INSIDE HOCKEY » AHL Get Inside! Wed, 01 Oct 2014 02:15:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Photo Gallery: Ice Caps @ Penguins (5/31/14) Mon, 02 Jun 2014 16:58:18 +0000

Eastern Conference Finals Game #5 was held in Wilkes-Barre, PA on Saturday 05/31/14 between the St. John’s Ice Caps and WBS Penguins.  At the 19:44 mark of the 3rd period, WBS Penguins Zach Sill scored the winning to defeat the Ice Caps by a score of 4-2. The Ice Caps lead the series 3 to 5 games.  The “3 Stars of the Game” were WBS Spencer Machacek, #2 WBS Chuck Kobasew, and #1 WBS Zach Sill.  Photos taken by Steve Rusyn for Inside Hockey.

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Photo Gallery: Ice Caps @ Penguins (05/29/14) Fri, 30 May 2014 16:59:08 +0000

  Game #4 of the Eastern Conference Finals between St. John’s Ice Caps and the WBS Penguins was held in Wilkes Barre, PA on 5/29/14.  At the 9:19 mark of the 3rd period STJ Josh Lunden scored the winning goal defeating WBS by a score of 2-1. The “3 Stars of the Game” were #3 STJ Michael Hutchinson, #2 WBS Peter Mannino, and #1 STJ Josh Lunden. Photos were taken by Steve Rusyn for Inside Hockey.

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Photo Gallery: AHL Bruins @ Penguins (5/19/14) Tue, 20 May 2014 12:02:13 +0000

  Eastern Conference Semi-Final Game #6 in Wilkes-Barre, PA, Providence Bruins Alexander Khokhlachev had 2 goals and 1 assist to give the Bruins a 4 to 1 win over the WBS Penguins. Series is now going into Game #7 which will be in Providence.  The “3 Stars of the Game” were #3 WBS Conor Sheary, #2 PRO Niklas Svedberg, #1 PRO Alexander Khokhlachev. Photos taken by Steve Rusyn for Inside Hockey.

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Photo Gallery: AHL Penguins @ Bruins (5/17/14) Mon, 19 May 2014 20:04:05 +0000

AHL Calder Cup Semifinals Game 5: Providence Bruins vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center

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Photo Gallery: WBS Penguins @ Providence Bruins 05/17/14 Mon, 19 May 2014 01:23:04 +0000

  In Providence, Rhode Island during Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals between Providence Bruins and WBS Penguins.  In the 3rd period the Penguins Anton Zlobin scored the winning goal at the 14:20 mark giving the Penguins a 3-2 win.  Penguins lead the series 3 games to 2 games.  The “3 Stars of the Game” were #3 PRO Tyler Randell, #2 WBS Anton Zlobin, #1 WBS Peter Mannino.  Photos taken by Steve Rusyn for Inside Hockey.

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Photo Gallery: AHL Bruins @ Penguins (5/10/14) Sun, 11 May 2014 15:53:48 +0000

  Game #2 of the Eastern Conference Semi-finals took place in Wilkes-Barre, PA on 05/10/14 between the Providence Bruins and the WBS Penguins.  The Penguins Anton Zlorin scored two goals and an assist to help his team beat the Bruins 6-1.  The Series is now tied at one game apiece. The “3 Stars of the Game”  #3 WBS Simon Despres, #2 WBS Tom Kostopoulas, #1 WBS Anton Zlorin.  Photos taken by Steve Rusyn for Inside Hockey.

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Wolves Fall Flat, Drop Both at Home Sun, 11 May 2014 15:51:39 +0000

The Chicago Wolves had been beyond sensational at Allstate Arena entering the postseason. Their pure dominance at home was the primary reason as to how Chicago captured the Western Conference’s second-seed, as well as home-ice advantage in each of the first two rounds of the playoffs. The Wolves closed the season 22-1-3-2 at Allstate Arena.

After winning two of three games at home in the opening round of the AHL playoffs, Chicago fell flat on consecutive nights at home and dug themselves a 2-0 hole against the Toronto Marlies in the Western Conference semifinals. Toronto took game two by a score of 4-2.

“We’ve got to do the same in their building,” said Shane Harper, who scored the first of Chicago’s two goals.

Much like the first game of the series, Toronto built an early lead and was able to extend. Just one minute, four seconds into the opening period, Carter Ashton forced a turnover in behind Wolves goaltender Jake Allen and got the puck to the front of the net where Peter Holland finished it off for the game’s first tally.

“We made some tremendous blunders early and it’s just so hard to come back from that,” said Wolves head coach John Anderson.

“They’ve got a really opportunistic team,” said defenseman Taylor Chorney. “We’ve got to limit our mistakes early in the game.”

Brandon Kozun fed Trevor Smith on the doorstep during a three-on-two rush to open up a two-goal advantage for Toronto and Josh Leivo roofed one past Allen to make it 3-0 before the end of the first frame.

A stronger second period for Chicago yielded no reward despite the Wolves slowing down the pace of the game and opting for a possession-oriented approach.

“We’ve got to find a way to do that to start the game,” said Chorney.

Again, much like in game one, Chicago was able to battle back and pull to within a goal of the Marlies in the third period.

Harper burst into the offensive zone after being sprung by Chorney pass through the neutral zone and finished top shelf past Marlies netminder Drew MacIntyre to get Chicago on the board.

“We needed one to jump us into attack mode,” said Harper.

Dmitrij Jaskin redirected a point shot on the power play with the net empty to make it a one-goal deficit, but the Wolves could not complete the comeback as Jerry D’Amigo put one into a vacated net to seal the game two victory for Toronto.

“We’ve just got to find a way to come out and fly in the first five minutes like we’ve been playing in the third periods,” said Chorney.

The series now heads to Toronto for the next three games with Chicago needing to take two in order to keep their playoff run alive.

“They showed it’s possible to go into an opposition’s building and win two games in a row,” said Chorney. “That’s something we have to take in Toronto.”

Chicago is 2-6 in series when dropping each of the first two games of the series.

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Photo Gallery: Bruins @ Penguins (5/09/14) Sat, 10 May 2014 12:29:51 +0000

Wilkes Barre, PA – In Game #1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, goaltender Niklas Svedberg stopped 20 shots to lead the Providence Bruins to a 4-0 shutout over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. The “3 Stars of the Game” were #3 – PRO Matt Lindblad, #2 PRO Alexander Khokhlachev, #1 PRO Niklas Svedberg.  Photos taken by Steve Rusyn for Inside Hockey

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Special Teams Mishaps Cue Game One Loss Sat, 10 May 2014 12:25:15 +0000

Special teams have seemed to dictate the Chicago Wolves’ success throughout this season, playoffs included. Friday night was a prime example of that as the Wolves failed to convert on three power play chances, including a crucial third period man-advantage with Chicago down two goals. The Wolves also surrendered two power play goals, both in the opening period, which allowed Toronto to build an early lead en route to a 5-2 victory at Allstate Arena in game one of the Western Conference semifinals.

“You can’t give them much, they’ve got too much firepower,” said Michael Davies, who scored Chicago’s second goal of the game. “We’ve just got to stay out the penalty box.”

The Marlies converted on two of their five power plays in the game. Chicago killed off just 70.4 percent of its penalties in round one of the playoffs after posting the league’s fourth-best penalty kill (85.6%) during the regular season.

Toronto scored early in the second frame to open up a three-goal advantage. However, a mid-second period spark from Christian Hanson allowed the Wolves to get back in it. Mark Cundari rifled a perfectly placed pass that caromed off the end boards to the front of the net and Hanson was there to clean it up and get Chicago on the board.

In tight along the side boards, Ty Rattie made a beautiful tap pass to Davies, who beat Marlies goaltender Drew MacIntyre to make it a one-goal deficit for the Wolves, but that was as close as they would get.

“We thought we still had a chance, but it was just too much to overcome,” said Wolves head coach John Anderson.

After Mark Cundari nearly tied the game in the opening minutes of the third period with a shot that ricocheted off the crossbar, the Marlies scored the game’s final two goals to seal away the game one victory on the road. Carter Ashton gave Toronto a two-goal lead when he whiffed on a breakaway from the blue line in, but had the puck redirect off Wolves goaltender Jake Allen’s stick and in.

“What are you going to do,” said Anderson.

Chicago and Toronto will see a 24-hour turnaround before facing off again in game two of the series Saturday night back at Allstate Arena.

“We’ve just got to come back tomorrow, stay within our systems, and keep the game five-on-five,” said Davies.

MacIntyre recorded 37 saves in the win for the Marlies.

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Late 2nd Period Surge Powers Wolves to Semis Mon, 05 May 2014 18:48:17 +0000

Following a 7-2 home loss in game four, Chicago Wolves head coach John Anderson was asked if he was nervous heading into an ensuing do-or-die game five situation against the Rochester Americans.

“We just got beat 7-2 at home, so I’m not nervous at all,” said Anderson sarcastically Friday night.

Those nerves were intensified in the decisive game five after Rochester held a 2-1 lead nearing the conclusion of the second frame.

After Shane Harper scored the opening goal of the game just a few minutes in, the Americans responded with the next two and grabbed the lead. Both Rochester tallies came via the power play.

However, a late-second period surge from the Wolves sprung Chicago back into the lead and into the Western Conference semifinals, where they will face the Toronto Marlies.

“Sometimes you have to go through a little hell to get to heaven,” said Anderson.

Brent Regner found a loose puck in the slot after Michael Davies lost the puck on a wraparound attempt and sniped it past Rochester goaltender Andrey Marakov for the equalizer. The power play tally came with two minutes, 32 seconds to play in the period.

With just 26 seconds to play in the frame, again on the man-advantage, Dmitrij Jaskin tapped home a centering pass from the side of the net to put Chicago ahead.

“Nobody cared on our team who was going to score that one,” said Jaskin. “We just tried to play for each other.” Jaskin’s power play tally proved to be the game-winner, his second of the series.

“They kind of had us on the ropes there,” said Regner. “The power play came up huge.”

From there, it was all Jake Allen for the Wolves. The AHL’s most outstanding goaltender made a crucial pad save on a one-time attempt at the side of the net with the Wolves on the penalty kill to preserve what was then a 3-2 lead for Chicago. It was an impressive rebound performance for Allen after surrendering five goals on 17 shots in game four.

“I told myself after that I wasn’t going to allow them to score again,” said Allen.

Taylor Chorney added an empty net goal with a tick over one minute to play in the game and was mobbed in front of the Chicago bench before time ran out.

“They gave us all we could handle,” said Allen. “We closed it down when we needed to and that’s all that matters.”

Chicago improved to 8-3 all-time in postseason elimination games with the win.

Game one between the second-seeded Wolves and third-seeded Marlies will take place Friday night at Allstate Arena. The two teams split the season series, with each game being decided by a single goal.

“We’re going to have our hands full there,” said Allen. “It’s going to be a challenge but I’m sure the boys will be ready.”

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