Caps' top affiliate claims AHL title

Updated: June 13, 2009, 12:47 AM ET
Associated Press

WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- Andrew Gordon, Chris Bourque and Alexendre Giroux scored first-period goals and the Hershey Bears won their 10th American Hockey League title with a 4-1 victory over the Manitoba Moose on Friday night.

The Bears, the Washington Capitals' top affiliate, won the Calder Cup finals 4-2.

"I don't think anybody could ask for more than what they got to witness here," Hershey coach Bob Woods said. "We're just happy we're the last one standing."

Rookie goalie Michal Neuvirth, selected the playoff MVP, made 24 saves, allowing only Mario Bliznak's second-period goal.

"It's so amazing. I can't believe what's happening," Neuvirth said. "My teammates, they played the whole season long great and we're the best team in the AHL right now."

Keith Aucoin completed the scoring for Hershey with an empty-net goal.

Manitoba is Canucks's top farm team.

"We lost to a real good hockey team," Moose coach Scott Arniel said. "There wasn't much separation between us, but in the end they were the better team."


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