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AHL Morning Skate: 4.18.19

Take a game-day spin around the AHL ice with latest news and notes from the 2019 Calder Cup Playoffs in today’s AHL Morning Skate.

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Game 1 – Saturday, 7:05 ET, AHLTV

Atlantic Division Semifinals – Series “A” (best-of-5)
A1-Charlotte Checkers vs. A4-Providence Bruins
Game 1 – Sat., Apr. 20 – Charlotte at Providence, 7:05
Game 2 – Sun., Apr. 21 – Charlotte at Providence, 5:05
Game 3 – Wed., Apr. 24 – Providence at Charlotte, 7:00
*Game 4 – Fri., Apr. 26 – Providence at Charlotte, 7:00
*Game 5 – Sat., Apr. 27 – Providence at Charlotte, 6:00
*if necessary… All times Eastern


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Game 1 – Friday, 7:00 ET, AHLTV

Atlantic Division Semifinals – Series “B” (best-of-5)
A2-Bridgeport Sound Tigers vs. A3-Hershey Bears
Game 1 – Fri., Apr. 19 – Hershey at Bridgeport, 7:00
Game 2 – Sat., Apr. 20 – Hershey at Bridgeport, 7:00
Game 3 – Tue., Apr. 23 – Bridgeport at Hershey, 7:00
*Game 4 – Thu., Apr. 25 – Bridgeport at Hershey, 7:00
*Game 5 – Sat., Apr. 27 – Hershey at Bridgeport, 7:00
*if necessary… All times Eastern


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Game 1 – Friday, 7:00 ET, AHLTV

North Division Semifinals – Series “C” (best-of-5)
N1-Syracuse Crunch vs. N4-Cleveland Monsters
Game 1 – Fri., Apr. 19 – Cleveland at Syracuse, 7:00
Game 2 – Sat., Apr. 20 – Cleveland at Syracuse, 7:00
Game 3 – Tue., Apr. 23 – Syracuse at Cleveland, 7:30
*Game 4 – Thu., Apr. 25 – Syracuse at Cleveland, 7:00
*Game 5 – Sat., Apr. 27 – Cleveland at Syracuse, 7:00
*if necessary… All times Eastern


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Game 1 – Friday, 7:05 ET, AHLTV

North Division Semifinals – Series “D” (best-of-5)
N2-Rochester Americans vs. N3-Toronto Marlies
Game 1 – Fri., Apr. 19 – Toronto at Rochester, 7:05
Game 2 – Sun., Apr. 21 – Toronto at Rochester, 3:05
Game 3 – Wed., Apr. 24 – Rochester at Toronto, 7:00
*Game 4 – Fri., Apr. 26 – Rochester at Toronto, 7:00
*Game 5 – Sun., Apr. 28 – Toronto at Rochester, 5:05
*if necessary… All times Eastern


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Game 1 – Friday, 8:00 ET, AHLTV

Central Division Semifinals – Series “E” (best-of-5)
C1-Chicago Wolves vs. C4-Grand Rapids Griffins
Game 1 – Fri., Apr. 19 – Grand Rapids at Chicago, 8:00
Game 2 – Sat., Apr. 20 – Grand Rapids at Chicago, 8:00
Game 3 – Tue., Apr. 23 – Chicago at Grand Rapids, 7:00
*Game 4 – Wed., Apr. 24 – Chicago at Grand Rapids, 7:00
*Game 5 – Sun., Apr. 28 – Grand Rapids at Chicago, 4:00
*if necessary… All times Eastern


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Game 1 – Sunday, 5:00 ET, AHLTV

Central Division Semifinals – Series “F” (best-of-5)
C2-Milwaukee Admirals vs. C3-Iowa Wild
Game 1 – Sun., Apr. 21 – Milwaukee at Iowa, 5:00
Game 2 – Tue., Apr. 23 – Milwaukee at Iowa, 8:00
Game 3 – Thu., Apr. 25 – Iowa at Milwaukee, 8:00
*Game 4 – Fri., Apr. 26 – Iowa at Milwaukee, 8:00
*Game 5 – Mon., Apr. 29 – Iowa at Milwaukee, 8:00
*if necessary… All times Eastern


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Game 1 – Friday, 9:05 ET, AHLTV

Pacific Division Semifinals – Series “G” (best-of-5)
P1-Bakersfield Condors vs. P4-Colorado Eagles
Game 1 – Fri., Apr. 19 – Bakersfield at Colorado, 9:05
Game 2 – Sat., Apr. 20 – Bakersfield at Colorado, 9:05
Game 3 – Tue., Apr. 23 – Colorado at Bakersfield, 10:00
*Game 4 – Sat., Apr. 27 – Colorado at Bakersfield, 10:00
*Game 5 – Sun., Apr. 28 – Colorado at Bakersfield, 8:00
*if necessary… All times Eastern


 
Game 2 – Tonight, 10:00 ET, AHLTV
(SD leads series, 1-0)

San Diego hosts San Jose in Game 2 tonight after an explosive start to the Calder Cup Playoffs last night… Kiefer Sherwood scored his second goal of the night at the 1:13 mark of overtime to give the Gulls a 6-5 victory in a Game 1 that started with six goals — and two goaltending changes — in the first 10:18 of the contest… It was the first career two-goal game for the rookie Sherwood, who appeared in 50 games with the parent Anaheim Ducks in 2018-19… Sam Carrick added a goal and two assists and Corey Tropp and Jacob Larsson notched a goal and an assist each for San Diego, which erased a 3-0 deficit in the first period and a 5-3 deficit in the second… T.J. Hensick tallied a goal and two assists for the Barracuda, while Ivan Chekhovich and Dylan Gambrell picked up a goal and an assist apiece… San Jose raced out to a 3-0 lead just 6:15 into the game, sending San Diego starting goaltender Kevin Boyle to the bench… The Gulls responded with three goals in a span of 3:08, and the Barracuda lifted starter Antoine BibeauJeff Glass stopped 27 of 29 shots in relief to earn the win for San Diego; Josef Korenar made 31 saves but took the loss… Ben Street recorded two assists for the Gulls, and now has points in nine straight postseason games dating back to the 2017 Calder Cup Finals with Grand Rapids (6-7-13)… All 11 goals in Game 1 were scored at full strength; San Jose was 0-for-3 on the power play and San Diego was 0-for-2.

Pacific Division Semifinals – Series “H” (best-of-5)
P2-San Jose Barracuda vs. P3-San Diego Gulls
Game 1 – Wed., Apr. 17 – SAN DIEGO 6, San Jose 5 (OT) | Recap
Game 2 – Thu., Apr. 18 – San Jose at San Diego, 10:00
Game 3 – Mon., Apr. 22 – San Diego at San Jose, 10:00
*Game 4 – Wed., Apr. 24 – San Diego at San Jose, 10:00
*Game 5 – Thu., Apr. 25 – San Diego at San Jose, 10:00
*if necessary… All times Eastern


300 Club
The San Jose-San Diego series marks just the second time in AHL history that two head coaches with at least 300 career victories have faced each other in the Calder Cup Playoffs… The Barracuda’s Roy Sommer is the AHL career leader with 764 regular-season wins; the Gulls’ Dallas Eakins ranks 17th with 311 regular-season wins.

The only previous playoff meeting between 300-win coaches came in 1965, when Johnny Crawford‘s Baltimore Clippers met Frank Mathers‘ Hershey Bears in the league quarterfinals… Crawford entered that series with 319 victories; Mathers had 312… The Bears won, three games to two.


Alumni Watch
In last night’s Stanley Cup Playoff action, Roope Hintz, who helped Texas reach the Calder Cup Finals a year ago, scored his first two career Stanley Cup Playoff goals in Dallas’s 5-1 win over Nashville… 2016 AHL Rookie of the Year co-winner Mikko Rantanen scored with 2:50 left in regulation and again 10:23 into overtime to give Colorado a 3-2 win over Calgary and a 3-1 series lead… David Pastrnak scored twice in a 95-second span and Boston went on to a 6-4 win over Toronto, evening their series at two games apiece.


Watch the Calder Cup Playoffs on AHLTV
Don’t miss a second on the road to the 2019 Calder Cup championship. AHLTV features live streaming of every AHL game in high definition on desktop, laptop, tablet and mobile devices, as well as OTT platforms such as Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Android TV. A subscription is just $24.99 for the entire postseason, or just $7.99 for a day pass. Visit theahl.com/AHLTV for details.