AHL Morning Skate

Game 2 – Albany 3, HERSHEY 2 (OT) (Series tied, 1-1)
Game 1 – Hamilton 2, ROCHESTER 0 (HAM leads, 1-0)
Game 1 – MANITOBA 1, Grand Rapids 0 (MTB leads, 1-0)

1. Carey Price shut down Rochester in his pro playoff debut, making 34 saves in Hamilton's 2-0 win.


2. Drew MacIntyre's 23-save shutout preserved Manitoba's 1-0 win over Grand Rapids.


3. Former Bear Shane Willis scored twice, including the winner 10 seconds into OT, to lead Albany past Hershey.

Game 2 – Providence at Hartford, 7:00
Game 1 – Norfolk at W-B/Scranton, 7:05
Game 2 – Worcester at Manchester, 7:35
Game 1 – Iowa at Omaha, 8:00
Game 1 – Milwaukee at Chicago, 8:30


Atlantic Division Semifinal -- Series "A" (best-of-7)
A1-Manchester Monarchs vs. A4-Worcester Sharks || Preview
Game 1 – Wed., Apr. 18 – MANCHESTER 5, Worcester 2
Game 2 – Fri., Apr. 20 – Worcester at Manchester, 7:35
Game 3 – Sat., Apr. 21 – Manchester at Worcester, 7:00
Game 4 – Wed., Apr. 25 – Manchester at Worcester, 7:00
*Game 5 – Fri., Apr. 27 – Worcester at Manchester, 7:35
*Game 6 – Sat., Apr. 28 – Manchester at Worcester, 7:00
*Game 7 – Mon., Apr. 30 – Worcester at Manchester, 7:05


Atlantic Division Semifinal -- Series "B" (best-of-7)
A2-Hartford Wolf Pack vs. A3-Providence Bruins || Preview
Game 1 – Wed., Apr. 18 – HARTFORD 5, Providence 1
Game 2 – Fri., Apr. 20 – Providence at Hartford, 7:00
Game 3 – Sat., Apr. 21 – Hartford at Providence, 7:05
Game 4 – Tue., Apr. 24 – Hartford at Providence, 7:05
*Game 5 – Thu., Apr. 26 – Hartford at Providence, 7:05
*Game 6 – Sat., Apr. 28 – Providence at Hartford, 7:00
*Game 7 – Sun., Apr. 29 – Providence at Hartford, 7:00


East Division Semifinal -- Series "C" (best-of-7)
E1-Hershey Bears vs. E4-Albany River Rats || Preview
Game 1 – Wed., Apr. 18 – HERSHEY 3, Albany 2
Game 2 – Thu., Apr. 19 – Albany 3, HERSHEY 2 (OT)
Game 3 – Sun., Apr. 22 – Hershey vs. Albany, 5:00 (GF)
Game 4 – Mon., Apr. 23 – Hershey vs. Albany, 7:00 (GF)
Game 5 – Wed., Apr. 25 – Hershey vs. Albany, 7:00 (GF)
*Game 6 – Sat., Apr. 28 – Albany at Hershey, 7:00
*Game 7 – Sun., Apr. 29 – Albany at Hershey, 5:00


East Division Semifinal -- Series "D" (best-of-7)
E2-W-B/Scranton Penguins vs. E3-Norfolk Admirals || Preview
Game 1 – Fri., Apr. 20 – Norfolk at W-B/Scranton, 7:05
Game 2 – Sat., Apr. 21 – Norfolk at W-B/Scranton, 7:05
Game 3 – Mon., Apr. 23 – W-B/Scranton at Norfolk, 7:15
Game 4 – Wed., Apr. 25 – W-B/Scranton at Norfolk, 7:15
*Game 5 – Fri., Apr. 27 – W-B/Scranton at Norfolk, 7:15
*Game 6 – Sun., Apr. 29 – Norfolk at W-B/Scranton, 5:05
*Game 7 – Tue., May 1 – Norfolk at W-B/Scranton, 7:05


North Division Semifinal -- Series "E" (best-of-7)
N1-Manitoba Moose vs. N4-Grand Rapids Griffins || Preview
Game 1 – Thu., Apr. 19 – MANITOBA 1, Grand Rapids 0
Game 2 – Sat., Apr. 21 – Grand Rapids at Manitoba, 8:30
Game 3 – Mon., Apr. 23 – Manitoba at Grand Rapids, 7:00
Game 4 – Wed., Apr. 25 – Manitoba at Grand Rapids, 7:00
*Game 5 – Fri., Apr. 27 – Manitoba at Grand Rapids, 7:00
*Game 6 – Sun., Apr. 29 – Grand Rapids at Manitoba, 8:30
*Game 7 – Tue., May 1 – Grand Rapids at Manitoba, 8:30


North Division Semifinal -- Series "F" (best-of-7)
N2-Rochester Americans vs. N3-Hamilton Bulldogs || Preview
Game 1 – Thu., Apr. 19 – Hamilton 2, ROCHESTER 0
Game 2 – Sat., Apr. 21 – Hamilton at Rochester, 8:05
Game 3 – Sun., Apr. 22 – Rochester at Hamilton, 6:00
Game 4 – Tue., Apr. 24 – Rochester at Hamilton, 7:30
*Game 5 – Thu., Apr. 26 – Hamilton at Rochester, 7:05
*Game 6 – Sat., Apr. 28 – Rochester at Hamilton, 7:00
*Game 7 – Mon., Apr. 30 – Hamilton at Rochester, 7:05


West Division Semifinal -- Series "G" (best-of-7)
W1-Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights vs. W4-Iowa Stars || Preview
Game 1 – Fri., Apr. 20 – Iowa at Omaha, 8:00
Game 2 – Sat., Apr. 21 – Iowa at Omaha, 8:00
Game 3 – Mon., Apr. 23 – Omaha at Iowa, 8:05
Game 4 – Wed., Apr. 25 – Omaha at Iowa, 8:05
*Game 5 – Fri., Apr. 27 – Iowa at Omaha, 8:00
*Game 6 – Sat., Apr. 28 – Omaha at Iowa, 8:05
*Game 7 – Tue., May 1 – Iowa at Omaha, 8:00


West Division Semifinal -- Series "H" (best-of-7)
W2-Chicago Wolves vs. W3-Milwaukee Admirals || Preview
Game 1 – Fri., Apr. 20 – Milwaukee at Chicago, 8:30
Game 2 – Sun., Apr. 22 – Milwaukee at Chicago, 5:00
Game 3 – Tue., Apr. 24 – Chicago at Milwaukee, 8:00
Game 4 – Wed., Apr. 25 – Chicago at Milwaukee, 8:00
*Game 5 – Fri., Apr. 27 – Milwaukee at Chicago, 8:30
*Game 6 – Sat., Apr. 28 – Chicago at Milwaukee, 8:30
*Game 7 – Tue., May 1 – Milwaukee at Chicago, 8:00

*if necessary… All times Eastern

GAME NOTES (all times ET):
Game 2 – Providence at Hartford, 7:00
Linemates Nigel Dawes (2g, 3a), Alex Bourret (2g, 2a) and Jarkko Immonen (1g) combined for 10 points and a plus-15 rating in Hartford’s 5-1 win over Providence in Game 1 on Wednesday night... Hannu Toivonen, who led Providence to the conference finals in 2005, allowed five goals on 22 shots in the Game 1 loss... Wolf Pack goalie Al Montoya has stopped 84 of 88 shots (.955) in his last three games against the Bruins in Hartford... The Pack are 14-3-0-1 in their last 18 games at the Hartford Civic Center.


Game 1 – Norfolk at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, 7:05
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton fallen behind 0-2 in each of its last five series and seven times in its last nine, but rallied to win in the first round in 2004, 2005 and 2006... This is the second time in Calder Cup Playoff history that two 50-win clubs are meeting in a series; the only other time was the 1999 Calder Cup Finals (Providence vs. Rochester)... Kyle Brodziak has eight points (2g, 6a) and leads the Pens with a plus-7 in eight games against the Admirals... AHL All-Rookie forward Troy Brouwer has five goals and nine points in eight games against the Penguins... Norfolk has lost six straight road playoff games.


Game 2 – Worcester at Manchester, 7:35
Defensemen Oleg Tverdovsky (1g, 2a), Peter Harrold (1g, 1a), Jeff Likens (2a) T.J. Kemp (1a) and Doug Nolan (1a) accounted for nine of the 15 points awarded in Manchester’s 5-2 win in Game 1... Barry Brust, who pitched a shutout in last year’s playoff opener, improved his AHL postseason record to 3-2 by stopping 27 of 29 shots for the Monarchs... Manchester has scored at least five goals in four of its 11 meetings with Worcester this season... Vermont native Graham Mink scored his ninth career playoff goal for the Sharks in Wednesday’s loss.


Game 1 – Iowa at Omaha, 8:00
Omaha and Iowa combined for just 51 goals in 12 regular-season meetings... Carsen Germyn scored the game-winning goal in four of the Knights’ eight victories vs. Iowa this season... The Stars have scored 12 of their 24 goals in the season series during the third period... Omaha lost seven of its last 12 home games during the regular season; Iowa won five of its last six on the road... Knights coach Ryan McGill owns a 13-11 record in Calder Cup Playoff games, and led Hartford to the Eastern Conference finals in 2004.


Game 1 – Milwaukee at Chicago, 8:30
Lakeshore rivals Chicago and Milwaukee meet in the Calder Cup Playoffs for the second time in four years... The Admirals prevailed in six games in 2004 en route to the Calder Cup championship... Wolves forward Darren Haydar, the AHL’s MVP in 2006-07, has 73 points in 56 career Calder Cup Playoff games, all with Milwaukee from 2003-06... All-Star defenseman Ville Koistinen had nine points and a plus-7 rating in eight regular-season games vs. Chicago... The Admirals have won eight consecutive Game 1’s... Since joining the AHL in 2001-02, the Wolves have gone on to win all six playoff series in which they took Game 1.


Kelly Tomlinson, Wilkes-Barre Times-Leader
Dennis Bonvie isn’t planning his retirement. But at age 33, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton right wing is well aware that he’s closer to the end of his career than the beginning. That’s why Bonvie is likely to feel a greater sense of urgency at this time of year than most of his teammates. The AHL’s all-time leader in penalty minutes knows that this could be his last, best chance at the championship ring that’s eluded him for 13 seasons. “I’ve been runner-up a few times,” said Bonvie, who played in the Calder Cup finals with the Hamilton Bulldogs (1997) and the Penguins (2001). “That in itself was a lot of fun, but definitely not as much fun as we could have had. Fingers crossed, we’ll get it done this year, or at least get the opportunity to get it done.”


Dennis Bonvie's 93 Calder Cup Playoff games played are good for 13th on the AHL's all-time list, and most among active players.

Bruce Berlet, Hartford Courant
Nigel Dawes took some ribbing while standing in the Wolf Pack locker room Wednesday night looking like one of the Village People. Dawes wore the "2006-07 Playoff Drive Hard Hat Award," given to the star of the game as determined by a vote of the players. Dawes earned it with two goals and three assists in a 5-1 victory over Providence in the Atlantic Division semifinal opener, a far cry from early in the season. After being the Pack's second-leading goal scorer (35) as a rookie, Dawes, 22, started this season with the Rangers. Dawes, a fifth-round pick in 2003, scored his first NHL goal Oct. 21 in Toronto in a Hockey Night in Canada game, but he played only 53:54 in the first eight games and was scratched in seven of the next eight. In the game he did play, his ice time was 3:45.


Nigel Dawes was the Wolf Pack's leading scorer with 60 points in 65 games during the 2006-07 regular season.


Paul White, Virginian-Pilot
Must be playoff time for the Norfolk Admirals, who will visit Wilkes-Barre/Scranton tonight to begin their quest for the Calder Cup title. And the start of the best-of-seven first-round series means it's also Corey Crawford's time to establish himself as a game-changing goalie in the professional ranks. A case can be made that, in his second year with the Admirals, Crawford already has done just that. He finished the regular season with 38 victories, second in the AHL, and made a whopping 60 appearances. His teammates voted him and center Martin St. Pierre the Admirals' co-MVPs. Had they been allowed to pick just one Admiral, it's likely Crawford would have gotten the nod. "I can't imagine where we'd be without Corey," Admirals coach Mike Haviland said.


Second-year pro Corey Crawford was 38-20-2 with a 2.84 GAA, a .909 save percentage and one shutout in 60 appearances for Norfolk in the regular season.


Lisa Colonno, Des Moines Register
A recent burst of offense from the forward line of Chris Conner, Paul Szczechura and Junior Lessard helped propel the Iowa Stars into the Calder Cup playoffs. Now comes their true test. "We've clicked so far, but playoffs are the important part," Conner said. The Stars open their West Division semifinal series against the Western Conference champion Omaha Knights tonight at Omaha Civic Auditorium. The Knights made offense hard to come by for the Stars and everyone else this season, allowing the second-lowest goal total in the 27-team American Hockey League.


Junior Lessard was Iowa's leading scorer in 2006-07 and Chris Conner earned 11 games with the parent Dallas Stars... Paul Szczechura joined the club in March following his senior season at Western Michigan University.

Antoine Vermette, who had 16 points in 20 career Calder Cup Playoff games for the Binghamton Senators (2003, 2005), picked up a goal and assist last night as Ottawa eliminated Pittsburgh with a 3-0 win in Game 5.


Two-time AHL All-Star Miikka Kiprusoff, graduate of the 2000 Calder Cup Playoffs, made 33 saves as Calgary defeated Detroit, 3-2, in Game 4 of their Western Conference quarterfinal.


Mike Ribeiro, who tallied nine points 12 Calder Cup Playoff games for the Quebec Citadelles (2001, 2002), assisted on the winning goal in Dallas's 1-0 overtime win over Vancouver.


Ryan Getzlaf, who made his professional debut during the 2005 Calder Cup Playoffs, scored the winning goal as Anaheim beat Minnesota, 4-1, to win their best-of-seven series in five games.

8 – Seconds needed for Dennis Kassian to score the winning goal in the Buffalo Bisons' 2-1 overtime victory over the Springfield Kings on Apr. 26, 1970, in Game 2 of a three-team round-robin league semifinal series... It remains the fastest OT goal in Calder Cup Playoff history; Shane Willis's goal for Albany last night came 10 seconds into OT, and ranks second on the list.

April 20, 2002 – Current Iowa Stars defenseman Marty Wilford scores 9:29 into the second overtime period, giving Hartford a 3-2 win over Manchester in the winner-take-all Game 5 of their first-round series.

April 20, 2000 – Chris Kenady scores four goals and assists on two others to lead Hartford to a 7-2 win over Springfield in a decisive Game 5.

April 20, 1994 – Mike McHugh's goal 49 seconds into OT gives Hershey a 4-3 win and a four-game sweep of Rochester... It remains the Bears' only series victory over the Americans in seven tries all-time.

April 20, 1958 – Hershey wins its first of two consecutive Calder Cups, defeating Springfield, 2-1, in Game 6 of the Finals.

April 20, 1952 – Ray Hannigan scores at 16:08 of overtime, giving the Pittsburgh Hornets the Calder Cup championship with a 3-2 win over the Providence Reds in Game 6.


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