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AHL Morning Skate: 5.2.17

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 5 – 10:00 ET, AHL Live
(Series tied, 2-2)

The first round of the 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs ends tonight with Game 5 in both Pacific Division semifinals… Stockton was just over five minutes away from elimination on Sunday afternoon before roaring back for a 5-3 win over San Jose in Game 4, setting up tonight’s showdown at SAP Center… Heat rookie Andrew Mangiapane (1-2-3) tied Sunday’s game with 5:05 left in regulation, scoring his first goal of the series after a 20-goal showing during the regular season… Linden Vey (4-1-5) then put home the winner with 2:56 to play, and added an empty-netter for his second two-goal game of the series… Hunter Shinkaruk (2-1-3) and Garnet Hathaway (2-2-4) registered a goal and an assist each for the Heat, who have scored 14 goals in the last three games after being shut out in the series opener… David Rittich (2-1, 3.27, .901) made 34 saves for the win in Game 4… Daniel O’Regan (2-1-3), Buddy Robinson (3-2-5) and Tim Heed (2-1-3) scored for the Barracuda, while Nick DeSimone (0-4-4) and Rourke Chartier (0-5-5) each had two assists… Troy Grosenick (2-2, 3.03, .893) stopped 28 of 32 shots in the loss… Ryan Carpenter (3-3-6) was held off the scoresheet in Game 4, but he still leads the AHL in playoff scoring (tied) and plus/minus (+7)… San Jose, which ranked second in the AHL on the power play in the regular season, is 1-for-17 in the series; Stockton is 3-for-18… The Heat have lost 11 of 14 visits to SAP Center all-time, but have split their last four.

Pacific Division Semifinals – Series “G” (best-of-5)
P1-San Jose Barracuda vs. P4-Stockton Heat

Game 1 – Fri., Apr. 21 – SAN JOSE 4, Stockton 0
Game 2 – Sun., Apr. 23 – Stockton 6, SAN JOSE 4 
Game 3 – Fri., Apr. 28 – San Jose 5, STOCKTON 3
Game 4 – Sun., Apr. 30 – STOCKTON 5, San Jose 3
Game 5 – Tue., May 2 – Stockton at San Jose, 10:00
*if necessary… All times Eastern


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Game 5 – 10:00 ET, AHL Live
(Series tied, 2-2)

The other Pacific Division semifinal also plays a fifth and deciding game this evening after Ontario’s 4-1 win over San Diego last night… Justin Auger (2-1-3) recorded his first three points of the series, including a pair of goals, and Paul LaDue (1-0-1) broke a 1-1 tie with a goal early in the third period as the Reign staved off elimination… T.J. Hensick (2-3-5) added a goal and two assists in Game 4 and Michael Mersch (0-3-3) recorded two helpers… Keaton Thompson (1-0-1) had the only goal for the Gulls, a power-play marker late in the second period… Jack Campbell (2-2, 1.77, .934) made 21 saves to backstop Ontario to the win… Jhonas Enroth (2-2, 2.02, .937) stopped 31 of 34 shots in defeat… Enroth (second) and Campbell (fourth) both rank among the AHL’s playoff leaders in save percentage… The Reign’s power play, third-best in the AHL in the regular season (22.9 percent), is 1-for-12 in the series; the Gulls are 3-for-12 with the man advantage… Tonight will be the 17th and final meeting this season between these teams; each has won eight times, with Ontario outscoring San Diego 39-37 and outshooting the Gulls 467-461.

Pacific Division Semifinals – Series “H” (best-of-5)
P2-San Diego Gulls vs. P3-Ontario Reign
Game 1 – Fri., Apr. 21 – Ontario 3, SAN DIEGO 2
Game 2 – Sat., Apr. 22 – San Diego 2, ONTARIO 1
Game 3 – Fri., Apr. 28 – SAN DIEGO 3, Ontario 1
Game 4 – Mon., May 1 – ONTARIO 4, San Diego 1
Game 5 – Tue., May 2 – Ontario at San Diego, 10:00
*if necessary… All times Eastern


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Game 1, Saturday – 7:00 ET, AHL Live

Atlantic Division Finals – Series “I” (best-of-7)
A3-Hershey Bears vs. A4-Providence Bruins
Game 1 – Sat., May 6 – Providence at Hershey, 7:00
Game 2 – Sun., May 7 – Providence at Hershey, 5:00
Game 3 – Thu., May 11 – Hershey at Providence, 7:05
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


 
Game 1, Friday – 7:00 ET, AHL Live
 

North Division Finals – Series “J” (best-of-7)
N1-Syracuse Crunch vs. N2-Toronto Marlies
Game 1 – Fri., May 5 – Toronto at Syracuse, 7:00
Game 2 – Sat., May 6 – Toronto at Syracuse, 7:00
Game 3 – Tue., May 9 – Syracuse at Toronto, 7:00
Game 4 – Wed., May 10 – Syracuse at Toronto, 7:00
*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 1, Wednesday – 8:00 ET, AHL Live
 

Central Division Finals – Series “K” (best-of-7)
C1-Chicago Wolves vs. C2-Grand Rapids Griffins
Game 1 – Wed., May 3 – Grand Rapids at Chicago, 8:00
Game 2 – Fri., May 5 – Grand Rapids at Chicago, 8:00
Game 3 – Sat., May 6 – Chicago at Grand Rapids, 7:00
Game 4 – Mon., May 8 – Chicago at Grand Rapids, 7:00
*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


Yesterday’s Recaps
#SDvsONT: Reign take Game 4, push series to limit


Take It to the Limit
For the first time in Calder Cup Playoff history, five series in one round are going the distance. A list of the most winner-take-all games in a single postseason round:

5 – 2017 division semifinals: Chicago vs. Charlotte, W-B/Scranton vs. Providence, Lehigh Valley vs. Hershey, San Jose vs. Stockton, San Diego vs. Ontario

4 – 2015 conference quarterfinals: Hartford vs. Providence, Manchester vs. Portland, Utica vs. Chicago, Grand Rapids vs. Toronto

4 – 2002 conference quarterfinals: Houston vs. Utah, Hartford vs. Manchester, Grand Rapids vs. Chicago, Lowell vs. St. John’s


Working Overtime
There have been 10 overtime games played in the 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs so far:

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)


Alumni Watch
In Stanley Cup Playoff action yesterday, former Lake Erie Monsters defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk scored 3:13 into overtime to lift Washington past Pittsburgh, 3-2… Justin Schultz, the 2012-13 Eddie Shore Award winner as the AHL’s outstanding defenseman, had a goal and an assist for the Penguins.


On This Date
May 2, 2012
Cam Talbot stops 31 shots as Connecticut opens its second-round series with a 3-2 overtime victory over Norfolk, which had won 31 of its previous 32 games.

May 2, 2008Bobby Ryan ties the game with 57 seconds left in regulation and Brendan Mikkelson scores 5:20 into overtime as Portland stuns Providence, 4-3, to cut its series deficit in the Atlantic Division Finals to 2-1.


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