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AHL Morning Skate: 5.12.17

Take a game-day spin around the AHL ice with latest news and notes from the 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs in today’s AHL Morning Skate.

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Game 4 – 7:05 ET, AHL Live
(HER leads series, 2-1)

Providence hosts Hershey in Game 4 of the Atlantic Division Finals less than 24 hours after falling behind two games to one… Former P-Bruin Chris Bourque scored twice, including the winner 7:14 into overtime, as the Bears took Game 3 last night, 2-1… For Bourque (4-2-6), it was the seventh two-goal game of his AHL playoff career and came in his 129th postseason game, which moves him into sole possession of second place all-time behind only current Bears vice president of hockey operations Bryan Helmer (159)… Hershey was outshot 40-15 in last night’s game, but got 39 saves from Pheonix Copley (5-3, 2.06, .933) to improve to 4-0 on the road this postseason… Travis Boyd (1-4-5) assisted on both Hershey goals, giving him five points in the last two games after being held scoreless over his first six outings of the playoffs… The Bears were 2-for-5 on the power play in Game 3 and are 3-for-6 since starting the postseason 0-for-18… Chris Casto (1-3-4) scored for the Bruins last night, his first goal in 27 career Calder Cup Playoff games… Zane McIntyre (4-4, 2.17, .929) made 13 saves, and has now allowed two regulation goals or fewer in seven of his eight playoff starts… The Bruins have been outshot 93-77 in the first period of their seven playoff games, but have outscored their opponents 9-0.

Atlantic Division Finals – Series “I” (best-of-7)
A3-Hershey Bears vs. A4-Providence Bruins
Game 1 – Sat., May 6 – Providence 3, HERSHEY 1
Game 2 – Sun., May 7 – HERSHEY 3, Providence 2 (OT)
Game 3 – Thu., May 11 – Hershey 2, PROVIDENCE 1 (OT)
Game 4 – Fri., May 12 – Hershey at Providence, 7:05
Game 5 – Sun., May 14 – Hershey at Providence, 3:05
*Game 6 – Tue., May 16 – Providence at Hershey, 7:00
*Game 7 – Wed., May 17 – Providence at Hershey, 7:00
*if necessary… All times Eastern


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Game 5 – Saturday, 7:00 ET, AHL Live
(Series tied, 2-2)
 

North Division Finals – Series “J” (best-of-7)
N1-Syracuse Crunch vs. N2-Toronto Marlies
Game 1 – Fri., May 5 – SYRACUSE 3, Toronto 1
Game 2 – Sat., May 6 – SYRACUSE 8, Toronto 5
Game 3 – Tue., May 9 – TORONTO 5, Syracuse 3
Game 4 – Wed., May 10 – TORONTO 3, Syracuse 2
Game 5 – Sat., May 13 – Toronto at Syracuse, 7:00
Game 6 – Mon., May 15 – Syracuse at Toronto, 7:00
*Game 7 – Wed., May 17 – Toronto at Syracuse, 7:00
*if necessary… All times Eastern


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Game 5 – Saturday, 8:00 ET, AHL Live
(GR leads series, 3-1)
 

Central Division Finals – Series “K” (best-of-7)
C1-Chicago Wolves vs. C2-Grand Rapids Griffins
Game 1 – Wed., May 3 – Grand Rapids 4, CHICAGO 1
Game 2 – Fri., May 5 – CHICAGO 7, Grand Rapids 3
Game 3 – Sat., May 6 – GRAND RAPIDS 4, Chicago 2
Game 4 – Mon., May 8 – GRAND RAPIDS 6, Chicago 3
Game 5 – Sat., May 13 – Grand Rapids at Chicago, 8:00
*Game 6 – Mon., May 15 – Chicago at Grand Rapids, 7:00
*Game 7 – Tue., May 16 – Grand Rapids at Chicago, 8:00
*if necessary… All times Eastern


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Game 4 – 10:00 ET, AHL Live
(SJ leads series, 2-1)

San Jose takes its 2-1 series lead into Game 4 tonight at Valley View Casino Center in San Diego… Timo Meier (3-3-6) scored 17:40 into overtime on Wednesday night as the Barracuda came from behind for a 4-3 victory in Game 3, ending a seven-game losing streak in visits to San Diego… San Jose erased three separate one-goal deficits in regulation, forcing OT on an extra-attacker goal by Daniel O’Regan (3-2-5) with 1:01 remaining… Kevin Labanc (2-2-4) scored his first goal since Game 1 of the first round vs. Stockton, and Colin Blackwell (1-0-1) added a goal for his first career playoff point… Ryan Carpenter (6-5-11) notched an assist for his league-leading 11th point of the postseason… Troy Grosenick (5-3, 2.38, .910) turned aside 32 of 35 shots in the win… Spencer Abbott (1-5-6) tallied a goal and two assists for the Gulls in Game 3, his first appearance of the series… Max Jones (1-1-2), Anaheim’s first-round pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, recorded his first two professional points with a goal and an assist, and Sam Carrick (3-2-5) scored to extend his scoring streak to four games… Jhonas Enroth (4-4, 2.49, .930) made 45 saves in Game 3, an AHL career high… San Jose has won back-to-back games for the first time since a three-game winning streak from Mar. 31 to Apr. 5.

Pacific Division Finals – Series “L” (best-of-7)
P1-San Jose Barracuda vs. P2-San Diego Gulls
Game 1 – Fri., May 5 – San Diego 3, SAN JOSE 2 (OT)
Game 2 – Sat., May 6 – SAN JOSE 5, San Diego 1
Game 3 – Wed., May 10 – San Jose 4, SAN DIEGO 3 (OT)
Game 4 – Fri., May 12 – San Jose at San Diego, 10:00
Game 5 – Sat., May 13 – San Jose at San Diego, 10:00
*Game 6 – Tue., May 16 – San Diego at San Jose, 10:00
*Game 7 – Wed., May 17 – San Diego at San Jose, 10:00
*if necessary… All times Eastern


Yesterday’s Recaps
#HERvsPRO: Bourque, Copley lead Bears in Game 3


Call It a Comeback
Seven times during the 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs, a team has won a game it had trailed with less than 4:00 remaining in regulation:

May 10 – San Jose at San Diego (tied with 1:01 remaining, GWG in OT)
May 9 – Toronto vs. Syracuse (tied with 1:56 remaining, GWG with 1:38 remaining)
May 7 – Hershey vs. Providence (tied with 2:30 remaining, GWG in OT)
May 5 – San Diego at San Jose (tied with 3:56 remaining, GWG in OT)
Apr. 26 – Grand Rapids at Milwaukee (tied with 3:38 remaining, GWG in OT)
Apr. 23 – W-B/Scranton at Providence (tied with 1:03 remaining, GWG in OT)
Apr. 22 – Syracuse at St. John’s (tied with 2:44 remaining, GWG in 2OT)


Working Overtime
There have been 15 overtime games played in the 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs so far:

May 11 – Hershey 2, PROVIDENCE 1 (Chris Bourque, 7:14)
May 10 – San Jose 4, SAN DIEGO 3 (Timo Meier, 17:40)
May 7 – HERSHEY 3, Providence 2 (Travis Boyd, 5:44)
May 5 – San Diego 3, SAN JOSE 2 (Kevin Roy, 0:38)
*May 2 – SAN JOSE 2, Stockton 1 (Ryan Carpenter, 8:52)
*Apr. 28 – TORONTO 2, Albany 1 (Justin Holl, 46:43)
*Apr. 28 – SYRACUSE 2, St. John’s 1 (Gabriel Dumont, 2:18)
*Apr. 26 – Grand Rapids 3, MILWAUKEE 2 (Kyle Criscuolo, 10:03)
Apr. 26 – TORONTO 3, Albany 2 (Colin Greening, 0:45)
Apr. 26 – Lehigh Valley 2, HERSHEY 1 (Chris Conner, 1:49)
Apr. 23 – Charlotte 4, CHICAGO 3 (Connor Brickley, 9:28)
Apr. 23 – W-B/Scranton 6, PROVIDENCE 5 (Derrick Pouliot, 7:49)
Apr. 22 – Syracuse 4, ST. JOHN’S 3 (Tye McGinn, 30:37)
Apr. 21 – GRAND RAPIDS 4, Milwaukee 3 (Tomas Nosek, 9:32)
Apr. 21 – Hershey 1, LEHIGH VALLEY 0 (Nathan Walker, 7:38)
*clinched series


Alumni Watch
In the 2017 IIHF World Championships yesterday, Eddie Lack made 19 saves to backstop Sweden to a 2-0 win over Latvia… Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 22 shots as Russia shut out Denmark, 3-0… Chad Johnson made 22 saves as Canada defeated France, 3-2.


On This Date
May 12, 2009Michal Neuvirth becomes the first goaltender in AHL history to record shutouts in Games 6 and 7 of a series, leading Hershey to the conference finals with a 3-0 win over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

May 12, 1998Dan Cloutier makes 52 saves, Derek Armstrong scores and Marc Savard adds two assists as Hartford keeps its season alive with a 4-1 win at Worcester in Game 6 of their division final series.

May 12, 1988 – Hershey defeats Fredericton, 4-2, to complete a perfect 12-0 postseason and win the Calder Cup.


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