AHL Morning Skate: June 7

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2012 Calder Cup Finals – Game 3 – 7:00 ET
(NOR leads series, 2-0)
TV: Leafs TV, CBS Sports Network, ESPN America
Satellite Radio: NHL Home Ice (Sirius 207, XM 92)
Webcast: AHL Live

Game Notes (PDF): http://bit.ly/Mi5TlK
Daily Stat Report:

The Calder Cup Finals head north as the series resumes with Game 3 at Ricoh Coliseum tonight… It’s the first time ever that professional hockey is being played in Toronto in June… The Marlies return home after losing the first two games of the series in Norfolk, but Toronto is 6-1 at home this postseason after finishing with the third-best home record in the AHL during the regular season (24-10-3-1)… The Admirals opened the series with 3-1 and 4-2 victories last weekend to take the 2-0 series lead in the Finals… Brandon Segal (5-4-9), a Calder Cup finalist for the third time in his career (2004, 2006 with Milwaukee), scored a goal in each of the first two games and is the only player with two goals in the series… Norfolk defenseman Evan Oberg (2-8-10) leads all scorers with 0-3-3 in the Finals… Oberg, Keith Aulie (1-4-5) and Mike Angelidis (1-5-6) each tallied two assists in Game 2 for the Admirals… Dustin Tokarski (10-2, 1.63, .940) stopped 30 of 32 shots in the Game 2 win, but allowed as many as two goals in a game for the first time in six starts… Ben Scrivens (11-4, 1.79, .940), who has stopped 67 of 73 shots in the series for Toronto, has lost consecutive starts for the first time since Mar. 3-7… Joe Colborne (2-5-7) scored a power-play goal in the first period of Game 2 to end an 0-for-15 Marlies slide with the man advantage… Toronto’s Juraj Mikus (1-4-5) finished the scoring in Game 2 with a goal in the final minute, his first tally in 30 games (Mar. 9 at Hamilton)… Excluding shootouts, the Marlies have not lost three straight games since Dec. 16-18, 2011… Norfolk, 41-3 in its last 44 games, has won eight straight since its second-round series vs. Connecticut was tied at two games apiece… Toronto is 1-for-14 on the power play in the series; Norfolk is 1-for-9.

2012 Calder Cup Finals – Series “O” (best-of-7)
E1-Norfolk Admirals vs. W2-Toronto Marlies
Game 1 Fri., June 1 NORFOLK 3, Toronto 1 || Recap/Highlights
Game 2 Sat., June 2 NORFOLK 4, Toronto 2 || Recap/Highlights 
Game 3 Thurs., June 7 Norfolk at Toronto, 7:00
Game 4 Sat., June 9 Norfolk at Toronto, 3:00 
*Game 5 Sun., June 10 Norfolk at Toronto, 3:00 
*Game 6 Wed., June 13 Toronto at Norfolk, 7:15 
*Game 7 Fri., June 15 Toronto at Norfolk, 7:30
   *if necessary… All times Eastern

Morning Stories

Virginian-Pilot: Admirals strive to win title, even as real life intrudes
Virginian-Pilot: Even on sidelines, injured Admiral has played role in team’s success
National Post: Marlies’ Colborne is hard work in progress
National Post: Marlies’ Zigomanis carries wealth of memories
Globe and Mail: Interest in Marlies ‘just incredible’
Toronto Star: Marlies look for more from Colborne
Toronto Sun: Top 5 Marlies storylines going into Game 3
Sportsnet.ca: Back to basics
Canadian Press: Marlies hope home ice is remedy

From Calder to Stanley

Adam Henrique scored with 4:31 left in regulation as New Jersey staved off elimination with a 3-1 win over Los Angeles in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final last night… For Henrique, who scored 25 goals as a rookie with the Albany Devils in 2010-11 and also appeared in three games with Albany earlier this year, it was his fourth goal of the postseason and his third game-winner… Former AHL All-Star Patrik Elias broke a scoreless tie at 7:56 of the third period, and Bryce Salvador recorded two assists for the Devils… Game 5 is Saturday night in Newark.

By the Numbers

23 – Teams in AHL history who have won a best-of-seven series after trailing 0-2… Included in that list is the 2008 Toronto Marlies, who rallied past Syracuse in the second round.

3-39 – All-time Calder Cup Finals series record of teams trailing 0-2… The only teams to successfully come back in a championship series were the 1972 Nova Scotia Voyageurs (vs. Baltimore), the 1991 Springfield Indians (vs. Rochester) and the 2010 Hershey Bears (vs. Texas).

On This Date

June 7, 2011 – The Binghamton Senators win the Calder Cup — the first in 29 seasons of AHL hockey in the city — with a 3-2 victory over Houston in Game 6 of the Calder Cup Finals.

June 7, 2010 – Already trailing 0-2 in the series, Hershey rallies from two goals down in Game 3 and defeats Texas, 6-3, behind two goals each from Mathieu Perreault and Andrew Gordon.

June 7, 2009Michal Neuvirth stops 30 of 31 shots as Hershey takes a 3-1 series lead in the Calder Cup Finals with a 2-1 win over Manitoba in Game 4.

June 7, 2008 – Wilkes-Barre/Scranton scores five unanswered goals over the game’s final 28 minutes, staving off elimination for a second straight night with a 5-1 victory over Chicago in Game 5 of the Calder Cup Finals.

June 7, 2007 – In front of 14,205 fans at Copps Coliseum, Ajay Baines’ shorthanded goal midway through the third period lifts Hamilton to a 2-1 win over Hershey and the Bulldogs’ first Calder Cup championship.

June 7, 2003 – Houston grabs a 3-2 series lead in the Calder Cup Finals with a 6-4 win over Hamilton in the last game ever played at the Compaq Center.

June 7, 1998Martin St. Louis records three assists as Saint John avoids elimination with a 6-1 home win over Philadelphia in Game 5 of the Calder Cup Finals.

June 7, 1997 – After a wild third period that saw five goals scored in the final 12:12 of regulation, Mike McHugh scores 56 seconds into overtime to give Hershey a 6-5 win over Hamilton and a 2-0 series lead in the Calder Cup Finals.

AHL Live

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