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AHL Morning Skate: May 1

May 1, 2014



Take a game-day spin around the AHL ice with latest from around the American Hockey League in today's Morning Skate.

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Tonight's Previews

mil  tor
Game 3 - 7:00 ET, AHL Live (TOR leads series, 2-0)
After a pair of convincing wins in Milwaukee, Toronto heads home with a chance to close out the Admirals in Game 3 tonight... The Marlies, who scored three goals in two regular-season meetings with Milwaukee this year, have 11 goals in the first two games of the series, with Jerry D'Amigo (2-3-5), Trevor Smith (0-4-4) and Sam Carrick (3-0-3) leading the offense... Toronto is 4-for-16 on the power play in the series, while holding Milwaukee to 1-for-12 and scoring two shorthanded goals (both empty-netters in Game 1)...Defenseman Bryan Rodney (1-2-3) is the Admirals' top scorer in the series, with a point on three of the team's four goals... Milwaukee has lost five straight road playoff games going back to 2011.

Western Conference Quarterfinals – Series “G” (best-of-5)
3-Toronto Marlies vs. 6-Milwaukee Admirals
Game 1 – Fri., Apr. 25 – Toronto 6, MILWAUKEE 2
Game 2 – Sat., Apr. 26 – Toronto 5, MILWAUKEE 2
Game 3 – Thu., May 1 – Milwaukee at Toronto, 7:00
*Game 4 – Sat., May 3 – Milwaukee at Toronto, 3:00
*Game 5 – Sun., May 4 – Milwaukee at Toronto, 3:00
   *if necessary... All times Eastern

rch  chi
Game 3 - 8:00 ET, AHL Live (Series tied, 1-1)
Rochester coughed up a two-goal lead in the third period of Game 1 and fell in overtime, but avoided a similar fate in Game 2 and held on to even the series heading to Chicago for Game 3 tonight... Chad Ruhwedel (2-2-4) had his second straight two-point game for the Americans and Colton Gillies (1-1-2) also had a goal and an assist as Rochester snapped a 10-game postseason losing streak that dated back to its first-round loss to Abbotsford in 2010... Luke Adam (1-1-2) and Joel Armia (1-1-2) also have two points in the series for the Amerks... Chicago has been led offensively by Dmitrij Jaskin (1-2-3), who scored the OT winner in Game 1, and defenseman Brent Regner (1-2-3), who picked up two assists in Game 2... Keith Aucoin's goal for the Wolves in Game 2 moved him past Tim Tookey and into sole possession of 13th place all-time with his 83rd career Calder Cup Playoff point.

Western Conference Quarterfinals – Series “F” (best-of-5)
2-Chicago Wolves vs. 7-Rochester Americans
Game 1 – Fri., Apr. 25 – Chicago 4, ROCHESTER 3 (OT)
Game 2 – Sat., Apr. 26 – ROCHESTER 3. Chicago 2
Game 3 – Thu., May 1 – Rochester at Chicago, 8:00
Game 4 – Fri., May 2 – Rochester at Chicago, 8:30
*Game 5 – Sun., May 4 – Rochester at Chicago, 4:00
  *if necessary... All times Eastern

About Last Night...
The Texas Stars became the first team to advance to the second round of the 2014 Calder Cup Playoffs, completing a three-game sweep of Oklahoma City with a 4-2 victory in Cedar Park last night... Justin Dowling broke a 2-2 tie with 8:39 left in regulation for the Stars... Maxime Sauve scored the game's only goal at 14:51 of overtime as eighth-seeded Norfolk took a 2-1 series lead over top-seeded Manchester with a 1-0 victory in Game 3... John Gibson made 35 saves for the shutout... Chuck Kobasew's deflection of a Conor Sheary shot with 7:32 gone in OT gave Wilkes-Barre/Scranton a 3-2 win over Binghamton and a 2-1 lead in a series that has seen all three games to date go to overtime... Markus Granlund scored with 1:02 remaining in the third period as Abbotsford staved off elimination with a 2-1 victory in Game 3 at Grand Rapids... Kael Mouillierat scored the only goal of the game and Michael Hutchinson stopped 24 shots to earn the shutout as St. John’s blanked Albany, 1-0, in Game 3 at Mile One Centre; the IceCaps now have a 2-1 series lead.

1-0 (OT)
Last night's Norfolk win over Manchester was just the 10th 1-0 overtime game in Calder Cup Playoff history... The Admirals have won three of them:

Apr. 30, 2014 - NORFOLK 1, Manchester 0 (Maxime Sauve)
June 7, 2012 - Norfolk 1, TORONTO 0 (Michael Kostka)
May 21, 2012 - Norfolk 1, ST. JOHN'S 0 (Pierre-Cedric Labrie)
Apr. 26, 2008 - Albany 1, PHILADELPHIA 0 (Kirk MacDonald)
Apr. 19, 2008 - Houston 1, ROCKFORD 0 (Ryan Jones)
Apr. 27, 1997 - SPRINGFIELD 1, Portland 0 (Kevin Brown)
Apr. 25, 1962 - BUFFALO 1, Springfield 0 (Dave Creighton)
Apr. 16, 1953 - CLEVELAND 1, Pittsburgh 0 (Bob Chrystal)
Mar. 17, 1943 - HERSHEY 1, Buffalo 0
Apr. 3, 1938 - Philadelphia 1, PROVIDENCE 0

Working Overtime
There have been 10 overtime games played in the 2014 Calder Cup Playoffs so far... Road teams are 7-3 this year, and 27-9 in the last 36 playoff OT games overall:

Apr. 23 - Springfield 3, PROVIDENCE 2 (Andrew Joudrey, 2:21)
Apr. 23 - Texas 3, OKLAHOMA CITY 2 (Mike Hedden, 5:35)
Apr. 25 - Providence 2, SPRINGFIELD 1 (Matt Fraser, 3:54)
Apr. 25 - W-B/Scranton 3, BINGHAMTON 2 (Anton Zlobin, 8:40)
Apr. 25 - Chicago 4, ROCHESTER 3 (Dmitrij Jaskin, 1:06)
Apr. 25 - Grand Rapids 2, ABBOTSFORD 1 (Ryan Sproul, 39:26)
Apr. 26 - BINGHAMTON 4, W-B/Scranton 3 (Stephane Da Costa, 11:07)
Apr. 26 - Texas 3, OKLAHOMA CITY 2 (Brendan Ranford, 15:04)
Apr. 30 - W-B/SCRANTON 3, Binghamton 2 (Chuck Kobasew, 7:32)
Apr. 30 - NORFOLK 1, Manchester 0 (Maxime Sauve, 14:51)

Comeback Central
Thirteen of the first 23 games in this year's Calder Cup Playoffs have been come-from-behind victories:

Game 2 - Norfolk 3, MANCHESTER 2 (trailed 0-2)
Game 1 - Springfield 3, PROVIDENCE 2 (OT; trailed 0-1)
Game 3 - SPRINGFIELD 3, Providence 2 (trailed 0-1)
Game 1 - W-B/Scranton 3, BINGHAMTON 2 (OT; trailed 0-1, 1-2)
Game 2 - BINGHAMTON 4, W-B/Scranton 3 (OT; trailed 0-1, 1-3)
Game 2 - ALBANY 4, St. John's 2 (trailed 0-1)
Game 1 - Texas 3, OKLAHOMA CITY 2 (OT; trailed 0-2)
Game 2 - Texas 3, OKLAHOMA CITY 2 (OT; trailed 0-1, 1-2)
Game 1 - Chicago 4, ROCHESTER 3 (OT; trailed 0-2, 1-3)
Game 2 - ROCHESTER 3, Chicago 2 (trailed 0-1)
Game 1 - Grand Rapids 2, ABBOTSFORD 1 (2OT; trailed 0-1)
Game 2 - Grand Rapids 7, ABBOTSFORD 2 (trailed 0-1, 1-2)
Game 3 - Abbotsford 2, GRAND RAPIDS 1 (trailed 0-1)

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