with 103 points to their name. The Comets were outstanding all season and all throughout the playoffs. That is what makes the Monarchs 4-1 Calder Cup finals win all that much more impressive.
The Monarchs were 14-0 these playoffs when scoring the opening goal. They scored at least one first period goal in eleven straight games – outscoring opponents 16-7 in the process. And finished the postseason 15-4 while ending on a 10-1 record in their last eleven contests.
The 2015 Calder Cup MVP was Monarchs center Jordan Weal who ended up finishing as joint-top scorer of the entire playoffs with his teammate on the wing Michael Mersch. Weal produced 22 points (10 goals, 12 assists) – most of which came prior to the Calder Cup final itself where he tallied 3 assists.
Simply put, it was a phenomenal end-to-end season put together by the Manchester Monarchs. It’s also one that I feel is deserved for the fans of the Manchester fan base that is about to see this team ship out as part of the 2015-16 Pacific Division movement. This was the last AHL season for the Manchester Monarchs after fourteen seasons in existence and they ended it with the best regular season record and the Calder Cup. It doesn’t get much better than that.
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