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AHL Morning Skate: May 17

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 5 – 5:00 ET, AHL Live (GR leads series, 3-1)

Grand Rapids is one win away from the Western Conference Finals heading into this afternoon’s Game 5 in Rockford… The Griffins took a 3-1 series lead with a 2-1 overtime victory on Thursday night, snapping a six-game road losing streak in the postseason that dated back more than a year… Tyler Bertuzzi (5-3-8) scored 13 seconds into the extra period to give Game 4 to the Griffins, his second goal of the night and his third game-winner of the postseason… It was also the fourth-fastest OT winner in Calder Cup Playoff history… Bertuzzi’s five playoff goals have come on 14 shots (35.7 percent)… Andy Miele (2-8-10) and Mark Zengerle (0-7-7) both had two assists in Game 4… Tom McCollum (6-2, 2.64, .916) made 27 saves for his sixth win in his last seven decisions… Phillip Danault (3-2-5) scored for the IceHogs, his first point of the series… Michael Leighton (4-3, 2.43, .924) stopped 29 of 31 shots in the loss, allowing two goals or fewer for the fifth time in seven starts this postseason… Grand Rapids is 2-for-16 on the power play in the series (12.5 percent); Rockford is 1-for-11 (9.1 percent)… The Griffins are 11-12 all-time in the AHL with a chance to close out a series… The IceHogs have never won a game when facing elimination from the Calder Cup Playoffs (0-3).

Western Conference Semifinals – Series “L” (best-of-7)
2-Grand Rapids Griffins vs. 4-Rockford IceHogs

Game 1 – Wed., May 6 – GRAND RAPIDS 5, Rockford 3
Game 2 – Fri., May 8 – GRAND RAPIDS 5, Rockford 1
Game 3 – Wed., May 13 – ROCKFORD 4, Grand Rapids 1
Game 4 – Thu., May 14 – Grand Rapids 2, ROCKFORD 1 (OT)
Game 5 – Sun., May 17 – Grand Rapids at Rockford, 5:00
*Game 6 – Tue., May 19 – Rockford at Grand Rapids, 7:00
*Game 7 – Wed., May 20 – Rockford at Grand Rapids, 7:00
   *if necessary… All times Eastern

Friday’s Recaps/Highlights
Wolf Pack roll into conference finals
Working Overtime
There have been 14 overtime games played in the 2015 Calder Cup Playoffs so far… Home teams are 7-7:

May 14 – Grand Rapids 2, ROCKFORD 1 (Tyler Bertuzzi, 0:13)
May 13 – Hartford 5, HERSHEY 4 (Chris Mueller, 11:39)
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

Career Playoff Scoring Leaders
Chris Bourque had three assists for Hartford on Friday night to move into a tie for seventh place on the AHL’s career Calder Cup Playoff scoring list with 92 points:

1. 143 – Darren Haydar
2. 119 – Willie Marshall
3. 118 – Jason Krog
4. 110 – Jody Gage
5. 104 – Fred Glover
6. 103 – Alexandre Giroux
T7. 92 – Chris Bourque
T7. 92 – Bob Solinger
T9. 90 – Gordie Clark
T9. 90 – Glenn Merkosky

Alumni Watch
Dominic Moore scored with 2:25 left in the third period to send the N.Y. Rangers to a 2-1 win over Tampa Bay in Game 1 of the NHL’s Eastern Conference final yesterday… Moore played two full seasons with the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, including a trip to the Calder Cup conference finals as a rookie in 2004… Ondrej Palat, a Calder Cup champion with Norfolk in 2012 and the AHL’s leading playoff scorer (7-19-26) with Syracuse in 2013, scored the only Lightning goal in Game 1.
AHL Live
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