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AHL Morning Skate: May 26

Take a game-day spin around the AHL ice with latest news and notes from
the 2016 Calder Cup Playoffs in today’s Morning Skate.

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

   
Game 4 – Friday, 7:30 ET, AHL Live
(Hershey leads series, 3-0)
  

The Hershey Bears are one win away from their 23rd trip to the Calder Cup Finals after last night’s resounding 8-2 win over the Marlies at Ricoh Coliseum… With a 3-0 lead in the series, the Bears look to wrap up the Eastern Conference championship in Game 4 tomorrow… Zach Sill (5-3-8) and Jakub Vrana (7-5-12) each scored twice in Game 3, Chris Bourque (4-6-10) tallied a goal and an assist and Carter Camper (6-9-15) extended his scoring streak to nine games with a pair of assists… Justin Peters (10-4, 1.74, .937) stopped 26 shots in the win… Hershey scored the final seven goals of the game, including five in a span of 7:05 bridging the second and third periods… The Bears were 6-for-6 on the penalty kill in Game 3, and scored two shorthanded goals on the same minor early in the third period… The six-goal margin of defeat was the largest for the Marlies all season, and the eight goals were the most allowed by Toronto at home since an 8-1 loss to Chicago on Mar. 5, 2007… With his two points in Game 3, Chris Bourque moved past former Toronto Marlies junior star and Maple Leafs player and coach Mike Nykoluk to become the all-time leading scorer in Bears playoff history (74 points).

Eastern Conference Finals – Series “M” (best-of-7) 
N1-Toronto Marlies vs. A1-Hershey Bears
Game 1 – Fri., May 20 – HERSHEY 3, Toronto 1
Game 2 – Sat., May 21 – HERSHEY 3, Toronto 2 (OT)
Game 3 – Wed., May 25 – Hershey 8, TORONTO 2
Game 4 – Fri., May 27 – Hershey at Toronto, 7:30
*Game 5 – Sun., May 29 – Hershey at Toronto, 3:00
*Game 6 – Tue., May 31 – Toronto at Hershey, 7:00
*Game 7 – Thu., June 2 – Hershey at Toronto, 7:30
   *if necessary… All times Eastern

   
Game 4 – 7:00 ET, AHL Live
(Lake Erie leads series, 3-0)
  

The Lake Erie Monsters are one win away from the Calder Cup Finals as they look to close out Ontario in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals tonight… Anton Forsberg (4-0, 1.52, .947) made 26 saves in a 4-0 shutout win in Game 3 on Tuesday, his fourth consecutive win since taking over the starting goaltender duties for the Monsters… Lake Erie is now 10-2 this postseason and 19-4 in its last 23 games overall… Oliver Bjorkstrand (5-5-10) notched a goal and an assist in Game 3, and Sonny Milano (4-3-7), Josh Anderson (7-4-11) and Markus Hannikainen (2-5-7) also scored in the win… Hannikainen, Lukas Sedlak (6-5-11), Ryan Craig (3-7-10) and Steve Eminger (1-4-5) are tied for the Lake Erie team lead with four points each in the series… Peter Budaj (7-5, 2.27, .900) made his 72nd start of the season in Game 3 but was replaced by Michael Houser at the start of the third period; it was ust the second time all year that Budaj did not complete a game… Against the regular season’s 10th-ranked (Rockford), sixth-ranked (Grand Rapids) and 1st-ranked (Ontario) defensive teams, the Monsters have scored 44 goals in 12 playoff games… Ontario has scored 13 goals in its last seven games — 10 in the third period or overtime, but just three in the second period and none in the first… The Reign had allowed a total of two first-period goals all postseason (10 games) before the Monsters scored five times in the opening frames of Games 2 and 3… Tonight’s game can be seen live on Fox Sports Ohio (DirecTV 660, Dish Network 5425, AT&T U-verse 1734).

Western Conference Finals – Series “N” (best-of-7)
P1-Ontario Reign vs. C2-Lake Erie Monsters
Game 1 – Sat., May 21 – Lake Erie 4, ONTARIO 3
Game 2 – Sun., May 22 – Lake Erie 3, ONTARIO 2
Game 3 – Tue., May 24 – LAKE ERIE 4, Ontario 0
Game 4 – Thu., May 26 – Ontario at Lake Erie, 7:00
*Game 5 – Sat., May 28 – Ontario at Lake Erie, noon
*Game 6 – Tue., May 31 – Lake Erie at Ontario, 10:00
*Game 7 – Wed., June 1 – Lake Erie at Ontario, 10:00
   *if necessary… All times Eastern

Down 0-3
Three teams in AHL history have come back from 0-3 down to win a best-of-seven Calder Cup Playoff series… Coincidentally, two of the teams to lose were from Cleveland and Hershey:

1960 Semifinals
Game 1 – Cleveland Barons 2, Rochester Americans 0
Game 2 – Cleveland Barons 2, Rochester Americans 1
Game 3 – Cleveland Barons 7, Rochester Americans 5
Game 4 – Rochester Americans 5, Cleveland Barons 3
Game 5 – Rochester Americans 4, Cleveland Barons 1
Game 6 – Rochester Americans 5, Cleveland Barons 3
Game 7 – Rochester Americans 4, Cleveland Barons 1

1989 Division Finals
Game 1 – Hershey Bears 4, Adirondack Red Wings 3
Game 2 – Hershey Bears 5, Adirondack Red Wings 3
Game 3 – Hershey Bears 1, Adirondack Red Wings 0
Game 4 – Adirondack Red Wings 6, Hershey Bears 3
Game 5 – Adirondack Red Wings 3, Hershey Bears 2 (OT)
Game 6 – Adirondack Red Wings 4, Hershey Bears 2
Game 7 – Adirondack Red Wings 2, Hershey Bears 1 (OT)

2013 Conference Semifinals
Game 1 – Providence Bruins 8, W-B/Scranton Penguins 5
Game 2 – Providence Bruins 4, W-B/Scranton Penguins 2
Game 3 – Providence Bruins 2, W-B/Scranton Penguins 1 (OT)
Game 4 – W-B/Scranton Penguins 3, Providence Bruins 1
Game 5 – W-B/Scranton Penguins 4, Providence Bruins 0
Game 6 – W-B/Scranton Penguins 2, Providence Bruins 1 (OT)
Game 7 – W-B/Scranton Penguins 5, Providence Bruins 0

Eastern Conference Finals History
The Richard F. Canning Trophy is presented each season to the playoff champions of the AHL’s Eastern Conference… Here are the results of the Eastern Conference Finals since the league split into two conferences in 1995-96:

2015 – Manchester Monarchs 4, Hartford Wolf Pack 0
2014 – St. John’s IceCaps 4, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 2
2013 – Syracuse Crunch 4, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 1
2012 – Norfolk Admirals 4, St. John’s IceCaps 0
2011 – Binghamton Senators 4, Charlotte Checkers 0
2010 – Hershey Bears 4, Manchester Monarchs 2
2009 – Hershey Bears 4, Providence Bruins 1
2008 – W-B/Scranton Penguins 4, Portland Pirates 3
2007 – Hershey Bears 4, Manchester Monarchs 0
2006 – Hershey Bears 4, Portland Pirates 3
2005 – Philadelphia Phantoms 4, Providence Bruins 2
2004 – W-B/Scranton Penguins 4, Hartford Wolf Pack 3
2003 – Hamilton Bulldogs 4, Binghamton Senators 1
2002 – Bridgeport Sound Tigers 4, Hamilton Bulldogs 3
2001 – Saint John Flames 4, Providence Bruins 1
2000 – Hartford Wolf Pack 4, Providence Bruins 3
1999 – Providence Bruins 4, Fredericton Canadiens 2
1998 – Saint John Flames 4, Hartford Wolf Pack 1
*1997 – Hamilton Bulldogs 4, Albany River Rats 1
*1996 – Portland Pirates 4, Saint John Flames 3
  *known as Northern Conference

Western Conference Finals History
The Robert W. Clarke Trophy is presented each season to the playoff champions of the AHL’s Western Conference… Here are the results of the Western Conference Finals since the league split into two conferences in 1995-96:

2015 – Utica Comets 4, Grand Rapids Griffins 2
2014 – Texas Stars 4, Toronto Marlies 3
2013 – Grand Rapids Griffins 4, Oklahoma City Barons 3
2012 – Toronto Marlies 4, Oklahoma City Barons 1
2011 – Houston Aeros 4, Hamilton Bulldogs 3
2010 – Texas Stars 4, Hamilton Bulldogs 3
2009 – Manitoba Moose 4, Houston Aeros 2
2008 – Chicago Wolves 4, Toronto Marlies 1
2007 – Hamilton Bulldogs 4, Chicago Wolves 1
2006 – Milwaukee Admirals 4, Grand Rapids Griffins 0
2005 – Chicago Wolves 4, Manitoba Moose 0
2004 – Milwaukee Admirals 4, Rochester Americans 1
2003 – Houston Aeros 4, Grand Rapids Griffins 3
2002 – Chicago Wolves 4, Houston Aeros 1
2001 – W-B/Scranton Penguins 4, Hershey Bears 0
2000 – Rochester Americans 4, Hershey Bears 0
1999 – Rochester Americans 4, Philadelphia Phantoms 2
1998 – Philadelphia Phantoms 4, Albany River Rats 2
*1997 – Hershey Bears 4, Springfield Falcons 3
*1996 – Rochester Americans 4, Syracuse Crunch 1
  *known as Southern Conference

Working Overtime
There have been 13 overtime games played in the 2016 Calder Cup Playoffs so far… Home teams are 8-5:

May 21 – HERSHEY 3, Toronto 2 (Carter Camper, 9:09)
May 16 – Lake Erie 4, GRAND RAPIDS 3 (Zach Werenski, 12:32)
May 15 – HERSHEY 3, W-B/Scranton 2 (Travis Boyd, 10:57)
May 13 – Ontario 4, SAN DIEGO 3 (Mike Amadio, 6:29)
May 9 – W-B/SCRANTON 2, Hershey 1 (Kael Mouillierat, 2:31)
May 8 – ALBANY 3, Toronto 2 (Nick Lappin, 18:40)
May 7 – Ontario 2, SAN DIEGO 1 (Justin Auger, 11:55)
May 5 – LAKE ERIE 3, Grand Rapids 2 (Oliver Bjorkstrand, 12:23)
Apr. 28 – Portland 2, HERSHEY 1 (Rob Flick, 43:10)
Apr. 26 – UTICA 2, Albany 1 (Alexandre Grenier, 9:13)
Apr. 23 – W-B/Scranton 5, PROVIDENCE 4 (Jake Guentzel, 33:52)
Apr. 21 – W-B/SCRANTON 4, Providence 3 (Daniel Sprong, 5:13)
Apr. 20 – W-B/SCRANTON 3, Providence 2 (Carter Rowney, 1:09)

Alumni Watch
In the Stanley Cup Playoffs last night, Joel Ward scored twice and 2010 AHL All-Star Logan Couture notched a goal and two assists as San Jose advanced to the franchise’s first Stanley Cup Final with a 5-2 win over St. Louis… Martin Jones, a 2011 AHL All-Star, made 24 saves in the victory.

AHL Live
Don’t miss a second on the road to the 2016 Calder Cup championship. AHL Live brings AHL action to your desktop, laptop, smartphone or tablet all season long with live video webcasts and free highlights of every AHL game… Visit ahllive.com for details.