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AHL Morning Skate: 5.11.19

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.

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


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(CHA wins series, 4-0)

Atlantic Division Finals – Series “I” (best-of-7)
A1-Charlotte Checkers vs. A3-Hershey Bears
Game 1 – Fri., May 3 – CHARLOTTE 4, Hershey 1 | Recap/Highlights
Game 2 – Sat., May 4 – CHARLOTTE 7, Hershey 3 | Recap/Highlights
Game 3 – Tue., May 7 – Charlotte 3, HERSHEY 1 | Recap/Highlights
Game 4 – Wed., May 8 – Charlotte 5, HERSHEY 2 | Recap/Highlights


 vs. 
(TOR wins series, 4-0)

North Division Finals – Series “J” (best-of-7)
N3-Toronto Marlies vs. N4-Cleveland Monsters
Game 1 – Wed., May 1 – TORONTO 5, Cleveland 2 | Recap/Highlights
Game 2 – Fri., May 3 – TORONTO 4, Cleveland 3 (OT) | Recap/Highlights
Game 3 – Sun., May 5 – Toronto 2, CLEVELAND 0 | Recap/Highlights
Game 4 – Tue., May 7 – Toronto 6, CLEVELAND 2 | Recap/Highlights



Game 6 – Monday, 8:00 ET, AHLTV
(CHI leads series, 3-2)

Central Division Finals – Series “K” (best-of-7)
C1-Chicago Wolves vs. C3-Iowa Wild
Game 1 – Wed., May 1 – CHICAGO 3, Iowa 2 (OT) | Recap/Highlights
Game 2 – Thu., May 2 – CHICAGO 4, Iowa 3 | Recap/Highlights
Game 3 – Sun., May 5 – IOWA 2, Chicago 0 | Recap/Highlights
Game 4 – Wed., May 8 – IOWA 2, Chicago 1 | Recap/Highlights
Game 5 – Fri., May 10 – Chicago 7, IOWA 4 | Recap/Highlights
Game 6 – Mon., May 13 – Iowa at Chicago, 8:00
*Game 7 – Wed., May 15 – Iowa at Chicago, 8:00
*if necessary… All times Eastern



Game 5 – Tonight, 10:00 ET, AHLTV
(SD leads series, 3-1)

Game 5 of the Pacific Division Finals goes tonight as Bakersfield hosts San Diego… The Gulls need one more win to advance to the conference finals for the first time in club history after last night’s 4-2 victory in Game 4… Adam Cracknell scored twice and Jeff Glass made 26 saves to spark the Gulls to the first win by a home team in the series… Cracknell (6-5-11), who missed Game 1 last Friday, has 4-4-8 in the last three contests… Glass (5-2, 2.46, .915) rebounded from giving up seven goals in Game 3 and allowed two or less for the sixth time in his eight appearances this postseason… Glass owns a .928 save percentage (7-3, 2.17) in 11 playoff appearances over the last two springs with San Diego and Rockford… Sam Carrick (4-6-10) notched a goal and an assist in Game 4, scoring the goal that put the Gulls ahead for good early in the second period… Kevin Roy (1-1-2), playing just his second game of the playoffs and 16th game overall in 2018-19, netted one of San Diego’s two power-play goals last night… Defensemen Ryan Stanton (2-1-3) and Keegan Lowe (1-5-6) scored for the Condors; 10 of Bakersfield’s 26 goals this postseason have come from blueliners… Shane Starrett (3-3, 2.75, .893) allowed three goals on 12 shots before being replaced by Stuart Skinner (1-0, 2.78, .903) for the second straight game… San Diego is 4-0 on the road this postseason — including two wins in Bakersfield to begin the series — and has nine victories and two overtime losses in its last 11 away from home… The Gulls were 2-for-7 on the power play in Game 4 and are 5-for-14 (35.7 percent) in the series… The Condors were 0-for-3, dropping to 1-for-9 (11.1 percent) in the series… Eighteen teams in Calder Cup Playoff history have come back from 3-1 down to win a series, most recently Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in 2013 (vs. Providence).

Pacific Division Finals – Series “L” (best-of-7)
P1-Bakersfield Condors vs. P3-San Diego Gulls
Game 1 – Fri., May 3 – San Diego 3, BAKERSFIELD 2 (4OT) | Recap/Highlights
Game 2 – Sat., May 4 – San Diego 4, BAKERSFIELD 1 | Recap/Highlights
Game 3 – Wed., May 8 – Bakersfield 7, SAN DIEGO 6 (OT) | Recap/Highlights
Game 4 – Fri., May 10 – SAN DIEGO 4, Bakersfield 2 | Recap/Highlights
Game 5 – Sat., May 11 – San Diego at Bakersfield, 10:00
*Game 6 – Mon., May 13 – Bakersfield at San Diego, 10:00
*Game 7 – Wed., May 15 – San Diego at Bakersfield, 10:00
*if necessary… All times Eastern


Alumni Watch
In the IIHF World Championship in Slovakia yesterday, Kevin Lankinen made 20 saves to backstop Finland to a 3-1 win over Canada… Lankinen made 19 appearances with the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs in 2018-19… Patrik Rybar stopped 25 shots in Slovakia’s 4-1 win over the United States… Rybar played 37 games with the Grand Rapids Griffins this season… Nikita Kucherov tallied a goal and two assists as Russia beat Norway, 5-2… Jakub Vrana notched a pair of goals as the Czech Republic beat Sweden, 5-2.


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.