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The Holy GrAHL Podcast Episode 70: Mid-Series Crisis

2023 Calder Cup Playoffs

The Holy GrAHL Podcast Episode 70: Mid-Series Crisis

The four hosts are back in episode 70 of Field Pass Hockey’s American Hockey League podcast, The Holy GrAHL. Join your hosts Zack PowerAndrew RinaldiDeana Weinheimer and Corey Swartz as they open the doors to the 2023 Calder Cup Finals.

But before we dive into the first three games of the series between the Coachella Valley Firebirds and the Hershey Bears, it’s time to talk about all the recent news across the AHL.

From Dan Watson getting a promotion from the Toledo Walleye to the Grand Rapids Griffins to a long list of AHL graduates that lifted the Stanley Cup with the Vegas Golden Knights, your hosts break it all down.

From zero to hero, The Hershey Bears put a patch in a series that was skidding backward. The hosts discussed how Ethen Frank may have changed the momentum for the Hershey Bears midway through the Calder Cup Finals.

Plus, say hello to Joey Daccord, who has seen almost 90 shots thrown his way through nearly 10 periods. Have the Bears found a chink in the armour of the goaltender who shut them out in games one and two?

Andrew dials back the clock to a series between Calgary and Coachella Valley in the third round. Game three has struck a cord of similarities with the host as the Firebirds look for momentum on the road.

Finally, the four look into what could be the series defining moment and who may have the edge going forward. While Hershey looks to continue their momentum at home, the Firebirds look to advance on the little victories in game three.

The Holy GrAHL, Field Pass Hockey’s flagship American Hockey League Podcast. Each week, we look into the biggest stories out of the AHL, its players, and their teams.

Download the Field Pass Hockey app from the iTunes or Google Play stores or follow  @FieldPassHockey on Twitter for the latest news on the AHL, ECHL, and SPHL throughout the 2022-23 season!


00:05:57 – Breaking News: AHL Signings and Departures, including Noah Philip and Josh Dunne

00:08:53 – Coaching Changes and New Faces in the AHL

00:14:48 – The Newly Independent Chicago Wolves Start Filling Out Their Roster

00:17:46 – Stanley Cup Champions with AHL Roots

00:20:52 – Affiliation Change in the Central Division

00:23:57 – Cleveland Monsters Host the NHL United by Hockey Mobile Museum

00:26:49 – Unlikely Heroes and High-Scoring Games in the Calder Cup Playoffs Between the Coachella Valley Firebirds and Hershey Bears

00:29:06 – Ethan Frank vs. Riley Sutter: Who is More Clutch?

00:31:59 – Finding a Different Formula for Success

00:34:49 – Playoff Perspective and Honorable Mentions

00:40:00 – Hershey Bears Respond to Challenges in Game 3

00:42:41 – A Daunting Task to Come Back from a Two-Goal Deficit

00:45:06 – Relentlessness in Playoff Hockey

00:47:52 – The Importance of Hunter Shepard‘s Early Save in Game Three

00:50:35 – Precision and Lethality in Playoff Hockey

00:52:55Kole Lind and Cameron Hughes‘ Impressive Playoff Performances

00:58:05 – Challenges faced by young players in the AHL

01:00:45 – Reflection on the Series So Far

01:06:27 – Hershey Ties the Series Up

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    Zack Power covers the Toronto Marlies for Field Pass Hockey. Follow and interact with him on Twitter @FPHMarlies.

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