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Monarchs, Amerks, Barons punch tickets

April 20, 2013

Manchester, Rochester and Oklahoma City all joined the Calder Cup Playoff party on Saturday night, clinching playoff berths on the next-to-last day of the regular season.

The Monarchs won their sixth straight game, defeating Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, 3-1, to secure their 11th trip to the postseason in 12 seasons.

Manchester will finish seventh in the Eastern Conference and will play either Springfield or Syracuse in the first round of the playoffs.

Rochester makes it to the playoffs in back-to-back seasons for the first time since ending a 16-year run in 2005, getting in with a 5-1 win over Hamilton on Saturday.

The Amerks have won nine of their last 13 games heading into Sunday's finale in Hamilton.

Oklahoma City rolled past Abbotsford, 7-3, to clinch a playoff spot for the third year in a row on Saturday.

The Barons, who advanced to the Western Conference Finals last season, are 19-7-0-5 in their last 31 games.