|Madison Bowey might have crossed the line in Friday night's Game Four. Photo: Nina Weiss/The Home News|
The Lake Erie Monsters swept the Ontario Reign to advance to the Calder Cup Finals as the representative from the Western Conference, but the Eastern Conference Finals haven't been settled yet thanks to Toronto Marlies' 5-0 win in Game Four Friday night to avoid being swept by the Hershey Bears.
The American Hockey League has an interesting decision to make with Bears defenseman Madison Bowey, who was not only ejected after delivering a questionable hit on Marlies' forward Kasperi Kapanen but also reportedly used a homophobic slur on his way off the ice.
In the NHL Playoffs this year, Chicago Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw was suspended for one postseason contest for use of a homophobic slur. The major penalty for elbowing and the slur, if proven one was used, should see Bowey on the shelf for at least two games.
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Sunday 5/29: Hershey at Toronto - 3:00 p.m. ET (HER leads series 3-1)
Friday's Eastern Conference Finals Action
Hershey - 0 at Toronto - 5 (HER leads series 3-1)
With their season on the line, the Toronto Marlies forced a Game Five with a dominant 5-0 shutout of Hershey Friday night at the Ricoh Coliseum.
After William Nylander tallied a pair of goals, one late in the first period and another late in the second period, the Marlies power play broke the game open in third period - tallying three man advantage goals in the final frame including two goals 25 seconds apart. Nylander completed the hat trick with 4:03 left in regulation to complete the 5-0 final.
Josh Leivo and former Hershey Bears defenseman Connor Carrick also tallied goals for Toronto in the win, who got a 18-save shutout performance from Antoine Bibeau one game after being pulled in the Marlies' 8-2 loss in Game Three.
The Marlies still have their backs against the wall, down 3-1 in the best-of-seven series, but have another chance this afternoon to push the series back to Hershey for Game Six.