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The Hershey Bears had a pretty sweet ride to Game 3 of the Calder Cup Finals.

The AHL affiliate of the Washington Capitals rode in the New England Patriots’ charter plane for their cross-country trip to Palm Desert, California, where they will continue the series against the Coachella Valley Firebirds on Tuesday.

Right after their Game 2 victory over the Firebirds in Hershey, Pennsylvania, on Tuesday, the Bears went straight to the airport and were greeted with the special charter plane waiting to take them to California -- a plane belonging to the NFL's Patriots.

The team arrived in California later that night and will have a day off on Monday.

The Bears’ Game 2 victory evened the series at one game apiece, with the next three games to be played at Acrisure Arena, the Firebirds’ home arena. The series will return to Hershey for Games 6 and 7 if necessary.

Since the Patriots have six NFL titles to their name, this seems like a good way for the Bears to get into the championship mindset.