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Climie's playoff run leads Texas Stars to Calder Cup Finals

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Bemidji State alum Matt Climie is turning in an exceptional postseason in the American Hockey League playoffs this spring.

Climie's successful performances in elimination games have helped vault the Texas Stars into the Calder Cup Finals against the Hersey Bears.

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Game 1 of the best-of-seven battle for the AHL's championship trophy begins Thursday.

Climie is playing in his second full season as a professional this year and his first full season in the AHL - the minor league for the National Hockey League.

He played in 43 games during the regular season for the Dallas Stars affiliate and finished with a 21-17-3 record. His save percentage of .919 ranked seventh in the league and his goals against average of 2.46 ranked 10th in the league.

He earned a call up to play for Dallas late in the regular season and lost 5-2 to the Chicago Blackhawks after giving up a goal to Marian Hossa in the first minute of the game.

Climie is expected to compete for a backup role behind Dallas starter Kari Lehtonen next season.

His main competition for that role is Texas teammate Brent Krahn, who won 17 of his 22 regular season appearances in the AHL.

Krahn was given the starting role for Texas at the start of the AHL playoffs and he won the opening-round series.

But he suffered a concussion during a Game 6 loss during the Western Conference semifinal round and Climie was brought into the third period of that game. It was his first appearance in a month.

Climie had 24 saves in the Game 7 win and the Stars season continued.

In the Western Conference Finals, the Stars defeated Hamilton 4-3 in a series that had four overtime games.

Climie rallied the Stars from a 4-2 series deficit to Games 6 and 7 victories. He had 51 saves in Game 6 and 41 saves in Game 7.

Those wins combined with his regular season performance are helping Climie build a reliable reputation in the AHL.

In his first full season as a pro in 2008-09, he played in 42 games and won 27 for for Idaho in the ECHL, a minor league just under the AHL. He appeared in three games for Dallas and won two of those contests in his first audition in the NHL.

Climie went pro in 2008 after his senior season with?Bemidji State and played in a handful of games at the pro level. He left BSU with 12 career shutouts, which stands as the program record. His four-year career goals against average (2.16) and save percentage (.913) rank second in program history.

Y estromgren@bemidjipioneer.com

Bemidji State alum Matt Climie is turning in an exceptional postseason in the American Hockey League playoffs this spring.

Climie's successful performances in elimination games have helped vault the Texas Stars into the Calder Cup Finals against the Hersey Bears.

Game 1 of the best-of-seven battle for the AHL's championship trophy begins Thursday.

Climie is playing in his second full season as a professional this year and his first full season in the AHL - the minor league for the National Hockey League.

He played in 43 games during the regular season for the Dallas Stars affiliate and finished with a 21-17-3 record. His save percentage of .919 ranked seventh in the league and his goals against average of 2.46 ranked 10th in the league.

He earned a call up to play for Dallas late in the regular season and lost 5-2 to the Chicago Blackhawks after giving up a goal to Marian Hossa in the first minute of the game.

Climie is expected to compete for a backup role behind Dallas starter Kari Lehtonen next season.

His main competition for that role is Texas teammate Brent Krahn, who won 17 of his 22 regular season appearances in the AHL.

Krahn was given the starting role for Texas at the start of the AHL playoffs and he won the opening-round series.

But he suffered a concussion during a Game 6 loss during the Western Conference semifinal round and Climie was brought into the third period of that game. It was his first appearance in a month.

Climie had 24 saves in the Game 7 win and the Stars season continued.

In the Western Conference Finals, the Stars defeated Hamilton 4-3 in a series that had four overtime games.

Climie rallied the Stars from a 4-2 series deficit to Games 6 and 7 victories. He had 51 saves in Game 6 and 41 saves in Game 7.

Those wins combined with his regular season performance are helping Climie build a reliable reputation in the AHL.

In his first full season as a pro in 2008-09, he played in 42 games and won 27 for for Idaho in the ECHL, a minor league just under the AHL. He appeared in three games for Dallas and won two of those contests in his first audition in the NHL.

Climie went pro in 2008 after his senior season with?Bemidji State and played in a handful of games at the pro level. He left BSU with 12 career shutouts, which stands as the program record. His four-year career goals against average (2.16) and save percentage (.913) rank second in program history.

estromgren@bemidjipioneer.com

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