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AHL Morning Skate: 5.6.18

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

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 6, LEHIGH VALLEY 0 | Recap
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 3 – Tonight, 7:00 ET, AHL Live
(TOR leads series, 2-0)

The North Division Finals shift east to the Onondaga County War Memorial Arena as Syracuse hosts Toronto in Game 3 tonight… The Marlies took a 2-0 series lead with a 2-1 win in double overtime yesterday, with Frederik Gauthier (1-5-6) scoring the decisive goal at 15:10 of the second OT… Garret Sparks (5-2, 2.40, .916) stopped 46 of 47 shots in Game 2, allowing only a Matthew Peca goal (3-6-9) midway through the second period… Peca, who missed Game 1 of the series, now leads the AHL with nine points in four games played this postseason… Sparks improved to 5-0 (1.53, .949) at Ricoh Coliseum in these playoffs, but is 0-2 (6.54, .704) on the road entering tonight’s contest… Crunch rookie Connor Ingram (1-1, 1.93, .946) made 55 saves in the loss… Mitchell Stephens (1-5-6) recorded an assist for Syracuse in Game 2, and now has points in all five postseason games… After his Game 2 goal for Toronto, Mason Marchment (2-1-3) has three points in the division finals after going scoreless in five first-round games… Last night’s contest was the longest game in Crunch franchise history, and the third-longest game ever for the Marlies… Syracuse is 13-1 at home over the last two postseasons, including a 4-0 mark against Toronto in last year’s division finals… The Crunch are 4-for-14 on the power play (28.6 percent) in the 2018 playoffs; the Marlies are 8-for-40 (20.0 percent)… Toronto won an AHL-record 30 road games during the regular season, but lost both road games in the first round vs. Utica.

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 – TORONTO 2, Syracuse 1 (2OT) | Recap
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 3 – Wednesday, 8:00 ET, AHL Live
(RFD leads series, 2-0)

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 4, MANITOBA 1 | Recap
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, Jakub Vrana, who reached the 2016 Calder Cup Finals with Hershey, recorded a goal and two assists and was named the game’s first star in Washington’s 6-3 win over Pittsburgh… Vrana recorded 10-10-20 in 38 career Calder Cup Playoff games with the Bears… Kyle Connor led the way with two goals and an assist and earned first-star honors in Winnipeg’s 6-2 win at Nashville… Connor scored 25 goals in 52 AHL games as a rookie with the Manitoba Moose in 2016-17.


Working Overtime
There have been 8 overtime games played in the 2018 Calder Cup Playoffs so far:

DateResultGWGTime
May 5TORONTO 2, Syracuse 1Frederik Gauthier35:10
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 6, 2017 – Cory Conacher scores two shorthanded goals and Matthew Peca adds to goals of his own in Syracuse’s 8-5 win over Toronto in Game 2 of their second-round series.

May 6, 2015  Zach O’Brien scores 4:13 into the third overtime period as Manchester outlasts Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, 4-3, in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series.

May 6, 2008 – Four Marlies record three points apiece in Toronto’s 8-2 win at Syracuse in Game 3 of their second-round matchup.

May 6, 1983 – The Rochester Americans advance to the Calder Cup Finals with a 4-2 win over New Haven in Game at a sold-out Rochester War Memorial.

May 6, 1980 – Darryl Sutter scores 6:01 into overtime, giving New Brunswick a 3-2 win over Maine in Game 6 and sending the Hawks into the Calder Cup Finals.


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