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AHL Morning Skate: 4.24.18

Take a game-day spin around the AHL ice with latest news and notes from the 2018 Calder Cup Playoffs in today’s AHL Morning Skate.

Playoff Brackets | Today’s Scoreboard | League Stats | Series Infographics


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Game 3 – Friday, 7:05 ET, AHL Live
(Series tied, 1-1)

Atlantic Division Semifinals – Series “A” (best-of-5)
A1-Lehigh Valley Phantoms vs. A4-Providence Bruins
Game 1 – Fri., Apr. 20 – Lehigh Valley 3, PROVIDENCE 2 | Recap
Game 2 – Sat., Apr. 21 – PROVIDENCE 5, Lehigh Valley 3 | Recap
Game 3 – Fri., Apr. 27 – Providence at Lehigh Valley, 7:05
Game 4 – Sat., Apr. 28 – Providence at Lehigh Valley, 7:05
*Game 5 – Mon., Apr. 30 – Providence at Lehigh Valley, 7:05
*if necessary… All times Eastern


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Game 3 – Thursday, 7:05 ET, AHL Live
(CHA leads series, 2-0)

Atlantic Division Semifinals – Series “B” (best-of-5)
A2-Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins vs. A3-Charlotte Checkers
Game 1 – Fri., Apr. 20 – CHARLOTTE 3, W-B/Scranton 2 (OT) | Recap
Game 2 – Sat., Apr. 21 – CHARLOTTE 4, W-B/Scranton 1 | Recap
Game 3 – Thu., Apr. 26 – Charlotte at W-B/Scranton, 7:05
*Game 4 – Sat., Apr. 28 – Charlotte at W-B/Scranton, 7:05
*Game 5 – Sun., Apr. 29 – Charlotte at W-B/Scranton, 3:05
*if necessary… All times Eastern


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Game 3 – Wednesday, 7:00 ET, AHL Live
(TOR leads series, 2-0)

North Division Semifinals – Series “C” (best-of-5)
N1-Toronto Marlies vs. N4-Utica Comets
Game 1 – Sat., Apr. 21 – TORONTO 3, Utica 2 (OT) | Recap
Game 2 – Sun., Apr. 22 – TORONTO 5, Utica 2 | Recap
Game 3 – Wed., Apr. 25 – Toronto at Utica, 7:00
*Game 4 – Fri., Apr. 27 – Toronto at Utica, 7:00
*Game 5 – Sun., Apr. 29 – Utica at Toronto, 4:00
*if necessary… All times Eastern


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Game 3 – Wednesday, 7:05 ET, AHL Live
(SYR leads series, 2-0)

North Division Semifinals – Series “D” (best-of-5)
N2-Syracuse Crunch vs. N3-Rochester Americans
Game 1 – Fri., Apr. 20 – SYRACUSE 6, Rochester 2 | Recap
Game 2 – Sat., Apr. 21 – SYRACUSE 6, Rochester 5 | Recap
Game 3 – Wed., Apr. 25 – Syracuse at Rochester, 7:05
*Game 4 – Fri., Apr. 27 – Syracuse at Rochester, 7:05
*Game 5 – Sat., Apr. 28 – Rochester at Syracuse, 7:00
*if necessary… All times Eastern


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Game 3 – Thursday, 8:00 ET, AHL Live
(RFD leads series, 2-0)

Central Division Semifinals – Series “E” (best-of-5)
C1-Chicago Wolves vs. C4-Rockford IceHogs
Game 1 – Sat., Apr. 21 – Rockford 2, CHICAGO 1 | Recap
Game 2 – Sun., Apr. 22 – ROCKFORD 5, Chicago 2 | Recap
Game 3 – Thu., Apr. 26 – Rockford at Chicago, 8:00
*Game 4 – Sun., Apr. 29 – Chicago at Rockford, 5:00
*Game 5 – Mon., Apr. 30 – Rockford at Chicago, 8:00
*if necessary… All times Eastern


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Game 3 – Wednesday, 7:00 ET, AHL Live
(Series tied, 1-1)

Central Division Semifinals – Series “F” (best-of-5)
C2-Grand Rapids Griffins vs. C3-Manitoba Moose
Game 1 – Sat., Apr. 21 – MANITOBA 3, Grand Rapids 2 | Recap
Game 2 – Sun., Apr. 22 – Grand Rapids 5, MANITOBA 1 | Recap
Game 3 – Wed., Apr. 25 – Manitoba at Grand Rapids, 7:00
Game 4 – Thu., Apr. 26 – Manitoba at Grand Rapids, 7:00
*Game 5 – Mon., Apr. 30 – Manitoba at Grand Rapids, 7:00
*if necessary… All times Eastern


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Game 3 – Wednesday, 10:05 ET, AHL Live
(Series tied, 1-1)

Pacific Division Semifinals – Series “G” (best-of-5)
P1-Tucson Roadrunners vs. P4-San Jose Barracuda
Game 1 – Thu., Apr. 19 – Tucson 4, SAN JOSE 2 | Recap
Game 2 – Sat., Apr. 21 – SAN JOSE 6, Tucson 3 | Recap
Game 3 – Wed., Apr. 25 – San Jose at Tucson, 10:05
Game 4 – Fri., Apr. 27 – San Jose at Tucson, 10:05
*Game 5 – Sat., Apr. 28 – San Jose at Tucson, 10:05
*if necessary… All times Eastern


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Game 4 – Tonight, 10:00 ET, AHL Live
(TEX leads series, 2-1)

Texas looks to become the first team to advance to the second round of this year’s playoffs as it takes a 2-1 series lead into Game 4 at Ontario tonight… The Stars have worked overtime to earn both of their victories in the series, most recently Sunday’s marathon 5-4 win that ended on Samuel Laberge‘s goal at 17:38 of the second OT period… Mike McKenna was stellar in Game 3, coming on at the 9:19 mark of the second period with the Stars trailing 4-3 and stopping all 44 shots he faced the rest of the way, including 28 in sudden-death overtime alone… McKenna (2-1, 2.21, .940) is now 6-5 in postseason OT decisions over his AHL career, and his 44 saves were tied with Mike Murphy (Charlotte, 5/4/11 vs. WBS) for the most in a playoff game without allowing a goal since Carey Price‘s 46-save shutout for Hamilton in Game 1 of the 2007 Calder Cup Finals at Hershey… Travis Morin (2-2-4), Brian Flynn (2-1-3) and Curtis McKenzie (0-3-3) all have points in each of the first three games of the series for Texas… Mike Amadio (1-3-4) notched a goal and two assists for the Reign in Game 3, and Cal Petersen (1-2, 2.75, .903) finished with 39 saves… Defenseman Matt Roy (1-1-2) had a goal for Ontario in Game 3, his fourth goal in the last nine games after scoring once in his first 43 outings this season… Michael Mersch (1-2-3) scored in Game 3 goal and now has 16-19-35 in 43 career playoff games… Ontario outshot Texas by a 66-44 margin on Sunday — including 28-14 in OT — and has a 139-103 advantage for the series… The Stars’ two OT wins come after they won 23 one-goal games in the regular season, tied for the most in the AHL… Ontario is 2-for-9 on the power play in the series; Texas is 2-for-12.

Pacific Division Semifinals – Series “H” (best-of-5)
P2-Texas Stars vs. P3-Ontario Reign
Game 1 – Thu., Apr. 19 – TEXAS 4, Ontario 3 (OT) | Recap
Game 2 – Fri., Apr. 20 – Ontario 5, TEXAS 1 | Recap
Game 3 – Sun., Apr. 22 – Texas 5, ONTARIO 4 (2OT) | Recap
Game 4 – Tue., Apr. 24 – Texas at Ontario, 10:00
*Game 5 – Mon., Apr. 30 – Ontario at Texas, 8:00
*if necessary… All times Eastern


Alumni Watch
In yesterday’s Stanley Cup Playoff action, William Nylander scored and Frederik Andersen made 32 saves for Toronto in a 3-1 win over Boston in Game 6 of their first-round series… Chandler Stephenson scored a shorthanded goal and added an assist as Washington eliminated Columbus with a 6-3 victory in Game 6.


Working Overtime
There have been 4 overtime games played in the 2018 Calder Cup Playoffs so far:

DateResultGWGTime
Apr. 22Texas 5, ONTARIO 4Samuel Laberge37:38
Apr. 21TORONTO 3, Utica 2Chris Mueller17:48
Apr. 20CHARLOTTE 3, W-B/Scranton 2Lucas Wallmark3:18
Apr. 19TEXAS 4, Ontario 3Brian Flynn1:55

On This Date
April 24, 2008 – The Philadelphia Phantoms win the longest game in AHL history on Ryan Potulny‘s goal at 2:58 of the fifth overtime period… Albany River Rats goaltender Michael Leighton stops 98 of the Phantoms’ 101 shots in the loss… Scott Munroe makes 65 saves for Philadelphia.

April 24, 1993 – Olaf Kolzig makes 26 saves as Rochester finishes off a five-game series victory over Martin Brodeur (22 saves) and the Utica Devils, 3-2.


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