Australian Nathan Walker has continued his breakout AHL season, helping his team – the Hershey bears – to within one game of the Calder Cup Championship Series.
Following on from a regular season which saw him collect 41 points (17 goals) from 73 games, the 22-year-old has added a further four points to his season haul, as he continues to press his claims for an NHL debut during the 2016-17 NHL season.
In the Bears’ first round series against the Portland Pirates, Walker scored his first career playoff goal in Game 3. The Bears would go on to clinch a thrilling series, three games to two.
In the second round against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, Walker picked up his first career playoff assist in Game 3. The Bears would go on to clinch that series too, this time four games to two.
In the third round against the Toronto Marlies, Walker added two further assists, one coming in each of Games 2 and 3. The Bears have been scintillating throughout the first three games, winning all three by a combined score of 14-5. A win in Game 4 will see the Bears clinch their 23rd Conference Championship.
The stars for the Bears throughout the playoffs have been Carter Camper (15 points, 6 goals), rookie Jakub Vrana (12 points, 7 goals) and the ever-reliable Chris Bourque (10 points, 4 goals).
Looking ahead to the Calder Cup Championship Series, the Bears would likely face the Lake Erie Monsters who also lead their series 3-0, against the Ontario Reign. The Bears last Calder Cup Championship was back in 2009-10 after going back-to-back for the second time in the team’s proud history.
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