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    icon115 2010-2011 American Hockey League

    Final Regular Season Standings

    ***************(I'll post the Eastern Conference tonight, with the Western Conference to follow tomorrow; I'll also post playoff matchups, and a list of of all current NHL-AHL affiliations).

    Stats are, from left to right, -

    Wins, losses, OT/SO losses, points (2 points for any win, 1 point for any OT/SO loss), goals for, goals against (All teams play 80 games)


    EASTERN CONFERENCE

    Atlantic Division

    1. PORTLAND PIRATES 47-24-9 103 pts. 280 gf, 238 ga

    2. MANCHESTER MONARCHS 44-26-10 98 pts. 255 gf, 209 ga

    3. CONNECTICUT WHALE 40-32-8 88 pts. 221 gf, 223 ga

    4. WORCESTER SHARKS 36-31-13 85 pts. 210 gf, 245 ga

    5. PROVIDENCE BRUINS 38-36-6 82 pts. 209 gf, 252 ga

    6. SPRINGFIELD FALCONS 35-40-5 75 pts. 233 gf, 253 ga

    7. BRIDGEPORT SOUND TIGERS 30-39-11 71 pts. 218 gf, 266 ga

    East Division

    1. WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON PENGUINS 58-21-1 117 pts. 261 gf, 183 ga

    2. HERSHEY BEARS 46-26-8 100 pts. 255 gf, 214 ga

    3. CHARLOTTE CHECKERS 44-27-9 97 pts. 265 gf, 243 ga

    4. NORFOLK ADMIRALS 39-26-15 93 pts. 265 gf, 230 ga

    5. BINGHAMTON SENATORS 42-30-8 92 pts. 255 gf, 221 ga

    6. SYRACUSE CRUNCH 35-38-7 77 pts. 217 gf, 249 ga

    7. ADIRONDACK PHANTOMS 31-39-10 72 pts. 197 gf, 248 ga

    8. ALBANY DEVILS 32-42-6 70 pts. 217 gf, 283 ga

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    WESTERN CONFERENCE

    North Division

    1. HAMILTON BULLDOGS 44-27-9 97 pts. 226 gf, 193 ga

    2. LAKE ERIE MONSTERS 44-28-8 96 pts. 223 gf, 206 ga

    3. MANITOBA MOOSE 43-30-7 93 pts. 220 gf, 210 ga

    4. ABBOTSFORD HEAT 38-32-10 86 pts. 186 gf, 212 ga

    5. TORONTO MARLIES 37-32-11 85 pts. 228 gf, 219 ga

    6. GRAND RAPIDS GRIFFINS 36-34-10 82 pts. 227 gf, 254 ga

    7. ROCHESTER AMERICANS 31-39-10 72 pts., 218 gf, 266 ga


    West Division

    1. MILWAUKEE ADMIRALS 44-22-14 102 pts., 226 gf, 194 ga

    2. HOUSTON AEROS 46-28-6 98 pts., 240 gf, 212 ga

    3. PEORIA RIVERMEN 42-30-8 92 pts., 223 gf, 218 ga

    4. TEXAS STARS 41-29-10 92 pts., 213 gf, 210 ga

    5. OKLAHOMA CITY BARONS 40-29-11 91 pts., 245 gf, 234 ga

    6. CHICAGO WOLVES 39-30-11 89 pts., 260 gf, 262 ga

    7. SAN ANTONIO RAMPAGE 40-33-7 87 pts., 228 gf, 245 ga

    8. ROCKFORD ICEHOGS 38-33-9 85 pts., 216 gf, 245 ga

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    AHL - NHL AFFILIATIONS:

    There are currently 30 AHL teams, and each is currently the top farm club for an NHL team.

    It was not always this way - some AHL clubs in the past were independent, or had affiliations with multiple NHL teams. Some NHL teams did not have their farm teams in the NHL, but rather had them in the old IHL (not the recent IHL which merged into the current Central League) or the old Central League (not the same league as the current Central League).

    Here are this season's affiliations:

    PORTLAND PIRATES (Buffalo Sabres)

    MANCHESTER MONARCHS (Los Angeles Kings)

    CONNECTICUT WHALE (New York Rangers)

    WORCESTER SHARKS (San Jose Sharks)

    PROVIDENCE BRUINS (Boston Bruins)

    SPRINGFIELD FALCONS (Columbus Blue Jackets)

    BRIDGEPORT SOUND TIGERS (New York Islanders)

    WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON PENGUINS (Pittsburgh Penguins)

    HERSHEY BEARS (Washington Capitals)

    CHARLOTTE CHECKERS (Carolina Hurricanes)

    NORFOLK ADMIRALS (Tampa Bay Lightning)

    BINGHAMTON SENATORS (Ottawa Senators)

    SYRACUSE CRUNCH (Anaheim Ducks)

    ADIRONDACK PHANTOMS (Philadelphia Flyers)

    ALBANY DEVILS (New Jersey Devils)

    HAMILTON BULLDOGS (Montreal Canadiens)

    LAKE ERIE MONSTERS (Colorado Avalanche)

    MANITOBA MOOSE (Vancouver Canucks)

    ABBOTSFORD HEAT (Calgary Flames)

    TORONTO MARLIES (Toronto Maple Leafs)

    GRAND RAPIDS GRIFFINS (Detroit Red Wings)

    ROCHESTER AMERICANS (Florida Panthers)

    MILWAUKEE ADMIRALS (Nashville Predators)

    HOUSTON AEROS (Minnesota Wild)

    PEORIA RIVERMEN (St. Louis Blues)

    TEXAS STARS (Dallas Stars)

    OKLAHOMA CITY BARONS (Edmonton Oilers)

    CHICAGO WOLVES (Atlanta Thrashers)

    SAN ANTONIO RAMPAGE (Phoenix Coyotes)

    ROCKFORD ICEHOGS (Chicago Blackhawks)

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    This is the American Hockey League's 75th season.

    The playoffs begin tomorrow, with the back-to-back defending Calder Cup champion Hershey Bears seeking their record twelfth Calder Cup. The Bears are the oldest AHL club, having joined the league in 1938. The next oldest club, the Rochester Americans, joined in 1956.

    The top threat to win the Cup this season is the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, the top team during the regular season. The Portland Pirates and Milwaukee Admirals also finished higher in the overall regular season standings than the Bears, who finished fourth overall in the AHL this season.

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    Playoff matchups, first round (all best-of-7; seedings in parenthesis)

    EASTERN CONFERENCE

    Atlantic Division Semifinals

    (A1) PORTLAND PIRATES vs. (A3) CONNECTICUT WHALE

    (A2) MANCHESTER MONARCHS vs. (E5) BINGHAMTON SENATORS

    Eastern Division Semifinals

    (E1) WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON PENGUINS vs. (E4) NORFOLK ADMIRALS

    (E2) HERSHEY BEARS vs. (E3) CHARLOTTE CHECKERS


    WESTERN CONFERENCE

    North Division Semifinals

    (N1) HAMILTON BULLDOGS vs. (W5) OKLAHOMA CITY BARONS

    (N2) LAKE ERIE MONSTERS vs. (N3) MANITOBA MOOSE

    West Division Semifinals

    (W1) MILWAUKEE ADMIRALS vs. (W4) TEXAS STARS

    (W2) HOUSTON AEROS vs. (W3) PEORIA RIVERMEN

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    April 13, 2011 scoreboard:

    Houston Aeros 4, Peoria Rivermen 1 (Houston leads series 1-0)

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    The AHL announced today that next season's schedule (2011-2012) is being reduced from 80 regular season games to 76 games, and the first round of the playoffs will be best-of-five instead of best-of-seven. The remaining playoffs rounds will stay best-of-seven. Teams will no longer ever have to play four games in five nights under the new scheduling. The idea is to reduce injuries, & give players more time to recuperate between games, leading to an even higher caliber of play and ultimately not harming their development.

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    April 14, 2011 scoreboard:

    Portland 3, Connecticut 2

    Portland jumped out to a 3-0 first period lead and held on for the win at home in the opening game of their series.

    Manchester 2, Binghamton 1

    Charlotte 5, Hershey 4

    Charlotte, in its first year in the AHL, took a hard-fought Game 1 win on the road against the two time defending Calder Cup champion Bears, who had more than 10,000 fans cheering for them.

    Hamilton 5, Oklahoma City 2

    Milwaukee 5, Texas 2

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    I wish this league got more coverage in Canada/USA because it is good hockey.

    Just got into work and I will be doing stats for the AHL playoff games tonight, looking forward to that. The WBS Penguins are looking strong this year, but of course Hershey has been an early favourite (as they always are!). Nice upset victory by Charlotte. Hope they can keep up the effort. Charlotte is going to rely heavily on Pogge.

    Would like to see the Calder Cup back in Canada this year.

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    Friday April 15 Scores

    Binghamton Senators 4 @ Manchester Monarchs 3 OT
    Series tied 1-1

    Norfolk Admirals 2 @ Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 1
    Norfolk leads series 1-0

    Peoria 2 @ Houston 3 OT
    Houston leads series 2-0
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    I was listening to the Bingo game on the radio in the car while driving to the cottage. Was 2-0 after 2, amazingly they came back to win it.
    It's fun hockey, i've taken a couple trips in the past to catch games, the quality of play is not bad at all.

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    The quality of play is "not bad"?!?

    The quality of play in the AHL is every bit as good as Elitserien, SM-Liiga, NLA, DEL, & the Czech Extraliga, and better than the Slovak Extraliga, Allsvenskan, EBEL, Belarus Extraliga, Russian Vyshaya Liga, and every other European league except for the KHL.

    The AHL's level of play is not far behind that of the KHL, and, as you know, AHL teams are competitive with NHL teams in exhibition games, sometimes winning them (and doing so with more frequency than non-Russian European pro teams, in fact).

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    April 16, 2011 scoreboard -

    PORTLAND PIRATES 3, CONNECTICUT WHALE 2 (OT)

    Portland leads series 2-0. Just like the parent NY Rangers, the Whale had regular season success against their playoff opponent, yet find themselves down 2 games. Like the parent Rangers, both games have been very close - but they just couldn't find a way to win either game.

    NORFOLK ADMIRALS 2, WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON PENGUINS 0

    Norfolk leads series 2-0. This is a major surprise, as WBS was by far the best team in the AHL during this past regular season, and the first two games of this series were in Wilkes-Barre.

    HAMILTON BULLDOGS 2, OKLAHOMA CITY BARONS 1

    Hamilton leads the series 2-0, and historically is a very strong playoff team.

    LAKE ERIE MONSTERS 6, MANITOBA MOOSE 4

    Series tied 1-1 with the next 2 games to take place in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

    One other game is currently in the third period, with the Texas Stars leading the Milwaukee Admirals 3-1.

    EDIT: Texas defeated Milwaukee 3-1 to even their series at one game each.
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    Scores from the past two days:


    Connecticut 3, Portland 1

    Portland leads 2 games to 1.

    Video highlights:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4Ca6...eature=related


    Manitoba 3, Lake Erie 2 (OT)

    Manitoba leads 2 games to 1.


    Hershey 4, Charlotte 2

    The two-time defending champs bounced back to even their series at 1 game each.

    Video highlights:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ohq5rRLXUaM


    Manchester 5, Binghamton 4 (OT)

    Manchester leads 2 games to 1.


    Houston 5, Peoria 3

    Houston leads series 3-0 and has St. Louis' farm team on the brink of elimination.

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    Even though Portland lost, my university's former top scorer Mark Voakes scored and seems to be playing well! Ive interviewed and talked to him countless times...nice to see him doing well.

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    I really want Charlotte to win their series, but Hershey is such a strong team. Great playoffs so far. Wish some games were broadcasted on national TV.

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    Hershey beat Charlotte 3-2 to take a 2 games to 1 series lead.

    Connecticut beat Portland 3-1 to even their series at 2 games each.

    Video highlights show a lot of Norwegian star Mats Zuccarello-Aasen, who had just joined the Whale for this game on assignment from the parent New York Rangers.....here's the link -

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X8kUpqjjGzc

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    More April 19, 2011 scores -

    Manchester 6, Binghamton 3 (Game was tied 3-3 after two periods; Manchester leads series 3 games to 1)

    Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 2, Norfolk 1 (The home team has not won a game in the series; Norfolk leads the series 2 games to 1)

    Oklahoma City 2, Hamilton 0 (The home team has won every game in the series; Hamilton leads series 2 games to 1)

    Houston 2, Peoria 1 (Houston sweeps series 4 games to none)

    Lake Erie 2, Manitoba 1 (Lake Erie won despite being outshot 40-19; series tied 2-2)

    Texas 3, Milwaukee 2 (OT) (Texas leads series 2 games to 1)
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    April 20, 2011 scores -

    Charlotte 3, Hershey 2 (Series tied 2-2)

    Binghamton 5, Manchester 4 (OT) (Manchester leads series 3-2, but Binghamton avoids elimination on its home ice)

    Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 4, Norfolk 2 (Series tied 2-2; the home team has not won a single game yet)

    Oklahoma City 5, Hamilton 2 (Series tied 2-2; the home team has won every game so far)

    Milwaukee 3, Texas 2 (Series tied 2-2)

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    April 21, 2011 scores -

    Portland 5, Connecticut 4 (Portland leads series 3-2; the home team has won every game in the series so far)

    Lake Erie 6, Manitoba 3 (Lake Erie leads series 3-2)
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    From www.theahl.com -

    "Staring at the prospect of a 3-2 series deficit with the final two games to be played in Hershey, Charlotte roared back from a 3-0 deficit with five unanswered goals – including four in the third period – to claim a stunning 5-3 win over the Bears in Game 5 of the teams’ East Division semifinal on Friday at Time Warner Cable Arena. "

    The two-time defending Calder Cup champions are now on the verge of elimination at the hands of a first-year AHL franchise.

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    The Binghamton Senators forced a deciding Game 7 in their series with the Manchester Monarchs by winning Game 6 by a 2-1 score in double OT, despite being outshot 52-45.

    B-Sens rookie goalie Robin Lehner (who played for the Swedish National Jr. team the past couple of years) made 51 saves in a rock-solid performance.

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    Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 2, Norfolk 1

    WBS now leads the series 3-2........the home team has not won a single game in the series as the series now shifts back to the Penguins' home arena for any remaining games.

    Hamilton 2, Oklahoma City 0 (Hamilton leads series 3-2; this was the first time the road team claimed a win in the series)

    Manitoba 2, Lake Erie 0 (Manitoba forces a decisive Game 7)

    Milwaukee 2, Texas 1 (OT) (Milwaukee leads series 3-2)

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    April 23, 2011 scoreboard -

    Portland 6, Connecticut 4

    The Pirates rallied from a 2-0 deficit at the start of the second period, exploding for 4 second period goals to win on the road and eliminate the Whale, 4 games to 2.


    Binghamton 6, Manchester 5 (OT)

    The B-Sens pull off a stunner on the road in Game 7 to advance past the more powerful Monarchs, 4 games to 3.


    Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 6, Norfolk 3

    The Penguins rallied from a 2-0 series deficit to win 4 straight, finally winning a game at home, and the AHL's top team during the regular season eliminated the Admirals 4 games to 2.

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    Manchester was leading the seires 3 games to 1, to lose the last two games at home.
    Binghamton got all 4 of their wins in overtime. Grant, Daugavins, Kinrade and Potulny being the four heroes.

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    The Senators became just the second team in AHL history to win four OT games in one series, the 16th club to successfully come back from a 3-1 series deficit, and the sixth to win Games 6 and 7 of a series on the road. The series was also the first one in the 75-year history of the AHL to see Games 5, 6 and 7 all go to overtime.

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    The Charlotte Checkers, in their first year in the AHL, defeated the Hershey Bears 2-1 in OT on the road, eliminating the two-time defending Calder Cup champions 4 games to 2.

    The Manitoba Moose, behind Swedish goaltender Eddie Lack's strong play, beat the Lake Erie Monsters 3-1 to force a decisive seventh game in their series.

    The Hamilton Bulldogs beat the Oklahoma City Barons 4-1, getting 2 goals from Nigel Dawes, to eliminate OKC 4 games to 2.

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    The AHL offers those interested the chance to watch (for free) highlights from every game of the 2011 Calder Cup playoffs. Go to www.ahllive.com and click on the "highlights" tab to watch.

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    Manitoba eliminated the Lake Erie Monsters with a 4-1 win in the decisive seventh game of their series.

    The Moose win the series 4-3 and advance to the second round.

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    AHL Quarterfinal matchups (the favorite is listed first) -

    WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON PENGUINS vs. CHARLOTTE CHECKERS

    HAMILTON BULLDOGS vs. MANITOBA MOOSE

    PORTLAND PIRATES vs. BINGHAMTON SENATORS

    MILWAUKEE ADMIRALS vs. HOUSTON AEROS

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    The Binghamton Senators are a huge underdog to the Portland Pirates, but they won Game 1 by a 3-2 score on April 27, 2011, outplaying the favorites in Portland, Maine.

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    April 28, 2011 scoreboard -

    Binghamton Senators 5, Portland Pirates 3

    Binghamton again shocked the heavily favored Pirates in Portland, Maine - winning 5-3 to seize a 2-0 series lead despite getting outshot 46-26 and trailing 2-0 in the second period. B-Sens goalie Robin Lehner was outstanding, and the junior goalie has been a star for the B-Sens.


    Hamilton Bulldogs 4, Manitoba Moose 1

    In a matchup of Canadian AHL clubs, the Bulldogs dominated the Moose in Game 1 in all areas of the contest.


    Charlotte Checkers 3, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 2

    Charlotte knocks off the AHL's #1 regular season team in Game 1 of their series, despite being outshot 30-19.

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    April 29, 2011 -

    Milwaukee Admirals 3, Houston Aeros 1

    Milwaukee leads series 1-0.

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    April 30, 2011 scores:


    Portland Pirates 3, Binghamton Senators 2

    Binghamton leads series 2-1; the home team has not won a game in the series yet.


    Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 3, Charlotte Checkers 0

    Series tied 1-1

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    Had a chance to chat with Mr. Andrews during Game 1 of the ADF... As always, he was very gracious and had plenty to say.

    Chat with AHL President Dave Andrews
    Published on: 3rd May, 2011 by Chris Roy

    Link>>>>

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    I am working the AHL boxscores tonight and Portland is taking it to Binghamton 6-2, end of 2nd period. Should mention that this game is in Binghamton tonight!

    Hoping Manitoba can pull out a win tonight!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MaineHockeyJournal View Post
    Had a chance to chat with Mr. Andrews during Game 1 of the ADF... As always, he was very gracious and had plenty to say.

    Chat with AHL President Dave Andrews
    Published on: 3rd May, 2011 by Chris Roy

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    Good questions, thanks for sharing. Glad the league is reducing the schedule, I wish the NHL would do the same. But we all know the NHL owners would freak at the thought of losing ticket revenue.

    Really looking forward to all the off-season news with the potential relocation of the Moose and new NHL affiliations.

    Noticed that Kassian is in the line up with the Pirates tonight (just finished season with Windsor Spitfires of OHL). He has a lot of potential.

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    May 1, 2011 scores -

    Hamilton 4, Manitoba 2 (Hamilton leads series 2-0)

    Houston 2, Milwaukee 0 (Series tied 1-1)


    May 2, 2011 scores -

    Charlotte 2, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 1 (OT) (Charlotte leads series 2-1)

    Binghamton 6, Portland 1 (Binghamton leads series 3-1)


    May 3, 2011 scores-

    Portland 6, Binghamton 2 (The Pirates stay alive; Binghamton leads the series 3-2)

    Milwaukee 5, Houston 3 (Milwaukee leads series 2-1)

    Manitoba 5, Hamilton 4 (Hamilton leads series 2-1)


    May 4, 2011 scores -

    Charlotte 1, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 0 (Charlotte leads series 3-1 and has the AHL's #1 regular season team on the brink of elimination)

    Manitoba 2, Hamilton 1 (double OT) (Series tied 2-2)


    May 5, 2011 scores-

    Houston 3, Milwaukee 2 (OT) (Series tied 2-2)


    May 6, 2011 scores -

    Binghamton 3, Portland 0 (Binghamton continues its unlikely run of playoff upsets, with the "B-Sens" eliminating the Pirates 4 games to 2)

    Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 1, Charlotte 0 (Charlotte leads series 3-2)

    Hamilton 5, Manitoba 1 (Hamilton leads series 3-2)

    Houston 3, Milwaukee 2 (OT) (Houston leads series 3-2)

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    Charlotte - Wilkes/Barre-Scranton Game 4 highlights:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVL3s0saNIQ

    Charlotte - Wilkes/Barre-Scranton Game 5 highlights (mostly interviews):

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7MvSyk2T8M

    Binghamton - Portland Game 1 highlights:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWtQMZCTXfk

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    Here is an overview of the top AHL free agents this off-season:

    http://www.ctwhale.com/default.asp?c...=59&objId=1365

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    The Charlotte Checkers trailed Wilkes-Barre Scranton 3-0 in the third period tonight in Wilkes-Barre, but exploded for four unanswered third period goals to shock the top-seeded, AHL regular season champion Penguins, winning the game 4-3 and the series 4 games to 2.

    This sets up an AHL Eastern Conference finals (i.e., one half of the AHL semi-finals) between Charlotte and the Binghamton Senators - neither of which anyone in their right mind would have predicted to make the conference finals!
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    May 8, 2011 scores -

    Manitoba 1, Hamilton 0 (Series tied 3-3)

    Milwaukee 5, Houston 4 (OT) (Series tied 3-3)

    Both series in the Western Conference go to a decisive seventh game.....look at all of the OT games, and lower seeded teams pulling upsets! Great competitive balance in the AHL.

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    Moose season (and franchise??) finished

    Longest Game 7 in American Hockey League history last night! 3 hours and 52 minutes (3OT) to complete this game. Bulldogs won 2-1, shots were 57-30 for Hamilton.

    Bulldogs advance and the Moose are left to wonder what their future is.

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    I've heard that the Moose will move elsewhere in Canada if Winnipeg returns to the NHL and therefore displaces them. Saskatoon was mentioned as a possible destination.

    Here are some highlights from that awesome Bulldogs-Moose Game 7, featuring mostly a bunch of great saves:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrzTKMMzgx8

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    The Houston Aeros defeated the Milwaukee Admirals 4-2 in Game 7 to win their series 4-3.

    Houston takes on Hamilton for the Western Conference title, while two underdogs meet for the Eastern Conference title in Charlotte and Binghamton.

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    Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals saw Binghamton beat Charlotte 7-4 to take a 1-0 series lead, despite being outshot 40-22. Binghamton led 4-3 after a wild first period in which the shots were 12-12.

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    May 13, 2011 -

    Binghamton 3, Charlotte 0

    The B-Sens won both games on the road to start the series and head home in command, leading the series 2-0. Robin Lehner posted the shutout for the Senators.


    Houston 2, Hamilton 1

    The Aeros lead the series over the Bulldogs 1-0. Aeros goalie Matt Hackett made 38 saves in the win.

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    The Rochester Americans are the AHL's second oldest club (behind the Hershey Bears), having begun play in the 1956-1957 season. They have won six Calder Cups and lost in the finals ten times. They are the only AHL club to have competed in the Spengler Cup tournament (where they finished in 3rd place the one year they competed).

    Rochester, being in close proximity to Buffalo, was the Sabres' farm club from 1979-1980 through 2007-2008.

    Now, the Sabres are in negotiations to purchase the Rochester Americans, which would re-establish the historical connection between the two clubs and ensure that the Americans become, and stay, the Sabres' farm club for a long time to come.

    The sale would require the approval of the AHL's Board of Governors.

    In addition, the Sabres have an affiliation contract with their current AHL farm club (whom they do not own), the Portland Pirates, which runs through 2013-2014 and does not include an escape clause.

    Therefore, the Sabres would be forced to find an NHL partner for the Pirates whom the Pirates find acceptable, and on terms that the Pirates find acceptable, in order to escape from the current contract.

    No price has been quoted. Terrence Pegula, the current Sabres owner, bought the NHL club for U.S. $189 million last year, and also donated U.S. $88 million to his alma mater, Penn State, to allow them to upgrade their hockey program from ACHA D.I to NCAA D.I.

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    May 15, 2011 scoreboard -

    Houston Aeros 3, Hamilton Bulldogs 2

    Houston leads series 2-0.


    May 17, 2011 scoreboard -

    Binghamton Senators 7, Charlotte Checkers 1

    The B-Sens are on the verge of making their first Calder Cup Finals appearance in their history, routing the Checkers despite being outshot 38-32, and taking a 3-0 series lead.

    Houston Aeros 3, Hamilton Bulldogs 2

    Every game has been a one-goal contest, but Houston has won them all to seize a commanding 3-0 series lead.

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    It was a pretty exciting game to listen to on the radio tonight, Bingo had solid goaltending to keep them in the game until the 3-1 goal (shorthanded by Zack Smith, who also scored the second and sixth Sens goals for the hattie) pretty much blew it wide open.
    Justin Pogge stepped in after the fifth Binghamton goal, only to let in the first shot he faced.

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