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Game 5 – 7:05 ET, AHL Live (Series tied, 2-2)
The first round of the 2012 Calder Cup Playoffs ends tonight as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton hosts Hershey for the right to advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals… The Penguins won the first two games at home before dropping Games 3 and 4 in Hershey, including a 4-1 Bears victory last night that evened the series at 2-2… Boyd Kane (2-0-2) scored twice, Cameron Schilling (2-0-2) scored for a second straight game and Chris Bourque (1-2-3) notched his first points of the series with an empty-net goal plus two assists… Hershey was 3-for-4 on the power play last night, and is 4-for-8 in its two wins after going 0-for-7 in its two losses… The Bears’ penalty kill was also a perfect 9-for-9 after allowing six power-play goals in 17 chances in Games 1 through 3… Former Penguin Dany Sabourin stopped 22 of 23 shots for the win… Jason Williams (1-6-7) scored the only Penguins goal in Game 4… Wilkes-Barre and Hershey have played one previous winner-take-all game, with the Bears prevailing 3-0 in a Game 7 in 2009… That is also the Penguins’ only loss ever in a mutual elimination game (5-1); the Bears are 19-17 in such contests… Wilkes-Barre is 11-3 all-time in home playoff games vs. Hershey, including nine consecutive wins… Tonight’s winner takes on St. John’s in the second round, beginning Tuesday night at Mile One.
From Calder to Stanley
Mike Smith made 39 saves and former Kentucky Thoroughblades forward Ray Whitney scored at 14:04 of overtime as Phoenix opened its second-round series with a 4-3 win over Nashville last night… Mikkel Boedker, who played 100 games with San Antonio from 2009-11, scored his third goal of the postseason for the Coyotes… Andrei Kostitsyn, a member of the Hamilton Bulldogs’ Calder Cup championship team in 2007, scored for the Predators.
By the Numbers
3 – Series-clinching overtime goals scored last night, the most ever for a single day in Calder Cup Playoff history… Derek Meech of St. John’s, Alex Killorn of Norfolk and Roman Derlyuk of San Antonio all sent their teams into the second round with sudden-death goals.
129 – Best-of-five Calder Cup Playoff series contested all-time, including the eight in the first round this postseason
79 – Best-of-fives in which one team broke out to a 2-0 series lead.
9 – Teams that have won a best-of-five after losing the first two games.
On This Date
April 28, 2008 – In Game 7 of a North Division semifinal, Bates Battaglia breaks a tie with 58.1 seconds left in regulation to lift Toronto to a dramatic 2-1 victory over San Antonio… Trevor Frischmon scores at 8:35 of overtime as Syracuse eliminates Manitoba with a 3-2 win in Game 6 – Syracuse’s fourth OT victory of the series.
April 28, 2007 – Brian Boyle’s goal at 9:37 of the second overtime gives Manchester its first-ever series victory with a 3-2 decision in Game 6 at Worcester.
April 28, 2006 – Matt Ellis scores 11 seconds into the second overtime to give Grand Rapids a series-clinching 2-1 win in Game 5 at Toronto… Wilkes-Barre/Scranton forces a Game 7 with Bridgeport on Ryan Stone‘s goal at 13:39 of OT.
April 28, 1996 – Mike Maneluk scores at 4:14 overtime to give the Baltimore Bandits a 4-3 win over Hershey in the winner-take-all Game 5 of their first-round playoff series.
April 28, 1988 – Don Biggs’ goal 52 seconds into the second OT gives Hershey its second straight sweep and sends the Bears to the Calder Cup Finals with a 6-5 win at Adirondack.
April 28, 1982 – The New Brunswick Hawks advance to the Calder Cup Finals as Louis Begin scores 2:55 into overtime for a 2-1 win over Nova Scotia.
April 28, 1978 – The New Haven Nighthawks move on to the Calder Cup Finals with a 2-1 win over Rochester.
April 28, 1976 – Paul Woods’ goal at 2:20 of overtime gives Nova Scotia a 5-4 win over Hershey and its second Calder Cup championship in five years.
April 28, 1959 – Hershey wins its second straight Calder Cup with a 5-2 victory over Buffalo in Game 6 of the Finals.
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