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AHL Morning Skate: 5.16.17

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 6 – 7:00 ET, AHL Live
(HER leads series, 3-2)

The Hershey Bears return home with two chances to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals, beginning with tonight’s Game 6 against Providence… The Bears took two of three from the Bruins in Rhode Island despite being outshot by a combined 110-43 margin in Games 3-5… All three of Hershey’s wins in the series have come in OT, the third time in franchise history they have accomplished that feat (2010 vs. Manchester; 2010 vs. Albany)… Madison Bowey (2-2-4) scored the winning goal in Game 5 at 1:58 of the extra period… Former Bruins Chris Bourque (5-3-8) and Paul Carey (1-1-2) scored in regulation for the Bears… Bourque also set up Bowey’s OT goal to become the AHL’s all-time leader in postseason assists (81)… Providence is looking to duplicate its first-round comeback, when it won the final two games on the road to eliminate Wilkes-Barre/Scranton… Tommy Cross (2-4-6) and Austin Czarnik (2-2-4) scored for the Bruins in Game 5, erasing 1-0 and 2-1 deficits… Noel Acciari (0-3-3) tallied two assists, giving him three in his last two games… Zane McIntyre (5-5, 2.13, .922) shows an .896 save percentage in the Providence cage this series after posting a .936 mark in round one… After finishing up Game 4 in relief of an injured Pheonix Copley, the Bears’ Vitek Vanecek (1-0, 1.49, .950) made his first career Calder Cup Playoff start in Game 5 and recorded 29 saves to earn the win… Providence has lost eight consecutive trips to overtime during the postseason, one shy of the all-time AHL record of nine set by the Manitoba Moose between 2003 and 2011… The Bruins, 6-for-22 (27.3 percent) on the power play against the league’s top-ranked penalty killers in the first round, are just 1-for-17 (5.9 percent) against Hershey in this series… The Bears are 3-for-16 (18.8 percent) following an 0-for-13 showing in the opening round against Lehigh Valley… The Bruins are 27-18 all-time when facing playoff elimination, including an impressive 16-8 on the road.

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 – PROVIDENCE 2, Hershey 1
Game 5 – Sun., May 14 – Hershey 3, PROVIDENCE 2 (OT)
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 7 – Wednesday, 7:00 ET, AHL Live
(Series tied, 3-3)
 

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 – SYRACUSE 5, Toronto 1
Game 6 – Mon., May 15 – TORONTO 2, Syracuse 1
Game 7 – Wed., May 17 – Toronto at Syracuse, 7:00
*if necessary… All times Eastern


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(GR wins series, 4-1)
 

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 5, CHICAGO 2


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(SJ wins series, 4-1)

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 4, SAN DIEGO 3
Game 5 – Sat., May 13 – San Jose 2, SAN DIEGO 0


Yesterday’s Recaps
#SYRvsTOR: Marlies hold serve, force Game 7 in North Finals


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 16 overtime games played in the 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs so far:

May 14 – Hershey 3, PROVIDENCE 2 (Madison Bowey, 1:58)
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 Stanley Cup Playoffs last night, Marc-Andre Fleury made 23 saves as Pittsburgh shut out Ottawa, 1-0, in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

In the 2017 IIHF World Championships yesterday, Antoine Roussel recorded a hat trick as part of a four-point game and Yohann Auvitu added a goal and two assists as France doubled up Slovenia, 4-2… Nikita Kucherov tallied a goal and two assists as Russia defeated Latvia, 5-0… Canada got two goals from Colton Parayko in a 5-0 win over Norway… Sebastian Dahm made 16 saves as Denmark shut out Italy, 2-0.


On This Date
May 16, 2016 
 Zach Werenski scores 12:32 into overtime as Lake Erie eliminates Grand Rapids with a 4-3 win… Richard Clune scores the winning goal with 2:30 left in regulation as regular-season champion Toronto escapes with a 4-3 win over Albany in Game 7.

May 16, 2006Valtteri Filppula scores twice and Jiri Hudler records five assists as Grand Rapids erases a three-goal Game 7 deficit and earns a trip to the conference finals with a 5-4 win over Manitoba.

May 16, 1989 – Brent Fedyk’s hat trick helps the Adirondack Red Wings win their third Calder Cup of the 1980’s with a 10-7 victory over New Haven.

May 16, 1984 – The Maine Mariners defeat Rochester, 5-2, to capture their third Calder Cup title in seven years.

May 16, 1980 – Darryl Sutter nets the winning goal as New Brunswick staves off elimination with a 4-2 win over Hershey in Game 5 of the Calder Cup Finals.


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