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AHL Morning Skate: 4.24.19

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 3 – Tonight, 7:00 ET, AHLTV
(Series tied, 1-1)

Charlotte and Providence resume their Atlantic Division semifinal series in North Carolina tonight, all square at one win apiece… Peter Cehlarik (1-0-1) scored the winning goal midway through the third period of Game 2 on Sunday, allowing the Bruins to salvage a split on home ice… Cooper Zech (2-0-2) and Jack Studnicka (1-1-2) — late-season additions from Ferris State (NCAA) and Niagara (OHL), respectively — also scored for the B’s in Game 2… Dan Vladar made 25 saves in his postseason debut for Providence… Andrew Poturalski (1-3-4) and Dan Renouf (1-0-1) had the Checkers’ goals… The teams have combined for 15 goals on 113 shots through the first two games of the series, leaving goaltenders with a combined .875 save percentage… Charlotte was 26-7-5-0 at Bojangles’ Coliseum during the regular season, tied for the best home record in the league… Providence was 14-18-4-2 on the road, but won back-to-back games in Charlotte on Feb. 1 and 2.

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 – PROVIDENCE 4, Charlotte 2 | Recap
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 4 – Thursday, 7:00 ET, AHLTV
(HER leads series, 2-1)

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 – HERSHEY 2, Bridgeport 1 | Recap
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 4 – Thursday, 7:00 ET, AHLTV
(CLE leads series, 2-1)

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 2, CLEVELAND 1 | Recap
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 3 – Tonight, 7:00 ET, AHLTV
(TOR leads series, 2-0)

Toronto goes for the sweep tonight as Rochester visits Coca-Cola Coliseum for Game 3… The Amerks will need three straight wins over the defending Calder Cup champions to earn their first series victory since 2005… Only three teams in AHL history have won a best-of-five playoff series after losing the first two at home, including Rochester in 1967 (vs. Cleveland)… Jeremy Bracco‘s overtime goal in Game 2 gave the Marlies the commanding series lead… Bracco (2-2-4) had three points in Sunday’s win, and Chris Mueller (3-2-5) added a goal and an assist… Bracco, Mueller and rookie defenseman Rasmus Sandin (0-4-4) have combined for 5-8-13 in the first two games of the series; the rest of the Toronto roster has a combined 2-5-7… Kasimir Kaskisuo (2-0, 1.48, .958) made 40 saves in the Game 2 win… C.J. Smith (1-0-1) and Kevin Porter (1-0-1) scored on Sunday for Rochester, which led 2-0 and owned a 30-12 advantage in shots on goal through two periods… Toronto has still never lost a playoff game to Rochester (8-0).

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 3, ROCHESTER 2 (OT) | Recap
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 4 – Tonight, 7:00 ET, AHLTV
(GR leads series, 2-1)

A heated Game 3 gives way to a critical Game 4 between Chicago and Grand Rapids at Van Andel Arena tonight… The Griffins took a 2-1 series lead with a 6-2 victory last night in a game that boiled over with 144 minutes in penalties assessed… Grand Rapids rookie Filip Zadina (2-1-3) recorded two goals and an assist for his first three points of the series… Matt Puempel (2-2-4) added a goal and two assists, as did Martin Frk (1-2-3) in his first appearance of the postseason… Former Wolves forward Wade Megan (2-0-2) scored twice for the Griffins, the goals coming 3:07 apart in the second period to break a 2-2 tie… Harri Sateri (2-1, 2.03, .936) turned aside 35 shots in the win… T.J. Tynan (1-1-2) and Tye McGinn (2-1-3) scored the Wolves’ goals in Game 3… McGinn is the only player on either team with points in each of the first three games of the series… Tomas Hyka (1-2-3) dished out two assists in the loss… Grand Rapids is 3-for-9 on the power play in the series, while Chicago is 2-for-14… The Wolves are 18-10 all-time when facing elimination from the Calder Cup Playoffs, including 7-4 on the road.

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 – GRAND RAPIDS 6, Chicago 2 | Recap
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 3 – Thursday, 8:00 ET, AHLTV
(IA leads series, 2-0)

Central Division Semifinals – Series “F” (best-of-5)
C2-Milwaukee Admirals vs. C3-Iowa Wild
Game 1 – Sun., Apr. 21 – IOWA 7, Milwaukee 0 | Recap
Game 2 – Tue., Apr. 23 – IOWA 6, Milwaukee 1 | Recap
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 4 – Saturday, 10:00 ET, AHLTV
(BAK leads series, 2-1)

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 – BAKERSFIELD 5, Colorado 2 | Recap
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 4 – Tonight, 10:00 ET, AHLTV
(SD leads series, 2-1)

San Jose hopes there is some SAP Center magic left over from last night as it hosts San Diego in Game 4 this evening… The Gulls took a 2-1 series lead on Monday with a 4-2 victory in Game 3… Chase De Leo (3-0-3) scored for the third straight game for the Gulls, and Sam Carrick (1-4-5) collected two assists for his second multiple-point effort of the series… Jeff Glass (2-1, 2.43, .908) stopped 20 shots to pick up the win… Jon Martin (3-0-3) scored both of the Barracuda’s goals in Game 3, his first career two-goal outing… San Jose’s 22 shots on goal in Game 3 were the fewest ever allowed by San Diego in a postseason game… The Barracuda have scored the game’s first goal in each of the first three contests in the series… San Diego is 1-for-8 on the power play, and San Jose is 1-for-10.

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 4, SAN JOSE 2 | Recap
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, 2016 AHL All-Star Barclay Goodrow scored at 18:19 of overtime to give San Jose a dramatic 5-4 victory over Vegas in Game 7 of their first-round series… 2010 AHL All-Star Logan Couture scored twice as the Sharks erased a three-goal deficit in the third period… Three-time AHL All-Star Jonathan Marchessault scored the tying goal for Vegas with 47 seconds left in regulation… Joakim Nordstrom and Sean Kuraly each had a goal and an assist and 2008 AHL All-Star Tuukka Rask made 32 saves as Boston defeated Toronto, 5-1, in Game 7.


Watch the Calder Cup Playoffs on AHLTV
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