Saturday's Morning Skate 5/2

Saturday, May 2, 2015
Kasperi Kapanen and Barry Goers warming up in Syracuse before Wednesday's Game Three win.
The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins resume practice this afternoon at the Toyota SportsPlex and are giving out free hot dogs (I'm serious, hot dogs) to those who attend the practice.

The Penguins don't know who their for round two is yet, but they will after tonight's Game Five between Manchester and Portland. If Manchester holds on and wins the series, the Penguins will play Manchester in the next round. If Portland does the unthinkable and pulls off the upset of the top seed in the East, then the Penguins will play Hartford in round two. Either way, the Penguins will be on the road for Games 1 & 2 in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference Semifinals.

After the jump, a look at last night's action and a look ahead to Saturday's playoff games in the AHL.

Worcester - 4 at Hershey - 10 (HER wins series 3-1)

In Hershey, the Bears made a statement in their 10-4 series deciding win in Game Four - scoring early and often in a big win to advance them to the second round, where they wait to see their opponent in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

Chris Brown opened the scoring 24 seconds into the contest and the Bears went up 3-0 early, never looking back and finishing the night with 10 goals. Casey Wellman led the way with four points (3G-1A), while Nate Schmidt (0G-3A), Cameron Schilling (1G-2A), Tim Kennedy (1G-2A) and Jakub Vrana (1G-2A) all tallied three points each.

Dylan DeMelo led Worcester with a goal and an assist, but the Sharks came up short in what was their final game as an AHL franchise on the East Coast. San Jose's AHL affiliate is one of five teams heading to California for the 2015-16 season.

Providence - 3 at Hartford - 4 (OT) (HFD wins series 3-2)

A hard-fought first round series came to an end in overtime of the final game as the Hartford Wolfpack rallied to tie things up in the final minute of regulation before Tommy Hughes sent the WolfPack and their home crowd into a frenzy.

Oscar Lindberg had a game-high three assists and Yann Danis stopped 38 of 40 shots in the win for Hartford, while Seth Griffith paced Providence with two assists and Jeremy Smith stopped 39 of 42 in the season-ending loss for the PBruins.

Still waiting on the Manchester/Portland series outcome to determine the WolfPack's 2nd round opponent, but the WolfPack will either play Hershey or W-B/Scranton in the next round.

Other Scores

Chicago - 4 at Utica 3 (OT) - Series tied 2-2

Saturday's Playoff Schedule

Portland at Manchester, 7:00 p.m. ET (Series tied 2-2)
Chicago at Utica, 7:00 p.m. ET (Series 2-2)
Toronto at Grand Rapids, 7:00 p.m. ET (TOR leads 2-1)


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