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Atlantic Division Semifinal – Series “B”
A2-Manchester Monarchs vs. A3-Worcester IceCats

Game 1 – Thu., Apr. 15Worcester at Manchester, 7:05 ET
Game 2 – Sat., Apr. 17Worcester at Manchester, 7:35 ET
Game 3 – Sun., Apr. 18Manchester at Worcester, 5:05 ET
Game 4 – Tue., Apr. 20Manchester at Worcester, 7:05 ET
Game 5 – Thu., Apr. 22Worcester at Manchester, 7:05 ET (if necessary)
Game 6 – Sat., Apr. 24Manchester at Worcester, 7:05 ET (if necessary)
Game 7 – Sun., Apr. 25Worcester at Manchester, 4:05 ET (if necessary)


Regular Season Comparison
ManchesterWorcester
Record40-28-7-537-27-13-3
Points9290
Home23-10-3-418-14-7-1
Road17-18-4-119-13-6-2
Goals for223207
Goals against181186
PP% (rank)14.1 (19)15.2 (15)
PK% (rank)85.7 (14)88.8 (3)


Calder Cup Playoff History
ManchesterWorcester
Appearances3rd9th
Record (games)2-621-29
Record (series)0-23-8
OT record0-13-5
Calder Cup titles00
Losing finalist00


2003-04 Regular Season Series
ManchesterWorcester
Record4-3-3-03-4-3-0
at MCH3-2-0-02-3-0-0
at WOR1-1-3-01-1-3-0
Goals3127
Power play8/39 (20.5%)8/57 (14.0%)
ScoringRosa, 8+5=13
Kelly, 3+8=11
Schmidt, 3+5=8
Sejna, 3+5=8
Panzer, 2+5=7
Pohl, 1+6=7
GoaltendingHauser, 2-0-3, 2.10
Hnilicka, 1-3-0, 2.79
Moreland, 1-0-0, 2.04
Sanford, 0-4-0, 3.03

ResultsOct. 10WOR 3 at MCH 2
Nov. 7MCH 1 at WOR 1 (OT)
Nov. 30MCH 3 at WOR 5
Dec. 27WOR 4 at MCH 6
Jan. 31MCH 3 at WOR 3 (OT)
Feb. 7WOR 1 at MCH 3
Feb. 11MCH 4 at WOR 4 (OT)
Mar. 12WOR 2 at MCH 3
Apr. 9MCH 4 at WOR 1
Apr. 11WOR 3 at MCH 2


SERIES NOTEBOOK:
Despite a third consecutive 90-point season, Manchester is still looking for its first playoff series win… Monarchs Steve Kelly and Bryan Muir reached the Calder Cup Final as teammates in Hamilton in 1997… Kelly went on to win a Stanley Cup with New Jersey in 2000; Muir followed suit with Colorado in 2001… Manchester’s Pavel Rosa won the AHL scoring title with 88 points in the regular season… IceCats forward Mike Glumac placed second among AHL rookies with 52 points… The IceCats are in the Calder Cup Playoffs for the ninth straight season, the second-longest active streak after Rochester (15)… Worcester was one of two teams (Cleveland) to record more road wins than home wins in ’03-’04.

East Division Semifinal – Series “D”
E2-Bridgeport Sound Tigers vs.
E3-Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins


Game 1 – Thu., Apr. 15Wilkes-Barre at Bridgeport, 7:05 ET
Game 2 – Sat., Apr. 17Wilkes-Barre at Bridgeport, 7:05 ET
Game 3 – Sun., Apr. 18Bridgeport at Wilkes-Barre, 5:05 ET
Game 4 – Tue., Apr. 20Bridgeport at Wilkes-Barre, 7:05 ET
Game 5 – Thu., Apr. 22Wilkes-Barre at Bridgeport, 7:05 ET (if necessary)
Game 6 – Fri., Apr. 23Bridgeport at Wilkes-Barre, 7:05 ET (if necessary)
Game 7 – Sun., Apr. 25Wilkes-Barre at Bridgeport, 4:05 ET (if necessary)


Regular Season Comparison
BridgeportWilkes-Barre
Record41-23-12-434-28-10-8
Points9886
Home21-10-7-219-14-5-2
Road20-13-5-215-14-5-6
Goals for178197
Goals against140197
PP% (rank)12.7 (21)14.8 (17)
PK% (rank)90.7 (1)80.3 (27)


Calder Cup Playoff History
BridgeportWilkes-Barre
Appearances3rd3rd
Record (games)17-1216-11
Record (series)4-24-2
OT record2-45-2
Calder Cup titles00
Losing finalist1 (2002)1 (2001)


2003-04 Regular Season Series
BridgeportWilkes-Barre
Record5-1-1-12-3-1-2
at BRI3-1-0-01-1-0-2
at WBS2-0-1-11-2-1-0
Goals1914
Power play8/38 (21.1%)2/33 (6.1%)
ScoringHamilton, 7+4=11
Kraft, 3+4=7
Jarrett, 1+4=5
Scuderi, 0+5=5
Meloche, 3+1=4
Ouellet, 2+2=4
GoaltendingDubielewicz, 4-0-0, 1.24
Kochan, 1-1-1, 2.23
Caron, 0-1-1, 1.94
Chiodo, 1-3-0, 2.20

ResultsOct. 25BRI 4 at WBS 1
Nov. 16WBS 2 at BRI 3 (OT)
Dec. 17WBS 3 at BRI 2
Dec. 30BRI 1 at WBS 2 (OT)
Mar. 5WBS 1 at BRI 2
Mar. 17BRI 2 at WBS 1
Mar. 31WBS 2 at BRI 3 (OT)
Apr. 11BRI 2 at WBS 2 (OT)


SERIES NOTEBOOK:
Of the eight meetings between Bridgeport and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in 2003-04, six were decided by one goal and one finished tied… The Penguins ended the Sound Tigers’ 20-game unbeaten streak with a 3-2 win on Dec. 17… Bridgeport finished the regular season without a loss in eight straight (5-0-3-0), while Wilkes-Barre was winless in four (0-1-2-1)… The Pens’ Michel Ouellet led all AHL rookies with 30 goals… The Sound Tigers allowed a record-low 140 goals in the regular season behind the goaltending of AHL Rookie of the Year Wade Dubielewicz and 2003 Calder Cup champion Dieter KochanTom Kostopoulos, Toby Petersen and Eric Meloche have played all 27 playoff games in Pens history.

North Division Semifinal – Series “F”
N2-Syracuse Crunch vs. N3-Rochester Americans

Game 1 – Fri., Apr. 16Rochester at Syracuse, 7:30 ET
Game 2 – Sat., Apr. 17Rochester at Syracuse, 7:30 ET
Game 3 – Wed., Apr. 21Syracuse at Rochester, 7:05 ET
Game 4 – Fri., Apr. 23Syracuse at Rochester, 7:35 ET
Game 5 – Sun., Apr. 25Rochester at Syracuse, 5:00 ET (if necessary)
Game 6 – Wed., Apr. 28Syracuse at Rochester, 7:05 ET (if necessary)
Game 7 – Sat., May 1Rochester at Syracuse, 7:30 ET (if necessary)


Regular Season Comparison
SyracuseRochester
Record38-25-10-737-28-10-5
Points9389
Home21-8-6-525-11-3-1
Road17-17-4-212-17-7-4
Goals for239207
Goals against235188
PP% (rank)17.0 (3)18.1 (1)
PK% (rank)84.6 (19)87.2 (8)


Calder Cup Playoff History
SyracuseRochester
Appearances7th38th
Record (games)19-24191-171
Record (series)3-641-31
OT record2-428-35
Calder Cup titles06
(65-66-68-83-87-96)
Losing finalist010
(57-60-67-77-84
90-91-93-99-00)


2003-04 Regular Season Series
SyracuseRochester
Record5-7-0-07-4-0-1
at SYR5-1-0-00-6-0-0
at ROC1-4-0-16-0-0-0
Goals2541
Power play6/68 (8.8%)14/65 (21.5%)
ScoringJackman, 6+2=8
Moran, 2+5=7
Hartigan, 1+5=6
Pittis, 3+9=12
Pominville, 5+6=11
Botterill, 6+3=9
GoaltendingLeclaire, 4-3-0, 2.86
Goehring, 1-3-0, 3.55
Miller, 6-5-0, 2.00
Askey, 1-0-0, 2.00

ResultsOct. 18ROC 0 at SYR 2
Oct. 26SYR 2 at ROC 5
Nov. 21ROC 3 at SYR 5
Dec. 28SYR 2 at ROC 4
Jan. 10ROC 2 at SYR 3
Feb. 14ROC 2 at SYR 3 (OT)
Feb. 20SYR 1 at ROC 5
Feb. 29SYR 0 at ROC 6 (at Buffalo)
Mar. 20ROC 1 at SYR 3
Apr. 2SYR 0 at ROC 4
Apr. 3ROC 5 at SYR 3
Apr. 9SYR 1 at ROC 4


SERIES NOTEBOOK:
The home team went 11-1-0 in the season series between these teams, including a 6-0 Rochester win at the HSBC Arena in Buffalo on Feb. 29… The clubs have met 112 times in the regular season since 1994, with the Amerks holding a 57-42-13 edge… Rochester defeated Syracuse, 4-1, in the ’96 conference finals and 3-0 in the ’97 division semis… The Amerks have lost four straight playoff series since reaching the 2000 Finals; the Crunch have just one series win since ’97… Ex-Crunch and current Rochester forward Domenic Pittis ranks 22nd all-time in Calder Cup Playoff scoring with 61 points in 52 games.

West Division Semifinal – Series “H”
W2-Grand Rapids Griffins vs. W3-Chicago Wolves

Game 1 – Fri., Apr. 16Chicago at Grand Rapids, 7:30 ET
Game 2 – Sun., Apr. 18Chicago at Grand Rapids, 6:00 ET
Game 3 – Wed., Apr. 21Grand Rapids at Chicago, 7:00 CT
Game 4 – Fri., Apr. 23Grand Rapids at Chicago, 7:30 CT
Game 5 – Sat., Apr. 24Chicago at Grand Rapids, 8:00 ET (if necessary)
Game 6 – Mon., Apr. 26Grand Rapids at Chicago, 7:00 CT (if necessary)
Game 7 – Wed., Apr. 28Chicago at Grand Rapids, 7:00 ET (if necessary)


Regular Season Comparison
Grand RapidsChicago
Record44-28-8-042-26-9-3
Points9696
Home24-10-6-026-10-3-1
Road20-18-2-016-16-6-2
Goals for195246
Goals against166208
PP% (rank)16.7 (5)17.9 (2)
PK% (rank)87.0 (9)86.1 (12)


Calder Cup Playoff History
Grand RapidsChicago
Appearances3rd3rd
Record (games)12-820-14
Record (series)2-26-1
OT record3-15-1
Calder Cup titles01 (2002)
Losing finalist00


2003-04 Regular Season Series
Grand RapidsChicago
Record6-4-0-04-4-0-2
at GRA4-1-0-01-3-0-1
at CHI2-3-0-03-1-0-1
Goals2524
Power play7/46 (15.2%)8/53 (15.1%)
ScoringHudler, 1+7=8
Robinson, 4+2=6
Miller, 4+2=6
Maltais, 5+3=8
Healey, 4+2=6
Heins, 2+4=6
GoaltendingMacDonald, 2-2-0, 2.26
Lamothe, 4-2-0, 2.49
Cassivi, 3-4-0, 2.42
Lehtonen, 1-2-0, 2.70

ResultsOct. 11GRA 3 at CHI 2 (OT)
Nov. 1GRA 3 at CHI 4
Nov. 26GRA 3 at CHI 0
Nov. 28CHI 2 at GRA 3
Jan. 2GRA 1 at CHI 4
Jan. 16CHI 3 at GRA 4 (OT)
Feb. 6CHI 2 at GRA 3
Feb. 27CHI 2 at GRA 4
Apr. 2CHI 3 at GRA 0
Apr. 3GRA 1 at CHI 2


SERIES NOTEBOOK:
This series marks the third time in AHL history (Rochester-Adirondack in 1988, Binghamton-New Haven in 1987) that two teams with at least 95 points each have met in the first round of the Calder Cup Playoffs… The Griffins and Wolves are meeting for the third straight postseason; Chicago won in 2002, while Grand Rapids prevailed last year… The Wolves led the AHL with 26 home wins in 2003-04, and won seven straight overall before a season-ending loss to Milwaukee… The Griffins lost five of their last eight at Van Andel Arena after a 16-game home unbeaten streak… Grand Rapids’ Michel Picard and Jeff Nelson were teammates on Portland’s Calder Cup championship team 10 years ago… Rookie Karl Stewart led Chicago in both plus/minus (plus-24) and penalty minutes (186) in the regular season.