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AHL Morning Skate: May 29

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

Facing elimination, the Toronto Marlies showed up on Friday night and came away with an emphatic 5-0 win in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals, extending their season to today’s Game 5 against Hershey at Ricoh Coliseum… The Bears still hold a 3-1 series lead and can secure their 23rd trip to the Calder Cup Finals with one more victory… William Nylander recorded his first career hat trick, T.J. Brennan tied a Marlies record for a single playoff game with four assists and Antoine Bibeau turned aside 18 saves for the shutout… The three goals for Nylander (6-4-10) were his first at Ricoh Coliseum since Feb. 27… Brennan (5-4-9) had gone six games without a point and 16 games without an assist before Game 4… Bibeau (6-4, 2.70, .903) recorded his first shutout of the postseason, one game after being pulled after allowing four goals on 18 shots in two periods of Game 3… Josh Leivo (4-8-12) and Connor Carrick (7-10-17) also scored for the Marlies in Game 4… Toronto scored three power-play goals in the third period of Game 4 after beginning the series 0-for-11 with the man advantage… Justin Peters (10-5, 1.95, .930) made 28 saves in the loss… Carter Camper (6-9-15) saw his nine-game scoring streak snapped in Game 4… Hershey is now 2-2 this postseason with a chance to close out a series; Toronto is 2-0 when facing elimination… Even with Friday’s shutout loss, the Bears have scored 14 goals on 93 shots in the series (15.1 percent)… Hershey has not lost back-to-back games since Mar. 19-20… Toronto is 59-7 this season when scoring at least three goals in a game, including 8-0 in the playoffs… This afternoon’s game can be seen on TSN2 across Canada, and heard on SiriusXM 91 (NHL Network Radio).

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 – TORONTO 5, Hershey 0
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

   
(Lake Erie wins series, 4-0)
  

For the first time in 50 years, the Calder Cup Finals are returning to Cleveland after the Lake Erie Monsters won the AHL’s Western Conference championship last night with a 2-1 double-overtime victory over Ontario in front of 10,854 fans at Quicken Loans Arena… Lukas Sedlak scored both goals for the Monsters, including the winner 6:25 into the second OT period, and Anton Forsberg made 41 saves… Sedlak (8-5-13) now leads the AHL with eight goals this postseason, and has 18 goals in his last 23 games after scoring four in his first 44 contests of the season… Forsberg (5-0, 1.30, .955) won his fifth consecutive decision since taking over in the Lake Erie crease during Game 5 of the division finals vs. Grand Rapids, and finished with a .953 save percentage in the four-game sweep of the Reign… Kerby Rychel (1-4-5) recorded two assists in the Game 4 win… The Monsters are 11-2 this postseason and have won 20 of their last 24 games overall… The Cleveland Barons reached the Calder Cup Finals 14 times between 1939 and 1966 and won nine championships… Lake Erie will be the lower seed in the Finals against either Toronto or Hershey.

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 – LAKE ERIE 2, Ontario 1 (2OT)

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:

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:

2016 – Lake Erie Monsters 4, Ontario Reign 0
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 14 overtime games played in the 2016 Calder Cup Playoffs so far… Home teams are 9-5:

May 26 – LAKE ERIE 2, Ontario 1 (Lukas Sedlak, 26:25)
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
The eight teams competing in the World Cup of Hockey 2016 announced their final roster selections Friday, and the 23-man rosters included a total of 127 American Hockey League alumni… The tournament begins Sept. 17.

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.