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The conference quarterfinal round of the 2015 Calder Cup Playoffs comes to a close this evening with Game 5 of the Western Conference series between Grand Rapids and Toronto at Van Andel Arena… The home team has won every game of the series to date, with the #2-seed Griffins coming back from an 0-2 deficit… Last night’s Game 4 ended in a 5-4 Grand Rapids victory, with the home team sparked by a pair of goals from Tomas Nosek… Nosek (2-2-4) scored twice 4:23 apart, once shorthanded and once on a power play, to turn an early 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 Griffins lead… Andreas Athanasiou (3-0-3) broke a 2-2 tie early in the third period, and Teemu Pulkkinen (6-0-6) added his league-leading sixth goal of the series and 29th goal in his last 25 AHL games… Mark Zengerle (0-5-5) and Andy Miele (2-4-6) recorded two assists each for Grand Rapids, joining Pulkkinen with points in all four games of the series… Tyler Bertuzzi (2-1-3) scored for the second time in as many games after sitting out Games 1 and 2… Defensemen Brendan Mikkelson (2-0-2) and T.J. Brennan (3-4-7) scored extra-attacker goals for Toronto, but the Griffins held on for the win… Brennan had a goal and two assists in Game 4, his second three-point effort of the series… Matt Frattin (3-2-5) added a goal and an assist for the Marlies… Tom McCollum (2-1, 4.03, .871) made 28 saves to earn the win; Christopher Gibson (2-2, 3.90, .866) stopped 22 shots in the loss… Grand Rapids was 2-for-4 on the power play in Game 4, improving to 6-for-16 (37.5 percent) in the series… Toronto, 0-for-5 last night, dropped to 3-for-19 (15.8 percent)… A Griffins win sets up a meeting with Rockford in the second round; the Marlies would meet Utica with a victory.
Western Conference Quarterfinals – Series “F” (best-of-5)
|Last Night’s Recaps
Gaunce leads Comets to series win
Monarchs bounce back, dispatch Pirates
Griffins hang on, force Game 5
|Eastern Conference Semifinals Set
The AHL last night announced the schedules for the Eastern Conference semifinals:
Eastern Conference Semifinals – Series “I” (best-of-7)
Eastern Conference Semifinals – Series “J” (best-of-7)
Grand Rapids and Toronto are playing the 162nd winner-take-all games in Calder Cup Playoff history, and the 50th Game 5 in a best-of-five series… Home teams are 98-63, including 3-0 this year… Grand Rapids is 3-3 all-time in winner-take-all playoff games, including two victories during their run to the Calder Cup in 2013… Toronto is 2-1, but 0-1 on the road.
Grand Rapids Griffins (3-3)
Toronto Marlies (2-1)
AHL grads Chris Kreider, Dan Boyle and Derick Brassard scored to lead the N.Y. Rangers to a 3-2 victory over Washington in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Second Round series yesterday afternoon… At the IIHF World Championships, Connor Hellebuyck made 22 saves for his second consecutive win, backstopping the United States to a 2-1 victory over Norway… Charlotte Checkers captain Michal Jordan scored a goal in the Czech Republic’s 4-2 win over Latvia.
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