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AHL Morning Skate: May 9

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 3 – 7:05 ET, AHL Live (MCH leads series, 2-0)
@MonarchsHockey | @WBSPenguins | #MCHvsWBS

Manchester brings a 2-0 series lead into the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza for Game 3 of their Eastern Conference semifinal against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton tonight… The Monarchs, 5-0 at home this postseason but 0-2 on the road, followed Wednesday’s triple-overtime victory with a 5-2 decision in Game 2 on Thursday… Jordan Weal (7-5-12), Brian O’Neill (6-3-9) and Michael Mersch (5-6-11) had three points apiece for the Monarchs in Game 2, and have now combined for 32 points in Manchester’s seven postseason contests, or 41.0 percent of the team’s offense… Jean-Francois Berube (5-2, 2.59, .880) made 18 saves on Thursday for his 11th consecutive home win… Conor Sheary (4-4-8) and Dominik Uher (2-2-4) scored for the Penguins in Game 2, part of a stretch of three combined goals in 24 seconds during the second period that saw a 1-0 Monarchs lead quickly become a 2-2 tie… Matt Murray (3-2, 1.93, .937) stopped 29 of 33 shots, but has now lost back-to-back decisions for the first time since an 0-3-1 slide in December… Manchester has held its opponent to 20 shots or fewer in four of seven playoff games… The Penguins have trailed a best-of-seven playoff series 12 times in their history; they came back to win the series five times.

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 – Manchester at W-B/Scranton, 7:05
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

Last Night’s Recaps/Highlights
Comets work their own OT magic, win Game 2
Griffins cruise to 2-0 series lead
Bears rally to even series in Game 2
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
Chris Kreider scored with 1:41 left in regulation and Ryan McDonagh scored 9:37 into overtime as the N.Y. Rangers rallied for a 2-1 win over Washington in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference Second Round series last night… Kreider and McDonagh were two of nine former Hartford Wolf Pack players in the Rangers lineup… Braden Holtby, a member of the Hershey Bears’ 2010 Calder Cup championship team, made 41 saves for the Capitals… Jakob Silfverberg had a goal and an assist and Matt Beleskey netted the winning goal in the third period as Anaheim defeated Calgary, 4-2, to take a 3-1 lead in their Western Conference series.
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