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AHL Morning Skate: 5.5.18

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.

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Game 2 – Tonight, 7:05 ET, AHL Live
(LV leads series, 1-0)
 

The Atlantic Division Finals continue with Game 2 tonight as Lehigh Valley hosts Charlotte again… The Phantoms got a goal from Greg Carey (3-2-5) with 1:43 left in regulation to pull out a 2-1 win in last night’s opener, an unexpectedly low-scoring affair between the AHL’s top two offensive teams from the regular season… Carey one-timed a feed from Corban Knight (0-2-2) past Charlotte goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic just six seconds into a Phantoms power play to provide the winning margin… Valentin Zykov (2-2-4) had given the Checkers a 1-0 lead at 15:26 of the first period, but Alex Krushelnyski (1-1-2) answered for the Phantoms at 6:17 of the second with the first goal of his Calder Cup Playoff career… Chris Conner (2-4-6) recorded an assist for Lehigh Valley in Game 1, his fourth straight game with a point… Alex Lyon (3-1, 2.35, .937) made 29 saves for the Phantoms; Nedeljkovic (3-1, 1.99, .931) stopped 30 of 32 shots on the night for Charlotte… The Game 1 loss was the Checkers’ first defeat since Mar. 30, and their first regulation loss since Mar. 18… Charlotte has not lost back-to-back games since Feb. 25 and Mar. 2… The Phantoms are now 20-1-1-1 in their last 23 games at PPL Center… The Checkers were 0-for-2 on the power play in Game 1, falling to 1-for-17 (5.9 percent) this postseason… The Phantoms, 1-for-5 last night, are 5-for-19 (26.3 percent) in the playoffs.

Atlantic Division Finals – Series “I” (best-of-7)
A1-Lehigh Valley Phantoms vs. A3-Charlotte Checkers
Game 1 – Fri., May 4 – LEHIGH VALLEY 2, Charlotte 1 | Recap
Game 2 – Sat., May 5 – Charlotte at Lehigh Valley, 7:05
Game 3 – Tue., May 8 – Lehigh Valley at Charlotte, 7:00
Game 4 – Wed., May 9 – Lehigh Valley at Charlotte, 7:00
*Game 5 – Sat., May 12 – Lehigh Valley at Charlotte, 6:00
*Game 6 – Mon., May 14 – Charlotte at Lehigh Valley, 7:05
*Game 7 – Tue., May 15 – Charlotte at Lehigh Valley, 7:05
*if necessary… All times Eastern


 
Game 2 – Today, 4:00 ET, AHL Live
(TOR leads series, 1-0)

Toronto and Syracuse battle in Game 2 of the North Division Finals this afternoon at Ricoh Coliseum… The Marlies opened the series with a 6-4 victory on Thursday night, scoring three goals on five shots in the third period to put it away… After both went scoreless in five first-round games vs. Utica, Adam Brooks (1-1-2) and Mason Marchment (1-1-2) tallied a goal and an assist each for Toronto in Game 1… Travis Dermott (1-1-2) scored the go-ahead goal late in the second period, his first goal since returning to the Marlies lineup… Martin Marincin (0-6-6), Frederik Gauthier (0-5-5) and Trevor Moore (1-5-6) chipped in with two assists each, and Garret Sparks (4-2, 2.90, .897) stopped 28 shots in the victory… Kevin Lynch (2-1-3) scored twice for the Crunch in Game 1, the first two-goal game of his AHL career… Mathieu Joseph (3-4-7) and Carter Verhaeghe (1-5-6) contributed a goal and an assist each… Eddie Pasquale (2-1, 4.09, .840) allowed five goals on 20 shots… Toronto is now 4-0 at home in the 2018 playoffs and 9-0 at Ricoh Coliseum over the last two postseasons… The Crunch are 3-9 away from home in the playoffs since 2017… Syracuse has scored at least one goal in all 12 periods of play this postseason.

North Division Finals – Series “J” (best-of-7)
N1-Toronto Marlies vs. N2-Syracuse Crunch
Game 1 – Thu., May 3 – TORONTO 6, Syracuse 4 | Recap
Game 2 – Sat., May 5 – Syracuse at Toronto, 4:00
Game 3 – Sun., May 6 – Toronto at Syracuse, 7:00
Game 4 – Tue., May 8 – Toronto at Syracuse, 7:00
*Game 5 – Sat., May 12 – Syracuse at Toronto, 4:00
*Game 6 – Mon., May 14 – Toronto at Syracuse, 7:00
*Game 7 – Wed., May 16 – Syracuse at Toronto, 7:00
*if necessary… All times Eastern


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Game 2 – Today, 5:00 ET, AHL Live
(RFD leads series, 1-0)

Manitoba will try to bounce back from last night’s setback when it hosts Rockford in Game 2 of the Central Division Finals today… The IceHogs scored three times in the third period — including twice in a 45-second span — and defeated the Moose, 4-2, in Game 1 last night… With the game tied at 1-1, Tyler Sikura (2-0-2) scored at 3:29 of the third and John Hayden (1-0-1) scored at 4:14 to send Rockford to its fourth consecutive win to begin the postseason… Victor Ejdsell (3-2-5) scored his third goal in the last two games for Rockford, and Cody Franson (2-3-5) added an empty-netter in the final minute… Collin Delia (4-0, 1.62, .944) made 24 saves in the win… Buddy Robinson (1-2-3) and Jan Kostalek (2-0-2) scored for the Moose, who have alternated wins and losses over their first six playoff games… Eric Comrie (3-3, 2.85, .918) stopped 27 of 30 shots in Game 1… The IceHogs are now 18-5-1-1 in their last 25 games overall, and 6-1-0 in their last seven visits to Bell MTS Place… Rockford was 2-for-6 on the power play in Game 1, and has scored at least two power-play goals in each of its first four playoff games (9-for-24, 37.5 percent).

Central Division Finals – Series “K” (best-of-7)
C3-Manitoba Moose vs. C4-Rockford IceHogs
Game 1 – Fri., May 4 – Rockford 4, MANITOBA 2 | Recap
Game 2 – Sat., May 5 – Rockford at Manitoba, 5:00
Game 3 – Wed., May 9 – Manitoba at Rockford, 8:00
Game 4 – Fri., May 11 – Manitoba at Rockford, 8:00
*Game 5 – Sat., May 12 – Manitoba at Rockford, 7:00
*Game 6 – Tue., May 15 – Rockford at Manitoba, 8:00
*Game 7 – Wed., May 16 – Rockford at Manitoba, 8:00
*if necessary… All times Eastern


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Game 3 – Monday, 8:00 ET, AHL Live
(Series tied, 1-1)

Pacific Division Finals – Series “L” (best-of-7)
P1-Tucson Roadrunners vs. P2-Texas Stars
Game 1 – Wed., May 2 – TUCSON 2, Texas 1 (OT) | Recap
Game 2 – Fri., May 4 – Texas 4, TUCSON 1 | Recap
Game 3 – Mon., May 7 – Tucson at Texas, 8:00
Game 4 – Wed., May 9 – Tucson at Texas, 8:00
Game 5 – Fri., May 11 – Tucson at Texas, 8:00
*Game 6 – Sun., May 13 – Texas at Tucson, 10:05
*Game 7 – Mon., May 14 – Texas at Tucson, 10:05
*if necessary… All times Eastern


Alumni Watch
In last night’s Stanley Cup Playoff action, 2017 AHL All-Star Alex Tuch scored twice as Vegas took a 3-2 series lead with a 5-3 win over San Jose… 2006 AHL All-Rookie defenseman Dan Girardi scored in overtime to give Tampa Bay a 4-3 win over Boston and a 3-1 lead in their second-round series.


Working Overtime
There have been 7 overtime games played in the 2018 Calder Cup Playoffs so far:

DateResultGWGTime
May 2TUCSON 2, Texas 1Michael Bunting8:53
Apr. 28LEHIGH VALLEY 4, Providence 3Maxim Lamarche18:36
Apr. 26Rockford 4, CHICAGO 3Victor Ejdsell57:22
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
May 5, 2010 – Bud Holloway’s sixth goal of the postseason is also his record-tying sixth game-winning goal, giving Manchester a 1-0 win over Worcester and a 3-2 lead in their Atlantic Division final series.

May 5, 2003 – Ray Emery stops 34 shots as Binghamton advances to the conference finals with a 2-1 win over Bridgeport in Game 6.

May 5, 2000 – J.P. Dumont scores twice and Mika Noronen makes 32 saves for his AHL-record sixth shutout of the postseason as Rochester moves into the conference finals with a 3-0 win over Hamilton.

May 5, 1993 – Bill McDougall ties an AHL playoff record with five goals (and adds an assist) in Cape Breton’s 8-2 win over St. John’s as the Oilers complete a four-game sweep of the Maple Leafs.

May 5, 1974 – Rick Middleton’s overtime goal allows the Providence Reds to avoid a sweep with a 5-4 win over Hershey in Game 4 of the Calder Cup Finals.


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