Tuesday, May 02, 2006

AHL Playoffs First Round

The first round of the AHL playoffs has completed. Here is a summary of the results.

Portland Pirates defeat Providence Bruins 4 games to 2

Portland had some of the highest scoring players in the first round in Zenon Konopka, Shane O'Brien and Maxim Kondratiev as the Ducks affiliate bested the Bruins farm squad.

Hartford Wolf Pack defeat Manchester Monarchs 4 games to 3

A hard fought series where Hartford saw big offensive contributions from Colby Genoway, Nigel Dawes and Alexandre Giroux. Manchester had Alexandre Daigle and Noah Clarke lead the way for their offence. The Rangers affiliate bested that of the Kings.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins defeat Bridgeport Sound Tigers 4 games to 3

Another hard fought seven game series. Dany Sabourin and Jonathan Filewich lead the way for the Pens affiliates from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Bridgeport, the Islanders affiliate, stayed close with the goaltending of Wade Dubielewicz.

Hershey Bears swept the Norfolk Admirals in four straight

Frederic Cassivi offered top goaltending and Tomas Fleischmann paced the Caps affiliate in Washington as they bested the Blackhawk affiliate in Norfolk.

Grand Rapids Griffins defeated Toronto Marlies 4 games to one.

The Red Wing affiliate Griffins were led by Jiri Hudler and a strong performance by backup goalie Drew Macintyre as they bested the Maple Leaf affiliates.

Manitoba Moose defeated Syracuse Crunch 4 games to 2

The Canuck affiliate Moose were led by strong goaltending from Wade Flaherty as they defeated the Blue Jackets affiliate.

Milwaukee Admirals defeated Iowa Stars 4 games to 3

A hard fought seven game series. Darren Haydar of the Predators affiliate in Milwaukee led the first round in scoring. Iowa, the Dallas affiliate, was led by Junior Lessard.

Houston Aeros swept the Peoria Rivermen in four straight.

Josh Harding provided strong goaltending for the Minnesota affiliate Aeros as they bested the St Louis Blues affiliate.

Crazy I went to school with Genoway, my parents told me he made a minor league team in Hartford. I didn't know it was the Rangers farm team though. Although with the Rangers dearth of secondary scoring maybe he'll get a shot at the bigs.
Colby Genoway does look like he is on track to play at least a few NHL games (and maybe have a career if he looks good in those games). Here are his stats so far.
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