AHL Quick Fire April 25th
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
AHL Quick Fire
CCM Player Of The Week
No player of the week is officially awarded during the Calder Cup playoffs. Barnburner will continue the trend to name 1 player each week deserving of such honour.
This week, the most outstanding player is Texas Stars’ goaltender, Mike McKenna. The goaltender did not start the series, but came in relief in game 3, with a 44 saves effort, to win in double overtime. Mckenna stopped the 47 shots he faced in game 4 of the series to eliminate the Ontario Reign, stopping all 47 shots he faced. It’s a shutout streak of 132 minutes, good for a .957 save percentage.
On to the next round!
2 teams are advancing to the second round of the Calder Cup playoffs!
The Syracuse Crunch has swept the Rochester Americans, scoring at least 6 goals in their 3 games. Those 6 goals or more in 3 consecutive games is a feat not seen since the 1988 Hershey Bears. Syracuse has the top two point leaders on their squad with Mathew Peca being first with 8 points and Gabriel Dumont tied for second place with 6 points.
The Texas Stars have punched their ticket for the second round by blanking the Ontario Reign in game 4 of their series. Thanks to Mike Mckenna who stopped all 91 shots he faced since taking over the crease in relief during game 3.
Shown the door…
The Laval Rocket have fired head coach Sylvain Lefebvre after 6 seasons. Lefebvre coached the Montreal Canadien’s affiliate team in 3 different cities; the Hamilton Bulldogs, the St-John’s Ice Caps and the Laval Rocket. Lefebvre, ex-NHL player, can’t really complain about his firing since his teams only made the playoff once, and did not make it past the first round. Montreal has been heavily criticized for their lack of development in recent years and maybe they took the first step to address these critics.
Favourite candidates for the job are Joel Bouchard from the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada and Dominic Ducharme from the Drummondville Voltigeurs.