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AHL Morning Skate: May 11

Take a game-day spin around the AHL ice with latest news and notes from the Calder Cup Playoffs
in today’s Morning Skate.

Complete Schedule || Playoff Brackets || Today’s Scoreboard || League Leaders

   
Game 4 – 7:00 ET, AHL Live, SiriusXM NHL Network Radio (HER leads series, 2-1)

The Hershey Bears got all their offense from their defense in a 2-1 Game 3 victory on Sunday afternoon over the Hartford Wolf Pack… Nate Schmidt (3-5–8) and Cameron Schilling (3-3–6) each tallied goals to help guide their club to the 2-1 series lead… Schmidt’s tally opened the scoring at 1:07 of the second period for his third of the postseason, making him the top-scoring AHL defensemen of the playoffs… Schilling broke in shorthanded at 10:23 of the third with the go-ahead goal to win it for the Bears… Jakub Vrana (2-4–6) and Casey Wellman (3-3–6) each recorded assists on Schmidt’s opener, while Schilling’s was unassisted… Philipp Grubauer (2-1-0, 2.63, .920) turned aside 31-of-32 shots for the win… Former Bear Joey Crabb (2-1–3) provided the lone goal for the Wolf Pack, an unassisted shorthanded marker of his own at 19:19 of the second, his second of the playoffs… Yann Danis (4-4-0, 1.78, .939) took the loss, making 20 saves on 22 shots… The Bears are 1-for-9 on the power play against the Wolf Pack (11.1%), and 9-for-34 (26.5%) overall… Hartford has two extra man tallies on 11 tries in this series (18.2%), have gone 5-for-31 (16.1%) overall… Hershey remains perfect at the DCU Center this postseason, going 3-0.

Eastern Conference Semifinals – Series “J” (best-of-7)
2-Hershey Bears vs. 3-Hartford Wolf Pack
Game 1 – Wed., May 6 – Hartford 2, HERSHEY 1 (OT)
Game 2 – Fri., May 8 – HERSHEY 6, Hartford 4
Game 3 – Sun., May 10 – Hershey 2, HARTFORD 1 (at Worcester, Mass.)
Game 4 – Mon., May 11 – Hershey vs. Hartford, 7:00 (at Worcester, Mass.)
Game 5 – Wed., May 13 – Hartford at Hershey, 7:00
*Game 6 – Fri., May 15 – Hershey at Hartford, 7:00
*Game 7 – Sun., May 17 – Hartford at Hershey, 5:00
   *if necessary… All times Eastern

   
Game 4 – 7:05 ET, AHL Live (MCH leads series, 2-1)

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins look to even their Eastern Conference semifinals series against the Manchester Monarchs tonight after cutting into the Monarchs’ lead with a 2-1 victory on Saturday night… Back in the lineup for the first time since April 12, Bryan Rust (1-0–1) opened the scoring for the Penguins 6:22 into regulation to immediately make his offensive impact felt… Conor Sheary (4-6–10) led the way for the Penguins, assisting on both goals and bumping up to fourth in scoring among all AHL skaters… Tom Kostopoulos (2-2–4) scored what would eventually become the game-winner at 13:27 of the second, his second of the postseason… Jayson Megna (1-4–5) and Andrew Ebbett (1-5–6) each recorded assists… Matt Murray (4-2-0, 1.79, .941) stopped 29-of-30 for the win, while his counterpart, J.F. Berube (5-3-0, 2.53, .882), stopped 18-of-20… The Monarchs’ only goal came off the stick of David Van der Gulik (1-2–3) at 13:01 of the third, assisted by Nic Dowd (1-3–4)… The Penguins are 3-for-12 (25.0%) on the power play through three games, while Manchester has only struck once on six attempts (16.7%) with the extra man against Wilkes-Barre… Dating back to their first round series with Portland, the Monarchs have scored first in five of their eight playoff games so far, with two of those five goals coming within the first two minutes of regulation, and two more coming within the first 20 seconds of regulation.

Eastern Conference Semifinals – Series “I” (best-of-7)
1-Manchester Monarchs vs. 4-Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
Game 1 – Wed., May 6 – MANCHESTER 4, W-B/Scranton 3 (3OT)
Game 2 – Thu., May 7 – MANCHESTER 5, W-B/Scranton 2
Game 3 – Sat., May 9 – W-B/SCRANTON 2, Manchester 1
Game 4 – Mon., May 11 – Manchester at W-B/Scranton, 7:05
Game 5 – Tue., May 12 – Manchester at W-B/Scranton, 7:05
*Game 6 – Fri., May 15 – W-B/Scranton at Manchester, 7:00
*Game 7 – Sat., May 16 – W-B/Scranton at Manchester, 7:00
   *if necessary… All times Eastern

   
Game 3 – 8:00 ET, AHL Live (Series tied, 1-1)

After winning the sixth-longest game in AHL history in Game 1, the Oklahoma City Barons dropped Game 2 to the Utica Comets on Friday night in Utica… Alexandre Grenier (1-4–5) scored 3:32 into overtime to even the series for his club with his first of the postseason… The trio of Grenier, Cal O’Reilly (0-9–9), and Adam Clendening (3-1–4) accounted for both Utica goals in the win… Clendening’s tally 1:31 into the third period got the Comets on the board and would eventually force overtime, where he assisted on Grenier’s winner… O’Reilly assisted on both the game-tying and game-winning goals… Jacob Markstrom (4-3-0, 1.62, .937) earned First Star honors with 22 saves on 23 shots, a night after he stopped 65-of-67 in the four-overtime Game 1 loss… Connor Jones (3-0–3) was the lone goal-scorer for the Barons, assisted by his twin brother Kellen (2-1–3) and Oklahoma City veteran Matt Ford (1-6–7)… Getting the win in Game 1 with 56 saves, Richard Bachman (3-1-0, 0.84, .973) stopped 36-of-38 in the Game 2 loss… Neither team has converted with the extra man through two games… The series shifts to Oklahoma City tonight for Game 3.

Western Conference Semifinals – Series “K” (best-of-7)
1-Utica Comets vs. 6-Oklahoma City Barons

Game 1 – Thu., May 7 – Oklahoma City 2, UTICA 1 (4OT)
Game 2 – Fri., May 8 – UTICA 2, Oklahoma City 1 (OT)
Game 3 – Mon., May 11 – Utica at Oklahoma City, 8:00
Game 4 – Wed., May 13 – Utica at Oklahoma City, 8:00
Game 5 – Thu., May 14 – Utica at Oklahoma City, 8:00
*Game 6 – Mon., May 18 – Oklahoma City at Utica, 7:00
*Game 7 – Wed., May 20 – Oklahoma City at Utica, 7:00
   *if necessary… All times Eastern

Last Night’s Recaps/Highlights
Bears down Wolf Pack in Game 3
Working Overtime
There have been 12 overtime games played in the 2015 Calder Cup Playoffs so far… Home teams are 7-5:

May 8 – UTICA 2, Oklahoma City 1 (Alexandre Grenier, 3:32)
May 7 – Oklahoma City 2, UTICA 1 (Curtis Hamilton, 60:16)
May 6 – MANCHESTER 4, W-B/Scranton 3 (Zach O’Brien, 44:13)
May 6 – Hartford 2, HERSHEY 1 (Chris Bourque, 16:47)
May 1 – Chicago 4, UTICA 3 (Joel Edmundson, 2:19)
*May 1 – HARTFORD 3, Providence 2 (Tommy Hughes, 4:35)
*Apr. 29 – ROCKFORD 3, Texas 2 (Stephen Johns, 0:23)
*Apr. 29 – Oklahoma City 2, SAN ANTONIO 1 (Jujhar Khaira, 5:01)
Apr. 29 – UTICA 2, Chicago 1 (Darren Archibald, 10:58)
Apr. 26 – PROVIDENCE 2, Hartford 1 (Seth Griffith, 42:00)
Apr. 25 – OKLAHOMA CITY 4, San Antonio 3 (Connor Jones, 4:01)
Apr. 22 – Utica 3, CHICAGO 2 (Bobby Sanguinetti, 23:10)
  *series clincher

Alumni Watch
Former Wolf Pack forward Chris Kreider netted two goals for the parent club New York Rangers last night as they topped the Washington Capitals 4-3 to force a decisive Game 7 in New York on Wednesday night… Kreider dressed in 54 games between Connecticut and Hartford, posting 27 points (2012-14)… Fellow Hartford grads J.T. Miller and Jesper Fast each added an assist in the win… Fast posted 34 points in 48 games for the Wolf Pack in 2013-14… Miller recorded 81 points in 101 games with Connecticut and Hartford (2011-15).
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