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the 2016 Calder Cup Playoffs in today’s Morning Skate.
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The Hershey Bears can move on to the Eastern Conference Finals with one more victory as they take a 3-2 series lead into Game 6 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre tonight… Hershey grabbed a 5-3 win in Game 5 on Wednesday night, with former Penguin Zach Sill scoring the game-winning goal on a shorthanded breakaway early in the third period… Sill (1-3-4), who played 277 regular-season games and 60 postseason contests with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton from 2009-14, also had two assists in Game 5… Jakub Vrana (4-5-9) and Carter Camper (3-4-7) recorded a goal and an assist each for Hershey, which built a 3-0 lead before Wilkes-Barre battled back to tie on goals by Tom Kostopoulos (4-3-7), Josh Archibald (1-1-2) and Tom Sestito (1-3-4)… Sill’s game-winning goal was the fourth shorthanded marker allowed by the Penguins this postseason… Justin Peters (6-3, 1.44, .947) allowed more than two goals for just the second time in nine starts this postseason but earned the Game 5 victory with 29 saves… Tristan Jarry (1-0, 2.24, .902) and Casey DeSmith (4-3, 2.49, .923) split Wilkes-Barre’s goaltending duties in Game 5… The Penguins are an impressive 15-5 on home ice when facing elimination in their history, including 6-1 since 2012… In 17 head-to-head meetings between these teams this season, the club scoring the game’s first goal is now 17-0.
Atlantic Division Finals – Series “I” (best-of-7)
The Pacific Division Finals resume tonight after a four-day layoff with Ontario holding a 2-1 series lead over San Diego… The Gulls bounced back from Saturday’s overtime loss in Game 2 with a 3-0 shutout victory on the road in Game 3 on Sunday night… Matt Hackett (2-2, 1.96, 935) made 29 saves for the second shutout of his Calder Cup Playoff career… Kalle Kossila (2-0-2), Nick Ritchie (5-2-7) and Jaycob Megna (1-0-1) scored for the Gulls in Game 3, which was their first shutout victory since a 5-0 win at San Jose back on Dec. 12… Ritchie has recorded a point in all seven playoff games for San Diego, and Chris Mueller (2-6-8) brings a five-game scoring streak into tonight’s contest after picking up an assist on Sunday… The Gulls were 1-for-4 on the power play in Game 3, scoring the first goal allowed by Ontario’s penalty killers this postseason… Peter Budaj (5-2, 1.68, .920) stopped 22 of 24 shots in Sunday’s loss, which ended the Reign’s four-game winning streak… Ontario was 4-0 following a shutout loss during the regular season… The Reign are now outshooting their opponents 253-151 over their seven playoff games.
Pacific Division Finals – Series “L” (best-of-7)
|About Last Night|
#TORvsALB: Toronto scored two more power-play goals in a 5-1 win at Albany last night to take a 3-2 series lead in the North Division Finals… The Marlies have outscored the Devils 12-3 over the last two games, going 6-for-14 on the power play in the process… Josh Leivo tallied a goal and two assists and Mark Arcobello recorded three assists in the Game 5 win.
There have been 9 overtime games played in the 2016 Calder Cup Playoffs so far… Home teams are 6-3:
May 9 – W-B/SCRANTON 2, Hershey 1 (Kael Mouillierat, 2:31)
In Stanley Cup Playoff action last night, 2010 AHL All-Star Logan Couture recorded a goal and two assists and 2011 AHL All-Star Martin Jones made 20 saves as San Jose advanced to the Western Conference final with a 5-0 win over Nashville.
At the 2016 IIHF World Championships in Russia yesterday, the United States got goals from 2014-15 Eddie Shore Award winner Chris Wideman and defenseman Brady Skjei, who played 68 games with Hartford in 2015-16, in a 4-0 win over France.