Hershey playoff update: Bears face the Hartford Wolf Pack in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, defeated Worcester Sharks 3-1 in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
Game 1 - Wed. May 6 at Hershey, 7:00 p.m.
Game 2 - Fri. May 8 at Hershey, 7:00 p.m.
Game 3 - Sun. May 10 in Worcester, Mass., 3:00 p.m.
Game 4 - Mon. May 11 in Worcester, Mass., 7:00 p.m.
Game 5 (if necessary) - Wed. May 13 at Hershey 7:00 p.m.
Game 6 (if necessary) - Fri. May 15 at Hartford 7:00 p.m.
Game 7 (if necessary) - Sun. May 17 at Hershey 5:00 p.m.
The Hershey Bears advanced to the Eastern Conference Semifinals after an emphatic 10-4 win over Worcester in Game 4.
The game devolved into a shooting gallery as Casey Wellman scored three goals and an assist and four other Hershey players--Nate Schmidt, Cameron Schilling, Tim Kennedy and Jakub Vrana--registered three points apiece.
It was a particularly big night for Vrana as he scored his first career AHL goal. The young winger streaked into the offensive zone with the puck and tucked a beautiful wrister off the far post and into the net.
— Chocolate Hockey (@ChocHockey) May 2, 2015
In the four-game series, defenseman Cameron Schilling led the team with five points and 15 Bears registered at least one point in the first round
Fresh off his recent stint in Washington, Philipp Grubauer returned to Hershey to start Game 4. Though he was credited with the win, he suffered an upper-body injury in the second period and was replaced by Pheonix Copley for the start of the third. He is considered day-to-day, but said Sunday that he is “ready to go” according to Tim Leone of The Patriot News.
With the Game 4 win, Grubauer is now one of only five goalies in history to win an AHL and NHL playoff game in the same year.
Stanislav Galiev also suffered an upper-body injury in Game 4 after taking a slash in the second period. The play was egregious enough that it earned the offender, Evan Trupp, a five-minute major and a game misconduct.
Galiev did not practice on Tuesday and is considered doubtful for Game 1 in the team’s next series.
Hershey now moves on to face the Hartford Wolfpack in a series that will pit the affiliates of the Caps and New York Rangers against one another. Because of a scheduling conflict, Games 3 and 4 will be played in Worcester, Mass rather than in Hartford. The series will return to Hartford for Game 6 should it be required.
Game 1 is on Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m.
Other prospect notes:
The South Carolina Stingrays advanced to the second round of the ECHL playoffs after being taken to seven games by the Reading Royals. The Stringrays battled back from a 2-0 deficit in the third period of Game 7 to advance.
The Stingrays now sit one win away from advancing to the conference finals as they hold a 3-0 series lead over the Florida Everblades.
Caps prospect Caleb Herbert has six assists through 10 playoff games.
In the WHL battle between Caps prospects Madison Bowey and Blake Heinrich, Bowey’s Kelowna Rockets emerged victorious winning their series over the Portland Winterhawks in six games.
Kelowna trailed 3-0 in Game 6, but Bowey's two goals helped spark a comeback as Kelowna earned the 8-4 victory. He is now fourth on the team in points this postseason with seven goals and nine assists.
Blake Heinrich finished the postseason with three goals and two assists in 17 games.
Kelowna now advances to face the Brandon Wheat Kings in the WHL Finals. Both teams have only lost three games thus far in the postseason. The series begins on Friday.