AHL Morning Skate: May 11

Take a game-day spin around the AHL ice with latest news and notes from
the 2016 Calder Cup Playoffs in today’s Morning Skate.

Complete Schedule || Playoff Brackets || Today’s Scoreboard || League Leaders

Game 5 – 7:00 ET, AHL Live
(Series tied, 2-2)

The Bears and Penguins are all square again as Hershey hosts Game 5 of the Atlantic Division Finals tonight at Giant Center… Kael Mouillierat‘s power-play goal 2:31 into overtime on Monday gave Wilkes-Barre/Scranton a 2-1 victory in Game 4… It was the first goal of the 2016 postseason for Mouillierat (1-4-5), who had last found the net on Apr. 10 also vs. Hershey… Tom Kostopoulos (3-3-6) also scored a power-play goal for the Penguins in Game 4, and Tristan Jarry (1-0, 0.78, .964) made 22 saves in his first pro playoff start… Carter Camper (2-3-5) scored on a power play for Hershey, his second goal and third point of the series… Chris Bourque (3-3-6) picked up his 73rd career playoff assist to break a tie with Keith Aucoin for third place in AHL history… Justin Peters (5-3, 1.26, .952) stopped 28 of 30 shots for the Bears, allowing two goals or fewer for the seventh time eight starts this postseason… Wilkes-Barre is now 4-for-24 (16.7 percent) on the power play in the series; Hershey is 2-for-22 (9.1 percent)… The Penguins improved to 4-0 in overtime this postseason… In 16 head-to-head meetings between these teams this season, the club scoring the game’s first goal is 16-0.

Atlantic Division Finals – Series “I” (best-of-7)
A1-Hershey Bears vs. A3-Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins

Game 1 – Wed., May 4 – W-B/Scranton 4, HERSHEY 0
Game 2 – Fri., May 6 – HERSHEY 2, W-B/Scranton 0
Game 3 – Sat., May 7 – Hershey 5, W-B/SCRANTON 2
Game 4 – Mon., May 9 – W-B/SCRANTON 2, Hershey 1 (OT)
*Game 5 – Wed., May 11 – W-B/Scranton at Hershey, 7:00
*Game 6 – Fri., May 13 – Hershey at W-B/Scranton, 7:05
*Game 7 – Sun., May 15 – W-B/Scranton at Hershey, 5:00
   *if necessary… All times Eastern

Pivotal Game 5
Tonight marks the 133rd time in AHL history that a best-of-seven Calder Cup Playoff series has been tied, 2-2… The Game 5 winner has won 108 of the previous 132 series (81.8 percent).
About Last Night
#TORvsALB: Toronto erupted for four power-play goals and rolled past Albany, 7-2, in Game 4 of the North Division Finals… The series is now even at two games apiece with Game 5 set for Thursday… The Marlies scored on four of their first five power plays in Game 4 after going 0-for-8 with two shorthanded goals against in Game 3.

#LEvsGR: Andreas Athanasiou scored with 1:55 left in regulation to cap a season-saving comeback and give Grand Rapids a 5-4 win over Lake Erie in Game 4 of the Central Division Finals… Poised to sweep the series, the Monsters had a 4-1 lead with less than a minute remaining in the second period before the Griffins scored the final four goals of the game… This goal by Lake Erie’s Sonny Milano was the #1 play on SportsCenter’s Top 10 highlights last night.

Working Overtime
There have been 8 overtime games played in the 2016 Calder Cup Playoffs so far:

May 9 – W-B/SCRANTON 2, Hershey 1 (Kael Mouillierat, 2:31)
May 8 – ALBANY 3, Toronto 2 (Nick Lappin, 18:40)
May 7 – Ontario 2, SAN DIEGO 1 (Justin Auger, 11:55)
May 5 – LAKE ERIE 3, Grand Rapids 2 (Oliver Bjorkstrand, 12:23)
Apr. 28 – Portland 2, HERSHEY 1 (Rob Flick, 43:10)
Apr. 26 – UTICA 2, Albany 1 (Alexandre Grenier, 9:13)
Apr. 23 – W-B/Scranton 5, PROVIDENCE 4 (Jake Guentzel, 33:52)
Apr. 21 – W-B/SCRANTON 4, Providence 3 (Daniel Sprong, 5:13)
Apr. 20 – W-B/SCRANTON 3, Providence 2 (Carter Rowney, 1:09)

Alumni Watch
In Stanley Cup Playoff action last night, Nick Bonino, who played 69 AHL games with Syracuse over the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons, scored 6:32 into overtime to send Pittsburgh to the Eastern Conference Finals with a 4-3 win over Washington in Game 6… Carl Hagelin, who made his pro debut with Connecticut during the 2011 Calder Cup Playoffs, recorded a goal and two assists for the Penguins and 2015-16 Second Team AHL All-Star Matt Murray made 36 saves.

AHL Live
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