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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 2016 Calder Cup Playoffs in today’s Morning Skate.

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

Game 4 – 7:05 ET, AHL Live
(Hershey leads series, 2-1)

Hershey takes a 2-1 series lead into Game 4 of the Atlantic Division Finals tonight in Wilkes-Barre after Saturday’s convincing 5-2 win over the Penguins… Chris Bourque (3-2-5) scored twice and Chandler Stephenson (0-4-4) recorded three assists in a chippy Game 3, snapping the Bears’ 10-game, nine-year losing streak in postseason games at Mohegan Sun Arena… Bourque’s two goals give him 100 career playoff points, the seventh AHL player ever to reach that mark… Justin Peters (5-2, 1.17, .955) extended his personal shutout streak to 112:10 and wound up stopping 22 of 24 shots, allowing two goals or fewer for the sixth time in his seven starts this postseason… Dustin Gazley (1-2-3), Jakub Vrana (3-4-7) and Liam O’Brien (1-1-2) also scored for the Bears on Saturday… Niclas Andersen (1-0-1) and Jake Guentzel (4-6-10) scored for the Penguins; Guentzel is tied with Toronto’s Connor Carrick for the AHL playoff scoring lead… Tristan Jarry made his AHL playoff debut in Game 3, stopping all five shots he faced in 14:48 of work in relief of Casey DeSmith (4-2, 2.52, .923)… This is the third consecutive time Hershey has owned a 2-1 lead in a best-of-seven playoff series; the Bears lost to Hartford in six in 2015, and lost to Charlotte in six in 2011.

Atlantic Division Finals – Series “I” (best-of-7)
A1-Hershey Bears vs. A3-Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins

Game 1 – Wed., May 4 – W-B/Scranton 4, HERSHEY 0
Game 2 – Fri., May 6 – HERSHEY 2, W-B/Scranton 0
Game 3 – Sat., May 7 – Hershey 5, W-B/SCRANTON 2
Game 4 – Mon., May 9 – Hershey at W-B/Scranton, 7:05
*Game 5 – Wed., May 11 – W-B/Scranton at Hershey, 7:00
*Game 6 – Fri., May 13 – Hershey at W-B/Scranton, 7:05
*Game 7 – Sun., May 15 – W-B/Scranton at Hershey, 5:00
   *if necessary… All times Eastern

About Last Night
#TORvsALB: Nick Lappin scored in the final minute of regulation and again at 18:40 of overtime to send Albany to a 3-2 win and a 2-1 series lead over Toronto in the North Division Finals

#LEvsGR: Joonas Korpisalo made 41 saves in Lake Erie’s 2-1 win at Grand Rapids, giving the Monsters a 3-0 series lead in the Central Division Finals

#ONTvsSD: Matt Hackett stopped 29 shots for his second career Calder Cup Playoff shutout as San Diego beat Ontario, 3-0, in Game 3 of the Pacific Division Finals

Working Overtime
There have been 8 overtime games played in the 2016 Calder Cup Playoffs so far:

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)

Century Club
With two goals on Saturday night, Hershey’s Chris Bourque became the seventh player in AHL history to record 100 career postseason points:

1. Darren Haydar – 143
2. Willie Marshall – 119
3. Jason Krog – 118
4. Jody Gage – 110
5. Fred Glover – 104
6. Alexandre Giroux – 103
7. Chris Bourque – 100

Alumni Watch
In Stanley Cup Playoff action yesterday, Ben Bishop made 28 saves as Tampa Bay eliminated the New York Islanders with a 4-0 win in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference second-round series.

At the IIHF World Championships in Russia yesterday, Michael Matheson, who skated in 54 AHL games with Portland this season, tallied a goal and two assists to help Canada to a 7-1 win over Hungary; the Hungarians are being coached by 1993-94 AHL MVP Rich ChernomazAndreas Martinsen, who played 10 games in the AHL with San Antonio this season, scored in overtime to give Norway a 4-3 win over Switzerland.

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 for details.