MANITOBA 7, HAMILTON 2
Rookie Jordan Schroeder notched three goals and an assist and Cory Schneider made 34 saves as Manitoba climbed back into its North Division semifinal with a 7-2 win over Hamilton at the MTS Centre on Monday.
The Moose, who were coming off an 8-2 loss in Game 2 on Saturday, now trail the series by as 2-1 count with Game 4 set for Wednesday in Winnipeg. The series is now guaranteed to extend to Game 5 on Friday.
Schroeder, a first-round draft pick by the parent Vancouver Canucks in 2009, had been scoreless with a minus-2 rating in the first two games before burying three of his five shots on Monday.
The 19-year-old Schroeder, who completed his hat trick before the game was even half over, added an assist on a third-period power play goal by Yan Stastny.
Schneider, who was pulled from Saturday’s blowout loss, bounced back to collect his first victory of the postseason.
CHICAGO 1, MILWAUKEE 0
Spencer Machacek’s goal exactly 14 minutes into the second period stood up as the only score of the game, and Chicago earned a 1-0 road win over Milwaukee on Monday at the Bradley Center.
With the victory, the Wolves claimed a commanding 3-1 series lead over the Admirals in the West Division semifinals. Chicago can close it out on home ice Wednesday night.
Machacek’s game-winning goal came unassisted and marked his second tally of the series.
Wolves goaltender Peter Mannino (3-1) did the rest, stopping all 29 shots fired on him by the Admirals to earn his second shutout of the series, following a 3-0 win in Game 2.
Combined with Milwaukee’s 6-0 triumph in game 3, this is the first Calder Cup Playoff series to feature three consecutive shutouts since 1939, when all three games of a best-of-three affair between Springfield and Cleveland resulted in whitewashes.
ROCHESTER 8, ABBOTSFORD 4
Rochester fell into a 2-0 hole but then scored eight of the game’s next 10 goals en route to an 8-4 road win over Abbotsford at the Entertainment & Sports Centre, giving the Amerks a 2-1 lead in the teams’ North Division semifinal.
The Americans took control with a four-goal second period and added three more strikes in the third frame.
Shawn Matthias led the way with two goals, an assist, and a plus-5 rating for Rochester. Graham Mink also tallied two goals and a helper, defenseman Clay Wilson added a pair of tallies, and defensemen Keaton Ellerby and Jordan Henry scored once apiece.
Mike York (0-3-3) and defenseman Jason Garrison (0-2-2) each chipped in multiple assists and were a combined plus-9 on the night. Amerks goaltender Tyler Plante emerged with the win after making 28 saves in net.
The Heat will look to pull the series even at 2-2 when they host Game 4 on Wednesday night.