AHL Morning Skate: May 23

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nor  tor
Game 4 – 7:00 ET (TOR leads series, 2-1)
TV: Rogers TV (Toronto), Cox Channel 3/703 (OKC), ESPN America
Webcast: AHL Live

The Western Conference Finals resume tonight at Ricoh Coliseum with host Toronto looking to extend their 2-1 series lead over Oklahoma City… Matt Frattin‘s second goal of the game with 2:02 left in regulation broke a 3-3 tie and sent the Marlies to a 5-3 win in Game 3 on Monday afternoon… Frattin (8-2-10) has three goals in the series and is tied for the AHL lead with eight postseason tallies… Philippe Dupuis (3-7-10) recorded a goal and an assist, Ryan Hamilton (2-3-5) netted a power-play marker and Jerry D’Amigo (7-4-11) buried an empty-net, shorthanded goal to finish the scoring… Ben Scrivens (9-2, 1.81, .937) stopped 25 of 28 shots in the win for Toronto… Magnus Paajarvi (2-8-10) led Oklahoma City with a goal and an assist in Game 3 while Bryan Rodney (2-7-9) and Chris VandeVelde (5-0-5) also scored… Paajarvi has 1-3-4 in the series, tops among all Barons skaters… Yann Danis (8-4, 2.34, .903) made 22 saves in the loss… Danis, who is 13-2-0 this season following a Barons regulation loss, has allowed four goals or more in a game four times this postseason, but has allowed given up one goal or fewer in seven starts… Toronto was 2-for-4 on the power play in Game 3 after going 1-for-11 in the first two games combined; Oklahoma City is 2-for-19 on the power play in the series.

Western Conference Finals – Series “N” (best-of-7)
1-Oklahoma City Barons vs. 2-Toronto Marlies

Game 1 – Thurs., May 17 – Toronto 5, OKLAHOMA CITY 0 || Recap
Game 2 – Fri., May 18 – OKLAHOMA CITY 5, Toronto 1 || Recap
Game 3 – Mon., May 21 – TORONTO 5, Oklahoma City 3 || Recap
Game 4 – Wed., May 23 – Oklahoma City at Toronto, 7:00 
Game 5 – Fri., May 25 – Oklahoma City at Toronto, 7:00 
*Game 6 – Mon., May 28 – Toronto at Oklahoma City, 8:00 
*Game 7 – Wed., May 30 – Toronto at Oklahoma City, 8:00
   *if necessary… All times Eastern

nor  stj
Norfolk wins series, 4-0

The Norfolk Admirals captured the Richard F. Canning Trophy and advanced to the Calder Cup Finals for the first time in franchise history with a 4-0 win over St. John’s last night… Dustin Tokarski (8-2, 1.65, .939) made 29 saves for his second consecutive shutout… Tokarski, who blanked the IceCaps over the final 159:46 of the series, stopped 113 of 115 St. John’s shots in four games (0.50, .983) as the Admirals set an AHL record for fewest goals allowed in a four-game playoff series (2)… Evan Oberg (2-5-7), Tyler Johnson (3-5-8), Trevor Smith (4-9-13) and Brandon Segal (3-4-7) scored for the Admirals in Game 4… Norfolk has now won six straight games and is 39-3 in its last 42… Attendance at Mile One Centre was 6,287 — the 46th sellout in as many home games for the IceCaps in their inaugural season.

Eastern Conference Finals – Series “M” (best-of-7)
1-Norfolk Admirals vs. 2-St. John’s IceCaps

Game 1 – Thurs., May 17 – NORFOLK 6, St. John’s 1 || Recap
Game 2 – Sat., May 19 – NORFOLK 3, St. John’s 1 || Recap 
Game 3 – Mon., May 21 – Norfolk 1, ST. JOHN’S 0 (OT) || Recap
Game 4 – Tue., May 22 – Norfolk 4, ST. JOHN’S 0 || Recap

From Calder to Stanley

Dustin Penner, a 39-goal scorer and Calder Cup conference finalist with the Portland Pirates in 2005-06, scored at 17:42 of overtime to give Los Angeles a 4-3 win over Phoenix and the NHL’s Western Conference championship… 2005 Calder Cup champions Mike Richards (1g) and Jeff Carter (2a) contributed to the offense, and two-time AHL All-Star Slava Voynov assisted on the winning goal… Marc-Antoine Pouliot, who played 48 AHL games with Portland this season and has 9-8-17 in 17 career AHL postseason contests, scored his first career NHL playoff goal for the Coyotes.

By the Numbers

9 – Consecutive seasons in which the Eastern Conference champion has come out of the East Division, with Norfolk following Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (2004, ’08), Philadelphia (2005), Hershey (2006, ’07, ’09, ’10) and Binghamton (2011).

22 – Seasons of AHL hockey in Virginia, between the Norfolk Admirals (2000- ), Hampton Gulls (1977-78), Richmond Robins (1971-76) and Tidewater/Virginia Wings (1971-75)… Norfolk is the first of those teams to reach the Calder Cup Finals.

On This Date

May 23, 2008 – Down 3-2 in the series and 3-0 in the final minute of the second period, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton rallies for a 4-3 victory over Portland in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Connor James‘ goal 20 seconds into overtime… Chicago wins the Western Conference title with a 4-2 win over Toronto in Game 5.

May 23, 2006Tim Brent picks up a goal and an assist as Portland scores three times in the third period and defeats Hershey, 3-2, in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

May 23, 2005Brad Boyes scores 14:08 into overtime as Providence gets in the win column with a 2-1 victory over Philadelphia in Game 3 of their conference final series.

May 23, 1997 – Chad Kilger caps Springfield’s comeback from a three-goal deficit and sends the Falcons to a 4-3 win over Hershey and a 3-1 conference final series lead.

May 23, 1994 – Behind Olaf Kolzig’s 37 saves, Portland defeats the Moncton Hawks, 4-3, to take a 2-1 series lead in the Calder Cup Finals.

May 23, 1992 – Rob Pearson scores twice and Damian Rhodes makes 37 saves as the St. John’s Maple Leafs take Game 4 of the Calder Cup Finals with a 4-1 win at Adirondack.

May 23, 1987 – Rochester wins its fifth Calder Cup championship with a 4-2 victory at Sherbrooke in Game 7..

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