Just hours after finishing off the Providence Bruins, the Bears learned their Calder Cup final opponent would be the Manitoba Moose, Vancouver's top farm team.
The Moose returned home to dominate the Houston Aeros in Game 6 of the Western Finals, outgunning Houston 37-16 and taking a 3-1 win to advance.
The result means the Bears head to Winnipeg for the first two games of the Calder Cup which begins Saturday night, with Games 3 (June 6), 4 (June 7) and possibly 5 (June 9) being at Giant Center, before the potential last two would be played at MTS Centre.
The Moose, who are descended from the IHL's old Minnesota Moose, are now playing in their first-ever Calder Cup final. It also is a Winnipeg team's first visit to the finals since the WHA's old Winnipeg Jets won the final Avco Cup before their merger with the NHL in 1979.