by PuckStopsHere on 05/04/14 at 10:24 PM ET
The first round of the AHL playoffs completed today. It was a best of five series for all the teams involved. Here is a summary of the results:
Norfolk Admirals beat Manchester Monarchs three games to one. Norfolk is the Anaheim Ducks farm team and Manchester belongs to Los Angeles. This was a close series; each Norfolk victory was a one goal win. Maxime Sauve led the Norfolk offence as their only player to score two goals. Sami Vatanen led their defence and had a team leading three assists. John Gibson had a strong performance in their goal. Andy Andreoff and Jordan Weal led the Manchester offence. Jean-Francois Berube manned their goal.
Providence Bruins defeat Springfield Falcons three games to two. Providence is Boston's farm team and Springfield belongs to Columbus. Seth Griffon and Ryan Spooner led the Providence offence. Joe Morrow led their defence. Niklas Svedberg was their top goalie. Ryan Craig and Carter Camper led their offence. Patrick McNeill led their defence. Mike McKenna did most of their goaltending.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins defeat Binghamton Senators three games to one. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is Pittsburgh's farm team and Binghamton is Ottawa's. The Penguins offence was led by Chuck Kobasew and Andrew Ebbett. Brian Dumoulin led their defence. Peter Mannino was their goaltender. Stephane Da Costa and Mark Stone led the Binghamton offence. Patrick Mullen was solid on defence. Andrew Hammond struggled in the Binghamton goals.
St John's Ice Caps defeat Albany Devils three games to one. St John's is Winnipeg's AHL affiliate and Albany is New Jersey's affiliate. Andrew Gordon led the St John's offence. Zach Redmond led their defence. Michael Hutchinson had an excellent series in goal posting a .952 saves percentage. Defenceman Jon Merrill was as strong as any Albany player. Keith Kinkaid was solid in their goal.
Texas Stars sweep Oklahoma City Barons in three games straight. Texas is Dallas's affiliate. Oklahoma City belongs to Edmonton. Justin Dowling and Travis Morin led the Texas offence. Derek Meech led their defence. Cristopher Nilstorp did most of their goaltending. Austin Fyten and Anton Lander were the only Oklahoma City players to manage two points. Richard Bachman was their goaltender.
Chicago Wolves defeat Rochester Americans three games to two. Chicago is St Louis's farm affiliate and Rochester belongs to Buffalo. Dmitrij Jaskin leads the playoffs in scoring with seven points. Keith Aucoin has also helped the Chicago offence with Brent Regner leading their defence. Jake Allen was their top goaltender. Rochester's offence was led by Joel Armia and Luke Adam. Chad Ruhwedel led their defence. Andrey Makarov was their goaltender.
Toronto Marlies swept Milwaukee Admirals in three games straight. The Marlies and the Toronto Maple Leafs affiliate. Milwaukee belongs to Nashville. This series was very one-sided. Jerry D'Amigo and Trevor Smith led the Toronto offence. TJ Brennan led their defence. Drew MacIntyre had a strong series posting a .955 saves percentage. Defenceman Brian Rodney was the only Milwaukee player to post three points. Marek Mazanec was their goaltender.
Grand Rapids Griffins defeat Abbotsford Heat three games to one. Grand Rapids is Detroit's minor league affiliate and Abbotsford belongs to Calgary. Teemu Pulkkinen and Jeff Hoggan led the Grand Rapids offence. Nathan Paetsch led their defence. Petr Mrazek was their goaltender. Markus Granlund and Max Reinhart led the Abbotsford offence. Joni Ortio did most of their goaltending.
In the second round, Norfolk meets St John's, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton meets Providence, Texas meets Grand Rapids and Chicago meets Toronto.
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