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AHL Morning Skate: 4.21.19

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 2 – Today, 5:05 ET, AHLTV
(CHA leads series, 1-0)

Charlotte and Providence face off in Game 2 of their Atlantic Division semifinal series this evening, dropping the puck less than 20 hours after the Checkers wrapped up a 5-4 victory in last night’s opener… Two of the AHL’s top six defensive teams in the regular season combined to surrender nine goals on 54 shots in Game 1, with Bobby Sanguinetti getting the game-winner 7:06 into the third period… Rookie forward Morgan Geekie scored twice for the Checkers last night, giving Charlotte a 2-0 lead just 3:49 into the game; Geekie scored 19 times during the regular season, but never had a two-goal game… Andrew Poturalski and Nick Schilkey each assisted on both of Geekie’s goals… Tomas Jurco picked up his 14th career Calder Cup Playoff goal in Game 1, a power-play marker in the second period… Anton Blidh and Jordan Szwarz notched a goal and an assist each for the Bruins, who erased deficits of 2-0 and 4-3 in the contest… Cooper Zech and Paul Carey also had goals for Providence… The Checkers improved to 39-0-0-0 this season when leading after two periods.

Atlantic Division Semifinals – Series “A” (best-of-5)
A1-Charlotte Checkers vs. A4-Providence Bruins
Game 1 – Sat., Apr. 20 – Charlotte 5, PROVIDENCE 4 | Recap
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 3 – Tuesday, 7:00 ET, AHLTV
(Series tied, 1-1)

Atlantic Division Semifinals – Series “B” (best-of-5)
A2-Bridgeport Sound Tigers vs. A3-Hershey Bears
Game 1 – Fri., Apr. 19 – BRIDGEPORT 3, Hershey 2 (2OT) | Recap
Game 2 – Sat., Apr. 20 – Hershey 2, BRIDGEPORT 0 | Recap
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 3 – Tuesday, 7:30 ET, AHLTV
(CLE leads series, 2-0)

North Division Semifinals – Series “C” (best-of-5)
N1-Syracuse Crunch vs. N4-Cleveland Monsters
Game 1 – Fri., Apr. 19 – Cleveland 5, SYRACUSE 3 | Recap
Game 2 – Sat., Apr. 20 – Cleveland 5, SYRACUSE 1 | Recap
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 2 – Today, 3:05 ET, AHLTV
(TOR leads series, 1-0)

Rochester hosts Toronto in Game 2 this afternoon, looking to bounce back from a 4-1 loss in the series opener on Friday night… Chris Mueller scored two goals and added an assist for the Marlies, giving him 67 points in 89 career Calder Cup Playoff games… Former Amerk Nic Baptiste also scored in Game 1, and Adam Brooks added a shorthanded tally… Rasmus Sandin registered three assists in his postseason debut… Kasimir Kaskisuo turned aside 29 shots in the win, losing his shutout bid with 1:08 left in regulation… Tage Thompson, who finished the regular season with 6-3-9 in eight games after joining Rochester from the Buffalo Sabres, scored the Amerks’ only goal in Game 1… Scott Wedgewood finished with 19 saves in the loss… The Marlies improved to 7-0 all-time in postseason games against Rochester.

North Division Semifinals – Series “D” (best-of-5)
N2-Rochester Americans vs. N3-Toronto Marlies
Game 1 – Fri., Apr. 19 – Toronto 4, ROCHESTER 1 | Recap
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 3 – Tuesday, 7:00 ET, AHLTV
(Series tied, 1-1)

Central Division Semifinals – Series “E” (best-of-5)
C1-Chicago Wolves vs. C4-Grand Rapids Griffins
Game 1 – Fri., Apr. 19 – Grand Rapids 5, CHICAGO 1 | Recap
Game 2 – Sat., Apr. 20 – CHICAGO 3, Grand Rapids 1 | Recap
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 – Today, 5:00 ET, AHLTV

The final Game 1 of the opening round pits Milwaukee against Iowa at Wells Fargo Arena this afternoon… The Admirals finished the regular season with points in 14 straight games (11-0-2-1), climbing from seventh place in the Central Division on Mar. 23 to a second-place finish three weeks later… The Wild were mired in an eight-game losing streak before winning their last three games of the regular season to wind up in third place and earn the first postseason trip in their six-year history… Iowa was 4-1-0-1 against Milwaukee in 2018-19 and allowed a total of nine goals in the six games — including one goal in the three games played in Des Moines… Cal O’Reilly, who led the Wild with 16-51-67 in 67 games this season, is the second-leading AHL scorer in Admirals franchise history with 253 points in 262 games from 2006 to 2010… Milwaukee enters Game 1 having lost 11 consecutive postseason games, one shy of the longest such streak in Calder Cup Playoff history.

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 3 – Tuesday, 10:00 ET, AHLTV
(Series tied, 1-1)

Pacific Division Semifinals – Series “G” (best-of-5)
P1-Bakersfield Condors vs. P4-Colorado Eagles
Game 1 – Fri., Apr. 19 – Bakersfield 3, COLORADO 2 | Recap
Game 2 – Sat., Apr. 20 – COLORADO 4, Bakersfield 1 | Recap
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


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Game 3 – Monday, 10:00 ET, AHLTV
(Series tied, 1-1)

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 5, SAN DIEGO 3 | Recap
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


Alumni Watch
In last night’s Stanley Cup Playoff action, Jaden Schwartz had a natural hat trick and Jordan Binnington made 18 saves as St. Louis eliminated Winnipeg with a 3-2 win in Game 6… Braden Holtby stopped 30 shots and 2015 Calder Cup champion Nic Dowd scored on a penalty shot in Washington’s 6-0 victory over Carolina… Jason Dickinson, a Calder Cup finalist with Texas last spring, scored his first two career Stanley Cup Playoff goals as Dallas defeated Nashville, 5-3.


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.