Hershey playoff update: Bears vs. Hartford Wolf Pack in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, series tied 2-2
Game 5 - Wed. May 13 at Hershey 7:00 p.m.
Game 6 - Fri. May 15 at Hershey 7:00 p.m.
Game 7 - Sun. May 17 at Hershey 5:00 p.m.
After four games, the Hershey Bears find themselves deadlocked with the Hartford Wolf Pack at two games apiece.
The Bears have been without Stanislav Galiev the entire series as he continues to recover from an upper-body injury suffered in the first round against Worcester. He has returned to practice, but in a non-contact jersey and there is no word yet on when he may be ready to return to the lineup.
Hershey's offense took another blow prior to Game 4 as the team's leading scorer in the playoffs, Nate Schmidt, was recalled by the Washington Capitals on Monday as a precaution for Tim Gleason. Based on the practice pairings on Tuesday it seems as if Gleason will be ready for Game 7, but Schmidt traveled with the team to New York and remains unavailable to the Bears.
Schmidt currently leads Hershey in points this postseason with three goals and five assists.
In other AHL news, the league is going to look very different next season as the league announced formalized its division realignment to include the Pacific Division. Starting with the 2015-16 season, the AHL will feature two conferences with two divisions each. Like the NHL, two divisions will feature eight teams while the other two will feature seven. Hershey will be in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference. The new playoff format and schedule will not be finalized until the summer.
Other prospect notes:
The South Carolina Stingrays have advanced to the ECHL Eastern Conference Finals after defeating the Florida Everblades in six games. Caps prospect Caleb Herbert had four assists in the series and is now tied for third on the team in the playoffs with eight total.
Madison Bowey is only one win away from adding a ring to his gold medal this year, as the Kelowna Rockets took a commanding 3-0 series lead against the Brandon Wheat Kings in the WHL Championship Series. Bowey currently has two assists in the series.