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.
The Calder Cup Finals move to Allstate Arena as Chicago hosts Charlotte in Game 3 tonight… The Wolves earned a split of the first two games in North Carolina, taking Game 1 in overtime, 4-3, on Saturday before the Checkers came back with a 5-3 victory in Game 2 on Sunday… Chicago has not played with a lead yet in the series, but they did come back to tie after trailing 1-0 and 3-1 in each of the first two games… Checkers forward Tomas Jurco (7-8-15) recorded a team-high nine shots on goal in Game 2 and scored his third game-winning goal of the postseason… Nick Schilkey (1-6-7) opened the scoring on Sunday with a shorthanded goal, Charlotte’s fifth SHG in its last five games… Nicolas Roy (4-9-13) picked up a goal and an assist, and Andrew Poturalski (10-10-20) added his league-leading 10th goal of the playoffs… with his 20-save effort in Game 2, Dustin Tokarski (4-0, 1.39, .949) improved to 11-0-0 (1.23, .953) as a member of the Checkers and 5-0 (1.36, .941) in five career Calder Cup Finals starts… Wolves forward Keegan Kolesar (6-3-9) leads all scorers with three points in the series, including a goal and an assist in Game 2… Gage Quinney (3-3-6) scored twice for Chicago in the second period of Game 2, his first multi-goal game since Jan. 16… Cody Glass (6-8-14) dished out two helpers in Game 2 for his first two-assist game as a pro… Oscar Dansk (10-6, 2.31, .918) stopped 26 of 30 shots in Game 2… The Wolves were 1-for-3 with the man advantage on Sunday — scoring their first power-play goal since Game 1 of last round vs. San Diego — and are 1-for-5 in the Finals… The Checkers are 1-for-6 on the power play in the series… Charlotte’s goals 14 seconds apart in the second period of Game 2 were the fastest two goals scored in a Calder Cup Finals game since 2001 (Game 4), when Wilkes-Barre/Scranton scored twice in five seconds vs. Saint John… Charlotte is 12-2 (with both losses in overtime) when scoring at least three goals in a game this postseason, but 0-2 when scoring fewer than three goals… Before dropping Game 2, Chicago had been 11-0 in the playoffs and 40-1-2-0 in their previous 43 games when scoring at least three goals… Chicago has never lost a Calder Cup Playoff series after winning Game 1 (15-0)… When a best-of-seven Finals series has been tied 1-1, the Game 3 winner has gone on to the championship 22 of 32 times previously (68.8 percent)… This evening’s Game 3 will be televised on NHL Network and can be heard on NHL Network Radio (SiriusXM 91).
2019 Calder Cup Finals (best-of-7)
A1-Charlotte Checkers vs. C1-Chicago Wolves | Series Infographic
Game 1 – Sat., June 1 – Chicago 4, CHARLOTTE 3 (OT) | Recap/Highlights
Game 2 – Sun., June 2 – CHARLOTTE 5, Chicago 3 | Recap/Highlights
Game 3 – Wed., June 5 – Charlotte at Chicago, 8:00, AHLTV, NHL Network
Game 4 – Thu., June 6 – Charlotte at Chicago, 8:00, AHLTV, NHL Network**
Game 5 – Sat., June 8 – Charlotte at Chicago, 8:00, AHLTV, NHL Network
*Game 6 – Thu., June 13 – Chicago at Charlotte, 7:00, AHLTV, NHL Network
*Game 7 – Fri., June 14 – Chicago at Charlotte, 7:00, AHLTV, NHL Network
*if necessary… All times Eastern
About the Calder Cup
The Calder Cup is named for Frank Calder, the first president of the NHL (1917-43) and one of the driving forces behind the formation of the American Hockey League.
While the AHL’s history dates back to the fall of 1936, the Calder Cup trophy was first awarded in 1938 to the Providence Reds for winning the second International-American Hockey League championship. (In 1996, George Parsons of the Syracuse Stars was presented the Calder Cup in a ceremony at the Onondaga County War Memorial; it is believed the Stars never received a trophy for their 1937 championship.)
In 2001, the trophy’s base was changed to include two tiers of plaques, which feature the rosters of each of the last 20 Calder Cup champions; the plaques from the first 62 champions are on display in the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. The entire trophy now stands 24 inches tall and weighs 25 pounds. The bowl, made of sterling silver, is 12 inches high and eight inches in diameter; the base is made of Brazilian mahogany.
Calder Cup Finals History
Last 20 Calder Cup Finals results and Jack Butterfield Trophy winners (playoff MVP):
2018 – Toronto Marlies 4, Texas Stars 3 (Andreas Johnsson, TOR)
2017 – Grand Rapids Griffins 4, Syracuse Crunch 2 (Tyler Bertuzzi, GR)
2016 – Lake Erie Monsters 4, Hershey Bears 0 (Oliver Bjorkstrand, LE)
2015 – Manchester Monarchs 4, Utica Comets 1 (Jordan Weal, MCH)
2014 – Texas Stars 4, St. John’s IceCaps 1 (Travis Morin, TEX)
2013 – Grand Rapids Griffins 4, Syracuse Crunch 2 (Tomas Tatar, GR)
2012 – Norfolk Admirals 4, Toronto Marlies 0 (Alexandre Picard, NOR)
2011 – Binghamton Senators 4, Houston Aeros 2 (Robin Lehner, BNG)
2010 – Hershey Bears 4, Texas Stars 2 (Chris Bourque, HER)
2009 – Hershey Bears 4, Manitoba Moose 2 (Michal Neuvirth, HER)
2008 – Chicago Wolves 4, W-B/Scranton Penguins 2 (Jason Krog, CHI)
2007 – Hamilton Bulldogs 4, Hershey Bears 1 (Carey Price, HAM)
2006 – Hershey Bears 4, Milwaukee Admirals 2 (Frederic Cassivi, HER)
2005 – Philadelphia Phantoms 4, Chicago Wolves 0 (Antero Niittymaki, PHI)
2004 – Milwaukee Admirals 4, W-B/Scranton Penguins 0 (Wade Flaherty, MIL)
2003 – Houston Aeros 4, Hamilton Bulldogs 3 (Johan Holmqvist, HOU)
2002 – Chicago Wolves 4, Bridgeport Sound Tigers 1 (Pasi Nurminen, CHI)
2001 – Saint John Flames 4, W-B/Scranton Penguins 2 (Steve Begin, SJN)
2000 – Hartford Wolf Pack 4, Rochester Americans 2 (Derek Armstrong, HFD)
1999 – Providence Bruins 4, Rochester Americans 1 (Peter Ferraro, PRO)
In Game 4 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Final on Monday night, Brayden Schenn had a goal and an assist and Jordan Binnington made 21 saves as St. Louis defeated Boston, 4-2… The series is tied at two games apiece.
Watch the Calder Cup Playoffs on AHLTV
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