AHL Morning Skate: May 14

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 6 – 3:00 ET, AHL Live
(Toronto leads series, 3-2)

A pair of offensive outbursts leaves Toronto one win away from the conference finals as the Marlies host Albany in Game 6 of the North Division Finals this afternoon… Toronto followed up Tuesday’s 7-2 win with a 5-1 victory in Game 5 on Thursday night… Josh Leivo (2-6-8) tallied a goal and two assists and Mark Arcobello (1-7-8) had three assists in the win… Connor Carrick (5-8-13) and Connor Brown (5-2-7) scored power-play goals early in the second period to stake the Marlies to a 2-0 lead, and Nikita Soshnikov (4-0-4) added his third goal in two games later in the stanza… Antoine Bibeau (4-1, 2.40, .920) made 21 saves for the win… Paul Thompson (1-1-2) netted the Devils’ only goal in Game 5, his first tally since Mar. 29… Toronto was 2-for-5 on the power play in Game 5 and is 6-for-14 over the last two games, dropping Albany’s playoff penalty-killing efficiency from 96.7 percent (29-for-30) to 84.1 percent (37-for-44)… Albany is outscoring its opponents 12-6 in the first period this postseason; Toronto is outscoring its opponents 28-8 from the second period on… The Marlies’ 12 goals in their last two games have come on 49 shots (24.5 percent).

North Division Finals – Series “J” (best-of-7)
N1-Toronto Marlies vs. N2-Albany Devils

Game 1 – Wed., May 4 – Albany 2, TORONTO 1
Game 2 – Fri., May 6 – TORONTO 5, Albany 3
Game 3 – Sun., May 8 – ALBANY 3, Toronto 2 (OT)
Game 4 – Tue., May 10 – Toronto 7, ALBANY 2
Game 5 – Thu., May 12 – Toronto 5, ALBANY 1
Game 6 – Sat., May 14 – Albany at Toronto, 3:00
*Game 7 – Mon., May 16 – Albany at Toronto, 7:30
   *if necessary… All times Eastern

Game 5 – 7:00 ET, AHL Live, SiriusXM 91
(Lake Erie leads series, 3-1)

Lake Erie hosts Grand Rapids in Game 5 of the Central Division Finals this evening after the Griffins staged a season-saving comeback in Game 4 back on Tuesday night… Andreas Athanasiou (1-1-2) scored with 1:55 left in regulation to give the Griffins a 5-4 win in a game they had trailed 4-1 with less than a minute remaining in the second period… Tyler Bertuzzi (4-1-5) and Anthony Mantha (4-4-8) each had a goal and an assist for Grand Rapids in Game 4, and Jared Coreau stopped all 16 shots he faced in a relief appearance — his first action of the postseason… Louis-Marc Aubry (1-0-1) and Robbie Russo (1-2-3) scored 1:28 apart for Grand Rapids early in the third period to tie the game… Andy Miele (1-4-5) extended his scoring streak to four games with an assist… Lake Erie, which had won nine in a row dating back to the regular season, got goals in Game 4 from Michael Chaput (1-3-4), Sonny Milano (3-2-5), Lukas Sedlak (3-3-6) and Oliver Bjorkstrand (4-3-7)… The Monsters were 1-for-2 on the power play in Game 4 and continue to lead the league in postseason efficiency (10-for-28, 35.7 percent)… Grand Rapids had scored one third-period goal in its first six playoff games before scoring three in the final frame on Tuesday… All four games in the series have been decided by a single goal, and each by a different score: 3-2, 4-3, 2-1, 5-4.

Central Division Finals – Series “K” (best-of-7) 
C2-Lake Erie Monsters vs. C4-Grand Rapids Griffins 

Game 1 – Thu., May 5 – LAKE ERIE 3, Grand Rapids 2 (OT)
Game 2 – Sat., May 7 – LAKE ERIE 4, Grand Rapids 3
Game 3 – Sun., May 8 – Lake Erie 2, GRAND RAPIDS 1
Game 4 – Tue., May 10 – GRAND RAPIDS 5, Lake Erie 4
Game 5 – Sat., May 14 – Grand Rapids at Lake Erie, 7:00
*Game 6 – Mon., May 16 – Lake Erie at Grand Rapids, 7:00
*Game 7 – Tue., May 17 – Grand Rapids at Lake Erie, 7:00
   *if necessary… All times Eastern

Game 5 – 10:00 ET, AHL Live
(Ontario leads series, 3-1)

Mike Amadio celebrated his 20th birthday by scoring his first professional goal at 6:29 of overtime last night to give Ontario a wild 4-3 win and a chance to close out San Diego on home ice tonight… Amadio, a third-round draft pick by Los Angeles in 2014, scored 50 goals in the regular season for North Bay (OHL) this year and added 12 goals in 11 playoff contests… Game 4 was scoreless after one period and the Gulls took a 1-0 lead into the second intermission for the third game in a row, but the teams combined for five goals in the final frame — including four in a span of 3:04… Ontario’s Adrian Kempe (4-1-5) and San Diego’s Chris Mueller (4-7-11) each scored twice during that outburst… Nic Dowd (3-5-8) recorded a goal and two assists for the Reign last night, and Peter Budaj (6-2, 1.81, .916) stopped 25 of 28 shots… Mueller’s two goals for the Gulls capped a three-point night as he extended his scoring streak to six games (3-7-10)… Matt Hackett (2-3, 2.32, .925) made 33 saves in defeat… San Diego outshot Ontario, 10-8, in the first period of Game 4, the only time in 26 periods this postseason that the Reign have been outshot in a frame… The Reign are now outshooting their opponents 290-179 over their eight playoff games… Game 4 was Ontario’s second OT win of the series, both coming on the road.

Pacific Division Finals – Series “L” (best-of-7)
P1-Ontario Reign vs. P2-San Diego Gulls
Game 1 – Thu., May 5 – ONTARIO 5, San Diego 3
Game 2 – Sat., May 7 – Ontario 2, SAN DIEGO 1 (OT)
Game 3 – Sun., May 8 – San Diego 3, ONTARIO 0
Game 4 – Fri., May 13 – Ontario 4, SAN DIEGO 3 (OT)
Game 5 – Sat., May 14 – San Diego at Ontario, 10:00
*Game 6 – Mon., May 16 – Ontario at San Diego, 10:05
*Game 7 – Wed., May 18 – San Diego at Ontario, 10:00
   *if necessary… All times Eastern

About Last Night
#HERvsWBS: Tom Kostopoulos tied a Penguins franchise playoff record with five points and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton staved off elimination with a 6-2 win over Hershey in Game 6 of the Atlantic Division Finals last night… Kostopoulos (1g, 4a) and linemates Carter Rowney (2g, 1a) and Jake Guentzel (1g, 2a) combined for 11 points in the game… The decisive Game 7 will be played Sunday evening in Hershey (5 p.m. ET).

#ONTvsSD: Mike Amadio‘s first pro goal came 6:29 into overtime and lifted Ontario to a 4-3 win over San Diego in Game 4 of the Pacific Division Finals… The Reign take a 3-1 series lead into Game 5 back home tonight.

Working Overtime
There have been 10 overtime games played in the 2016 Calder Cup Playoffs so far… Home teams are 6-4:

May 13 – Ontario 4, SAN DIEGO 3 (Mike Amadio, 6:29)
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, Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 25 of 26 shots in relief of an injured Ben Bishop and 2012 Calder Cup champions Alex Killorn and Ondrej Palat scored in Tampa Bay’s 3-1 win over Pittsburgh in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final… Vasilevskiy appeared in 12 AHL games with Syracuse this season, going 7-4-1 with a 1.94 goals-against average and a .935 save percentage.

At the 2016 IIHF World Championships in Russia yesterday, Vinnie Hinostroza, who skated in 66 AHL games with Rockford this season, scored for the United States in a 5-1 win over Hungary… Nicklas Jensen, who spent 2015-16 in the AHL with Utica and Hartford, scored once in regulation and once in the shootout to give Denmark a 3-2 win over Latvia… 2005 AHL All-Star Tomas Plekanec scored twice for the Czech Republic in a 3-1 win over Kazakhstan.

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