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AHL Morning Skate: 4.27.19

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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(CHA wins series, 3-1)

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 – CHARLOTTE 3, Providence 0 | Recap
Game 4 – Fri., Apr. 26 – CHARLOTTE 4, Providence 1 | Recap


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Game 5 – Tonight, 7:00 ET, AHLTV
(Series tied, 2-2)

A tightly contested Atlantic Division semifinal series comes down to a decisive Game 5 as Bridgeport hosts Hershey tonight… Three of the first four games of the series have been decided by a single goal, and neither team has scored more than two goals in regulation… Matt Lorito (1-2-3) scored 1:13 into overtime of Game 4 on Thursday to give the Sound Tigers a 3-2 victory, their second OT win of the series and their first-ever victory on the road when facing elimination (1-6)… Stephen Gionta (1-0-1) and Oliver Wahlstrom (1-2-3) also scored for Bridgeport, which erased one-goal deficits twice in regulation… Gionta’s goal was his first in the postseason since May 23, 2012, in Game 5 of the NHL’s Eastern Conference finals with New Jersey… Ryan Sproul (2-0-2) and Jayson Megna (2-0-2) scored for Hershey in Game 4… Both of Megna’s goals in the series have come shorthanded… The Sound Tigers are 3-for-17 on the power play in the series and a perfect 16-for-16 on the penalty kill… Christopher Gibson (2-1, 1.69, .933) made 22 saves for Bridgeport in Game 4, while Vitek Vanecek (1-1, 1.49, .962) stopped 37 shots for Hershey… Both of the Sound Tigers’ wins in the series have come after they trailed entering the third period; during the regular season, Bridgeport was 3-20-1-0 when down after two periods while Hershey was 30-1-1-2 when leading through 40… The Bears have scored the game’s first goal in all four games… This is the 177th winner-take-all playoff game in AHL history… Home teams are 109-67 (.619), including 17-5 since 2014… The Bears are 22-20 all-time in winner-take-all Calder Cup Playoff games (7-15 on the road)… The Sound Tigers are 1-2 (1-1 at home)… This will be the first winner-take-all game at Webster Bank Arena since Apr. 25, 2004, a 3-2 Sound Tigers overtime loss to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton… Tonight’s winner moves on to face the Charlotte Checkers in the Atlantic Division Finals.

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 3, HERSHEY 2 (OT) | Recap
Game 5 – Sat., Apr. 27 – Hershey at Bridgeport, 7:00
*if necessary… All times Eastern


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(CLE wins series, 3-1)

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 – CLEVELAND 3, Syracuse 0 | Recap


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(TOR wins series, 3-0)

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 – TORONTO 3, Rochester 1 | Recap


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Game 5 – Sunday, 4:00 ET, AHLTV
(Series tied, 2-2)

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 5, GRAND RAPIDS 2 | Recap
Game 5 – Sun., Apr. 28 – Grand Rapids at Chicago, 4:00
*if necessary… All times Eastern


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Game 5 – Monday, 8:00 ET, AHLTV
(Series tied, 2-2)

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 – MILWAUKEE 3, Iowa 1 | Recap
Game 4 – Fri., Apr. 26 – MILWAUKEE 5, Iowa 4 (OT) | Recap
Game 5 – Mon., Apr. 29 – Iowa at Milwaukee, 8:00
*if necessary… All times Eastern


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Game 4 – Tonight, 10:00 ET, AHLTV
(BAK leads series, 2-1)

Bakersfield and Colorado resume their Pacific Division semifinal series tonight after a three-day layoff, with the Condors holding a 2-1 lead and looking to advance… Bakersfield pulled back ahead in the series with a 5-2 victory in Game 3 on Tuesday night, propelled by Evan Bouchard‘s three-point performance in his AHL debut… The 19-year-old Bouchard, who yesterday was named the Ontario Hockey League’s defenseman of the year for 2018-19, scored once and added two assists in his first game after joining the Condors from London (OHL)… Evan Polei (2-1-3) also had three points in Game 3, Ryan Stanton (1-1-2) notched a goal and an assist and Luke Esposito (0-2-2) and Keegan Lowe (0-2-2) added two assists apiece for Bakersfield, which outshot Colorado 17-1 in the first period and 41-18 for the game… Polei, Stanton, Esposito and Lowe all had multiple-point performances in Game 3 after being held scoreless in Games 1 and 2… Shane Starrett (2-1, 2.37, .896) finished with 16 saves in Game 3… Anton Lindholm (1-0-1) and Sheldon Dries (1-0-1) scored for the Eagles, who have lost eight of their last 12 games since a nine-game winning streak from Feb. 26 to Mar. 16… Andrew Agozzino (3-0-3) remains Colorado’s leading scorer in the series thanks to his Game 2 hat trick… Both teams are 1-for-12 on the power play in the series.

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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(SD wins series, 3-1)

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 4, SAN JOSE 2 | Recap
Game 4 – Wed., Apr. 24 – San Diego 5, SAN JOSE 2 | Recap


Alumni Watch
In last night’s Stanley Cup Playoff action, 2013 Calder Cup champion Petr Mrazek made 31 saves for his fifth career NHL postseason shutout as Carolina defeated the N.Y. Islanders, 1-0 in overtime… Brent Burns notched a goal and three assists and Kevin Labanc scored the winning goal in San Jose’s 5-2 victory over Colorado.


Watch the Calder Cup Playoffs on AHLTV
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