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AHL Morning Skate: 5.21.17

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 2 – 7:05 ET, AHL Live
(SYR leads series, 1-0)

Providence hosts Syracuse in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center tonight… Six different Crunch players scored and 11 skaters recorded a point in Syracuse’s 6-3 win to open the series on Friday night… Yanni Gourde (3-7-10), Gabriel Dumont (4-2-6) and Joel Vermin (5-1-6) all tallied a goal and an assist for the Crunch in Game 1 and Matthew Peca (4-8-12) recorded two assists… Mike McKenna (8-4, 2.62, .902) made 33 saves, his most since stopping 38 shots in Syracuse’s double-overtime win at St. John’s on Apr. 22… Providence cut a 4-1 third-period deficit to 4-3 on Friday thanks to goals 13 seconds apart by rookies Jake DeBrusk (6-3-9) and Danton Heinen (6-7-13)… Zane McIntyre (7-6, 2.25, .915) stopped 19 of 23 shots as the Bruins lost in regulation for just the second time this postseason… Providence, which did not allow a first-period goal over its first nine playoff games, has given up six goals in the opening period of its last four contests… Syracuse is 8-1 this postseason when captain Erik Condra (4-8-12) records a point and 0-3 when he is scoreless.

Eastern Conference Finals – Series “M” (best-of-7)
A4-Providence Bruins vs. N1-Syracuse Crunch
Game 1 – Fri., May 19 – Syracuse 6, PROVIDENCE 3
Game 2 – Sun., May 21 – Syracuse at Providence, 7:05
Game 3 – Wed., May 24 – Providence at Syracuse, 7:00
Game 4 – Fri., May 26 – Providence at Syracuse, 7:00
*Game 5 – Sat., May 27 – Providence at Syracuse, 7:00
*Game 6 – Tue., May 30 – Syracuse at Providence, 7:05
*Game 7 – Wed., May 31 – Syracuse at Providence, 7:05
*if necessary… All times Eastern


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Game 2 – 8:00 ET, AHL Live
(GR leads series, 1-0)
 

San Jose looks to bounce back as it hosts Grand Rapids in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals this evening at SAP Center… The Griffins took Game 1 last night, 3-1, their eighth victory in nine games to start the postseason… Mitch Callahan (4-5-9), Ben Street (3-7-10) and Matthew Ford (5-2-7) scored for Grand Rapids, and Eric Tangradi (1-9-10) chipped in two assists… Kevin Labanc (3-3-6) scored the lone goal for San Jose 10:34 into the game but could not got another one past Jared Coreau (8-1, 2.47, .914), who made 16 of his 26 stops in the final period… Jacob Middleton (0-4-4) helped set up Labanc’s goal, giving him an assist in four straight games…  Ryan Carpenter (7-7-14) also drew an assist, his league-leading 14th point of the postseason… Troy Grosenick (7-4, 2.29, .918) made 25 saves for the Barracuda, who lost Game 1 for the second consecutive series… Grand Rapids was 1-for-4 on the power play last night while killing off all six San Jose opportunities… The Griffins have gone on to win 12 consecutive series after winning Game 1.

Western Conference Finals – Series “N” (best-of-7)
P1-San Jose Barracuda vs. C2-Grand Rapids Griffins
Game 1 – Sat., May 20 – Grand Rapids 3, SAN JOSE 1
Game 2 – Sun., May 21 – Grand Rapids at San Jose, 8:00
Game 3 – Wed., May 24 – San Jose at Grand Rapids, 7:00
Game 4 – Fri., May 26 – San Jose at Grand Rapids, 7:00
*Game 5 – Sat., May 27 – San Jose at Grand Rapids, 7:00
*Game 6 – Tue., May 30 – Grand Rapids at San Jose, 10:00
*Game 7 – Wed., May 31 – Grand Rapids at San Jose, 10:00
*if necessary… All times Eastern


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, Pontus Åberg scored the game-winning goal as Nashville defeated Anaheim, 3-1, in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals… It was the first career playoff goal in the NHL for Åberg, who tied for third in the AHL with 31 goals for Milwaukee in 2016-17.

In the semifinals of the 2017 IIHF World Championships yesterday, Calvin Pickard made 26 saves as Canada scored four times in the third period to defeat Russia, 4-2… William Nylander notched a goal and an assist and John Klingberg scored the game-winner as Sweden beat Finland, 4-1.


On This Date
May 21, 2014 – 
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton scores five goals in 5:59 early in the second period to take a 5-0 lead, then holds on for a 5-4 victory over Providence in Game 7 of their second-round playoff series.

May 21, 2000Terry Virtue, who had won a Calder Cup with Providence a year earlier, gets the overtime winner as Hartford eliminates the Bruins, 3-2, in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

May 21, 1986 – The Adirondack Red Wings win their second Calder Cup with a 7-3 victory over Hershey.


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