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Calder Cup Playoffs start tonight

The 2005 Calder Cup Playoffs get underway tonight with Game 1 of the West Division semifinal pitting two of the last three Calder Cup champions, as the Chicago Wolves host the Houston Aeros. You can follow all the action from tonight’s postseason opener live on the AHL’s real-time scoreboard, or listen in to our teams’ game cybercasts from your own computer.

Complete 2005 Calder Cup Playoff schedule and results

Interactive 2005 playoff brackets


All times Eastern… *if necessary



Atlantic Division Semifinal – Series “A”

Game 1 – Fri., Apr. 22 – Providence at Manchester, 7:35
Game 2 – Sat., Apr. 23 – Providence at Manchester, 7:35
Game 3 – Mon., Apr. 25 – Manchester at Providence, 7:05
Game 4 – Wed., Apr. 27 – Manchester at Providence, 7:05
*Game 5 – Thu., Apr. 28 – Providence at Manchester, 7:05
*Game 6 – Sat., Apr. 30 – Manchester at Providence, 7:05
*Game 7 – Mon., May 2 – Providence at Manchester, 7:05

Regular Season Comparison
ManchesterProvidence
Record51-21-4-440-30-3-7
Points11090
Home28-7-3-226-10-2-2
Road23-14-1-214-20-1-5
Goals for258211
Goals against176202
PP% (rank)17.4 (6)18.5 (4)
PK% (rank)87.0 (6)84.1 (17)


Calder Cup Playoff History
ManchesterProvidence
Appearances4th11th
Record (games)4-1047-44
Record (series)0-310-9
OT record0-310-6
Calder Cup titles01 (1999)
Losing finalist00


2004-05 Regular Season Series
ManchesterProvidence
Record6-3-0-14-6-0-0
at MCH4-0-0-11-4-0-0
at PRO2-3-0-03-2-0-0
Goals2219
Power play6/48 (12.5%)6/50 (12.0%)
ScoringCammalleri, 6+8=14
Brown, 2+4=6
Clarke, 2+3=5
Boyes, 2+7=9
LaCouture, 5+2=7
Aucoin, 3+4=7
GoaltendingHauser, 4-2-0, 1.59
Garon, 2-1-1, 2.05
Toivonen, 3-3-0, 1.66
Madden, 1-1-0, 2.52

ResultsDec. 3MCH 3 at PRO 2
Dec. 4PRO 0 at MCH 2
Jan. 1PRO 3 at MCH 5
Jan. 15PRO 1 at MCH 2
Feb. 11MCH 0 at PRO 3
Feb. 27MCH 1 at PRO 2
Mar. 6PRO 2 at MCH 4
Mar. 20MCH 1 at PRO 0
Apr. 1PRO 3 at MCH 2 (SO)
Apr. 3MCH 2 at PRO 3


SERIES NOTEBOOK:
Manchester won its first division title in 2005; now the Monarchs are out for their first series victory after opening-round ousters by Hartford (2002), Bridgeport (2003) and Worcester (2004)… Manchester is 1-6 all-time on home ice in the playoffs… Mike Cammalleri led all scorers in the season series with 14 points (6g, 8a)… Providence, which has dropped 11 of its last 13 postseason matches, has also been eliminated in its first series each of the last three years… Andy Hilbert, who finished seventh in the AHL in scoring, recorded just two points (2g) in 10 games against the Monarchs this year… Six of the 10 meetings between the Monarchs and Bruins in 2004-05 were decided by a single goal.



Atlantic Division Semifinal – Series “B”

Game 1 – Thu., Apr. 21 – Lowell at Hartford, 7:05
Game 2 – Sat., Apr. 23 – Lowell at Hartford, 7:05
Game 3 – Sun., Apr. 24 – Hartford at Lowell, 4:00
Game 4 – Tue., Apr. 26 – Hartford at Lowell, 7:00
*Game 5 – Thu., Apr. 28 – Lowell at Hartford, 7:05
*Game 6 – Sat., Apr. 30 – Hartford at Lowell, 7:00
*Game 7 – Sun., May 1 – Lowell at Hartford, 6:05

Regular Season Comparison
HartfordLowell
Record50-24-3-347-27-1-5
Points106100
Home30-8-1-126-11-0-3
Road20-16-2-221-16-1-2
Goals for206242
Goals against160190
PP% (rank)14.8 (15)15.4 (12)
PK% (rank)89.1 (2)87.0 (7)


Calder Cup Playoff History
HartfordLowell
Appearances8th5th
Record (games)43-356-13
Record (series)10-61-4
OT record7-70-4
Calder Cup titles1 (2000)0
Losing finalist00


2004-05 Regular Season Series
HartfordLowell
Record5-2-0-13-5-0-0
at HFD2-1-0-12-2-0-0
at LOW3-1-0-01-3-0-0
Goals1915
Power play3/43 (7.0%)6/54 (11.1%)
ScoringOrtmeyer, 5+3=8
Hamilton, 3+3=6
Moore, 3+2=5
Zigomanis, 4+2=6
Staal, 2+3=5
Commodore, 1+3=4
GoaltendingValiquette, 5-0-1, 0.71
LaBarbera, 0-2-0, 3.71
Ward, 2-3-0, 1.82
Krahn, 1-2-0, 2.78

ResultsOct. 29HFD 3 at LOW 1
Dec. 3LOW 1 at HFD 0 (SO)
Jan. 22LOW 4 at HFD 6
Feb. 6HFD 0 at LOW 3
Mar. 12LOW 3 at HFD 1
Mar. 19HFD 3 at LOW 2
Mar. 23LOW 0 at HFD 1
Apr. 3HFD 5 at LOW 1


SERIES NOTEBOOK:
For the first time in AHL history, two teams with at least 100 points in the regular season are meeting in the first round of the Calder Cup Playoffs… Hartford reached overtime of Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final before falling last year; Lowell is in the postseason for the first time since 2002… The Wolf Pack held Chuck Kobasew, Colin Forbes and Eric Staal to a combined 10 points in eight meetings in the regular season… Kobasew, Mike Commodore and Matt Lombardi helped Calgary to the Stanley Cup Final in 2004… Hartford’s Jed Ortmeyer scored five of his seven goals on the year against Lowell… Steve Valiquette, who 172 of 176 Lowell shots (.977) in six appearances this season, played 15 games for the Lock Monsters over the 1998-99 and 1999-2000 seasons.



East Division Semifinal – Series “C”

Game 1 – Fri., Apr. 22 – Wilkes-Barre at Binghamton, 7:05
Game 2 – Sat., Apr. 23 – Wilkes-Barre at Binghamton, 7:05
Game 3 – Mon., Apr. 25 – Binghamton at Wilkes-Barre, 7:05
Game 4 – Wed., Apr. 27 – Binghamton at Wilkes-Barre, 7:05
*Game 5 – Fri., Apr. 29 – Wilkes-Barre at Binghamton, 7:05
*Game 6 – Sun., May 1 – Binghamton at Wilkes-Barre, 5:05
*Game 7 – Mon., May 2 – Wilkes-Barre at Binghamton, 7:05

Regular Season Comparison
BinghamtonW-B/Scranton
Record47-21-5-739-27-7-7
Points10692
Home27-6-3-423-12-2-3
Road20-15-2-316-15-5-4
Goals for276227
Goals against217219
PP% (rank)20.1 (1)14.6 (17)
PK% (rank)83.2 (19)82.9 (20)


Calder Cup Playoff History
BinghamtonW-B/Scranton
Appearances3rd4th
Record (games)8-828-23
Record (series)2-27-3
OT record2-010-8
Calder Cup titles00
Losing finalist02 (01-04)


2004-05 Regular Season Series
BinghamtonW-B/Scranton
Record7-1-0-01-4-3-0
at BNG4-0-0-00-2-2-0
at WBS3-1-0-01-2-1-0
Goals3117
Power play8/40 (20.0%)4/38 (10.5%)
ScoringSpezza, 5+11=16
Hamel, 4+6=10
Kelly, 3+6=9
Abid, 3+5=8
Lupaschuk, 1+4=5
Beech, 2+2=4
GoaltendingEmery, 5-1-0, 1.82
Thompson, 2-0-0, 2.41
Fleury, 1-3-0, 3.00
Sabourin, 0-2-0, 5.91

ResultsOct. 31BNG 0 at WBS 2
Nov. 19WBS 2 at BNG 3 (OT)
Nov. 20BNG 5 at WBS 4 (OT)
Jan. 7WBS 1 at BNG 5
Jan. 14WBS 3 at BNG 4 (OT)
Mar. 13BNG 6 at WBS 2
Apr. 6BNG 3 at WBS 1
Apr. 9WBS 2 at BNG 5


SERIES NOTEBOOK:
Binghamton won its final seven meetings with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton en route to the East Division title… The Senators allowed only four power-play goals to the Penguins while scoring five shorthanded goals themselves… League scoring champion Jason Spezza averaged two points per game against the Pens this season, and ended the regular season on a 20-game scoring streak… Binghamton co-coach John Paddock has won more Calder Cup Playoff games (80) than any other coach in AHL history… The Penguins have reached the Finals in two of their first three postseason trips… Michel Ouellet led Wilkes-Barre with 31 goals in the regular season, but scored just one in his final 29 games after the All-Star break… Fourteen members of last year’s conference champion Penguins are back this spring.



East Division Semifinal – Series “D”

Game 1 – Fri., Apr. 22 – Norfolk at Philadelphia, 7:05 (WC)
Game 2 – Sat., Apr. 23 – Norfolk at Philadelphia, 7:05 (WC)
Game 3 – Mon., Apr. 25 – Philadelphia at Norfolk, 7:30
Game 4 – Wed., Apr. 27 – Philadelphia at Norfolk, 7:30
*Game 5 – Fri., Apr. 29 – Philadelphia at Norfolk, 7:30
*Game 6 – TBA – Norfolk at Philadelphia
*Game 7 – TBA – Norfolk at Philadelphia

Regular Season Comparison
PhiladelphiaNorfolk
Record48-25-3-443-30-1-6
Points10393
Home26-10-2-225-13-0-2
Road22-15-1-218-17-1-4
Goals for235200
Goals against185188
PP% (rank)16.3 (9)15.7 (11)
PK% (rank)87.4 (5)90.0 (1)


Calder Cup Playoff History
PhiladelphiaNorfolk
Appearances8th5th
Record (games)45-3314-16
Record (series)10-63-4
OT record9-74-4
Calder Cup titles1 (1998)0
Losing finalist00


2004-05 Regular Season Series
PhiladelphiaNorfolk
Record4-3-2-16-2-1-1
at PHI1-1-2-14-0-1-0
at NOR3-2-0-02-2-0-1
Goals2328
Power play7/53 (13.2%)6/53 (11.3%)
ScoringUmberger, 5+4=9
Voce, 4+2=6
Sim, 1+4=5
Bourque, 5+3=8
Vorobiev, 5+2=7
Babchuk, 2+4=6
GoaltendingNiittymaki, 3-2-1, 1.94
Little, 1-3-0, 3.37
Leighton, 4-2-0, 1.79
Munro, 1-0-1, 2.40
Anderson, 1-1-0, 2.93

ResultsNov. 14NOR 2 at PHI 3 (OT)
Dec. 4NOR 2 at PHI 1 (OT)
Dec. 29NOR 2 at PHI 1 (OT)
Jan. 14PHI 2 at NOR 6
Jan. 16NOR 3 at PHI 2 (SO)
Feb. 9PHI 3 at NOR 1
Feb. 12PHI 2 at NOR 1
Apr. 2PHI 4 at NOR 3 (SO)
Apr. 6PHI 3 at NOR 4
Apr. 17NOR 4 at PHI 2


SERIES NOTEBOOK:
These teams are meeting in the East Division semifinals for the second year in a row; Philadelphia won last year’s series in six games… Game 4 of last year’s series was the eighth-longest game in AHL history, ending in the Phantoms’ favor at 13:02 of the third overtime… Norfolk earned 14 of a possible 20 points in the regular-season series with Philadelphia, including a 4-2 win in the 2004-05 finale on Sunday… Philadelphia head coach John Stevens won two Calder Cups as a player, including in 1998 with the Phantoms… Admirals goaltender Michael Leighton had a 0.57 goals-against average in four playoff appearances last spring… Philadelphia was 4-1-1-0 in the Wachovia Center this year.



North Division Semifinal – Series “E”

Game 1 – Wed., Apr. 20 – Hamilton at Rochester, 7:05
Game 2 – Fri., Apr. 22 – Hamilton at Rochester, 7:35
Game 3 – Sun., Apr. 24 – Rochester at Hamilton, 4:00
Game 4 – Tue., Apr. 26 – Rochester at Hamilton, 7:00
*Game 5 – Fri., Apr. 29 – Hamilton at Rochester, 7:35
*Game 6 – Sun., May 1 – Rochester at Hamilton, 4:00
*Game 7 – Mon., May 2 – Hamilton at Rochester, 7:05

Regular Season Comparison
RochesterHamilton
Record51-19-4-638-29-7-6
Points11289
Home27-8-3-220-14-2-4
Road24-11-1-418-15-5-2
Goals for243225
Goals against208210
PP% (rank)18.9 (2)15.3 (13)
PK% (rank)85.9 (10)84.6 (13)


Calder Cup Playoff History
RochesterHamilton
Appearances39th8th
Record (games)200-17853-47
Record (series)43-3212-7
OT record29-3612-7
Calder Cup titles6
(65-66-68-83-87-96)
0
Losing finalist10
(57-60-67-77-84-
90-91-93-99-00)
2 (97-03)


2004-05 Regular Season Series
RochesterHamilton
Record7-2-0-13-7-0-0
at ROC3-1-0-12-3-0-0
at HAM4-1-0-01-4-0-0
Goals2823
Power play7/30 (23.3%)9/42 (21.4%)
ScoringTaylor, 4+5=9
Vanek, 4+4=8
Paetsch, 2+6=8
Higgins, 4+4=8
Plekanec, 3+4=7
Ward, 3+4=7
GoaltendingMiller, 6-2-1, 2.10
Askey, 1-0-0, 2.00
Ellis, 2-4-0, 2.49
Danis, 1-3-0, 3.46

ResultsNov. 10HAM 0 at ROC 1
Nov. 20HAM 1 at ROC 3
Nov. 24HAM 3 at ROC 1
Dec. 11HAM 3 at ROC 2 (SO)
Jan. 26ROC 4 at HAM 2
Jan. 29ROC 3 at HAM 2
Feb. 2HAM 2 at ROC 3
Feb. 12ROC 2 at HAM 5
Feb. 25ROC 4 at HAM 2
Apr. 15ROC 5 at HAM 3


SERIES NOTEBOOK:
Rochester led the league with 112 points in the regular season, but lost eight of its last 11 games to end the regular season… Hamilton’s 89 points are the fewest of any playoff qualifier this year, but the Bulldogs went 11-3-1-1 down the stretch… Hamilton has never lost a first-round playoff series (7-0), but also has never beaten the Americans in a postseason series (0-3)… Including last year’s four-game playoff sweep, Amerks goalie Ryan Miller is 10-2-1 in his last 13 decisions against the ’Dogs… Rochester defenseman David Cullen was on the Houston team that beat Hamilton in the 2003 Calder Cup Final… Tomas Plekanec led the Bulldogs in goals (29), assists (35), points (64), PPG (11) and GWG (7) in 2004-05… Rookie Yann Danis was 7-1-1 in his last nine decisions for Hamilton.



North Division Semifinal – Series “F”

Game 1 – Wed., Apr. 20 – Manitoba at St. John’s, 6:05
Game 2 – Fri., Apr. 22 – Manitoba at St. John’s, 6:05
Game 3 – Mon., Apr. 25 – St. John’s at Manitoba, 8:30
Game 4 – Wed., Apr. 27 – St. John’s at Manitoba, 8:30
*Game 5 – Fri., Apr. 29 – St. John’s at Manitoba, 8:30
*Game 6 – Sat., Apr. 30 – Manitoba vs. St. John’s, 7:05 (ACC)
*Game 7 – Mon., May 2 – Manitoba vs. St. John’s, 7:35 (ACC)

Regular Season Comparison
St. John’sManitoba
Record46-28-1-544-26-3-7
Points9898
Home28-9-0-322-14-1-3
Road18-19-1-222-12-2-4
Goals for244243
Goals against232210
PP% (rank)17.3 (7)18.0 (5)
PK% (rank)84.3 (15)83.9 (18)


Calder Cup Playoff History
St. John’sManitoba
Appearances11th3rd
Record (games)38-4211-10
Record (series)7-103-2
OT record5-102-1
Calder Cup titles00
Losing finalist1 (1992)0


2004-05 Regular Season Series
St. John’sManitoba
Record4-3-0-14-4-0-0
at STJ2-1-0-12-2-0-0
at MTB2-2-0-02-2-0-0
Goals3225
Power play10/50 (20.0%)7/41 (17.1%)
ScoringWellwood, 6+13=19
Ling, 6+8=14
Stajan, 1+8=9
Sarno, 1+8=9
Bieksa, 2+6=8
Goren, 4+2=6
GoaltendingTellqvist, 3-2-0, 2.51
Racine, 1-1-0, 3.28
Aubin, 0-0-0, 5.01
Auld, 2-3-0, 4.18
Flaherty, 2-1-0, 3.74

ResultsOct. 25MTB 3 at STJ 1
Oct. 26MTB 2 at STJ 4
Nov. 17STJ 2 at MTB 4
Nov. 19STJ 5 at MTB 3
Feb. 11MTB 4 at STJ 3 (SO)
Feb. 12MTB 1 at STJ 6
Mar. 24STJ 4 at MTB 6
Mar. 26STJ 7 at MTB 2


SERIES NOTEBOOK:
After missing the postseason in 2004, both St. John’s and Manitoba recorded 98 points in 2004-05 to finish tied for second in the North Division… Maple Leafs Kyle Wellwood and David Ling, two of the AHL’s top four scorers this season, combined for 33 points in eight meetings with Manitoba… The Leafs’ Doug Shedden never played in a playoff game in 10 AHL and NHL seasons, but won five championships as a coach in the Central and United leagues… The Moose opened up the MTS Centre with a 4-2 win over St. John’s on Nov. 17… Manitoba’s Peter Sarno finished second in the AHL with 66 assists… Wade Flaherty won the Jack Butterfield Trophy as MVP of the 2004 Calder Cup Playoffs with Milwaukee.



West Division Semifinal – Series “G”

Game 1 – Tue., Apr. 19 – Houston at Chicago, 8:00
Game 2 – Thu., Apr. 21 – Houston at Chicago, 8:00
Game 3 – Sat., Apr. 23 – Chicago at Houston, 8:05
Game 4 – Sun., Apr. 24 – Chicago at Houston, 6:05
*Game 5 – Tue., Apr. 26 – Chicago at Houston, 8:05
*Game 6 – Thu., Apr. 28 – Houston at Chicago, 8:00
*Game 7 – Sat., Apr. 30 – Houston at Chicago, 8:00

Regular Season Comparison
ChicagoHouston
Record49-24-5-240-28-6-6
Points10592
Home28-7-4-123-13-1-3
Road21-17-1-117-15-5-3
Goals for245212
Goals against211195
PP% (rank)16.1 (10)16.6 (8)
PK% (rank)84.5 (14)88.0 (3)


Calder Cup Playoff History
ChicagoHouston
Appearances4th4th
Record (games)26-1823-16
Record (series)7-26-2
OT record6-34-5
Calder Cup titles1 (2002)1 (2003)
Losing finalist00


2004-05 Regular Season Series
ChicagoHouston
Record5-3-1-15-3-2-0
at CHI4-0-0-11-2-2-0
at HOU1-3-1-04-1-0-0
Goals3130
Power play6/51 (11.8%)8/48 (16.7%)
ScoringMaltais, 4+6=10
Roche, 3+5=8
Santala, 1+7=8
Bouchard, 3+10=13
Law, 5+6=11
Cullen, 2+7=9
GoaltendingLehtonen, 5-2-1, 2.02
Garnett, 0-2-0, 4.67
Harding, 3-5-0, 3.05
Smith, 2-0-0, 2.44

ResultsOct. 20HOU 4 at CHI 5 (OT)