A thrilling weekend of Calder Cup Playoff action winds down with three games this afternoon, all from division semifinal action in the Eastern Conference.
The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins didn’t lose their first regulation game until December, finished with 51 victories and 113 points and the East Division championships.
But they dropped the first two games of their first-round series to Bridgeport, and now face the daunting of challenge of becoming just the fifth team in AHL history to win a best-of-seven series after falling behind 0-2 at home.
Game 3 is this afternoon at the Arena at Harbor Yard, where the host Sound Tigers will be brimming with confidence to go with the knowledge that they’ve won seven of their last nine meetings with the Pens.
Wilkes-Barre has history on its side, though, having rallied from 0-2 down in the first round to win in each of the last two seasons, including against Bridgeport in 2004.
Face-off for Game 3 is set for 3:05 p.m. ET.
In Manchester, the Monarchs look to keep the momentum from their double-overtime win on Friday night as they host Hartford in Game 4 of their Atlantic Division semifinal.
Jeff Giuliano’s second goal of the night gave Manchester a 6-5 win and a 2-1 series lead after the Wolf Pack had rallied from three goals down in the third period to tie.
Monarchs forward Alexandre Daigle, coming off a four-assist effort on Friday, is tied for the AHL playoff scoring lead with six points in the series.
Game time at the Verizon Wireless Arena is 4:05 p.m. ET.
And despite playing a much better game on Saturday, Providence still heads home down two in its series with Portland.
After being routed 6-0 in Thursday’s opener, the Bruins dropped a 3-2 decision in Game 2, their fifth straight postseason road loss.
Defenseman Maxim Kondratiev followed up his five-point performance in the opener by scoring the winning goal on Saturday for the Pirates, who had lost nine of their previous 10 home playoff games prior to the series.
Game 3 at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence gets underway at 4:05 p.m. ET.