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the 2016 Calder Cup Playoffs in today’s Morning Skate.
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The first round of the 2016 Calder Cup Playoffs concludes tonight with a winner-take-all Game 5 between Hershey and Portland at Giant Center… The Bears staved off elimination with a 2-0 win in Game 4 last night, behind goals from Travis Boyd (1-2-3) and Chris Bourque (1-2-3) and 19 saves from Justin Peters (2-1, 0.81, .968)… It was the first postseason shutout of Peters’ 10-year pro career, and he has now stopped 92 of 95 Pirates shots in the series… Jakub Vrana (2-2-4) had an assist in Game 4 as did Aaron Ness (0-4-4); they now lead all scorers in the series with four points… Mike McKenna (2-2, 2.15, .919) made 26 saves in the Game 4 loss… The Pirates were 0-for-3 on the power play last night, falling to 1-for-22 in the series… The Bears (1-for-2 in Game 4) are 2-for-16… Hershey improved to 7-1 all-time at Giant Center and a remarkable 47-17 on home ice in franchise history when facing playoff elimination… Portland is 1-7 all-time in winner-take-all games, the only win coming in a Game 7 vs. the Saint John Flames in the 1996 conference finals… Hershey is 19-19 in winner-take-all games, including 13-4 at home… This evening’s winner moves on to face Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in the second round.
Atlantic Division Semifinals – Series “A” (best-of-5)
#HERvsPOR: Peters blanks Pirates to force Game 5
|Winner Take All|
In Calder Cup Playoff history, home teams are 100-63 (.613) in winner-take-all games, including eight consecutive wins entering tonight… Thirty-two winner-take-all games have gone to overtime, including Game 7 of the 2006 Eastern Conference Finals between Hershey and Portland at Giant Center.
There have been 5 overtime games played in the 2016 Calder Cup Playoffs so far:
Apr. 28 – Portland 2, HERSHEY 1 (Rob Flick, 43:10)
In Stanley Cup Playoff action last night, Eric Fehr, the overtime hero of Hershey’s Game 7 win over Portland in 2006, scored with 4:28 left in regulation to send Pittsburgh to a 2-1 win over Washington in Game 2 of their second-round series… 2015-16 Second Team AHL All-Star Matt Murray made 23 saves in the win… 2012-13 AHL MVP Tyler Johnson had two goals and an assist in Tampa Bay’s 4-1 win over the New York Islanders in Game 2… Jonathan Drouin, who recorded 11-2-13 in 17 AHL games with Syracuse this season, added a goal and an assist for the Lightning.