Every morning during these playoffs, the American Hockey League releases a "Morning Skate" news update, recapping the prior night's events and previewing the current day's games. Here are some notes from the May 15th Morning Skate, found here
|Through 18 games played between the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and the Hershey Bears during 2015-16, each team won nine. The team scoring first has won each game.|
|Through 36 all-time playoff games played between WBS and Hershey, each team won 18.|
Each team has won three playoff series against the other.
|As of the morning of May 15, Hershey was 8-8 all-time in Game 7, tied with the Rochester Americans for the most Game 7 wins in AHL history; WBS was 6-2 all-time in Game 7, with one of those losses to Hershey in 2009.|
Expected #WBSPens Lines:— Mike O'Brien (@MikeOBrienWBS) May 15, 2016
Expected #WBSPens D-Pairings:— Mike O'Brien (@MikeOBrienWBS) May 15, 2016
Travis Boyd rendered this irrelevant.
The Hershey Bears now advance to the Eastern Conference finals, where they await the winner of the outstanding North Division finals between the Albany Devils and Toronto Marlies, which as of this writing is tied 3-3 with Game 7 scheduled for Monday, May 16.
The WBS Penguins and their supporters, meanwhile, are left to ponder yet another second-round playoff exit, the ninth time in 14 chances they have failed to advance past their second series. We are left to celebrate a roller coaster ride of a season, which started with 18 wins in 23 games before Mike Sullivan was promoted to Pittsburgh and ended with their 11th consecutive regular season of 40 or more wins and their 14th straight playoff appearance.
Most painfully, perhaps, we are left to wonder "what could have been", with the aforementioned Sullivan leading a team that, during a 4-0 win on December 11 in Lehigh Valley, featured Kevin Porter, Bryan Rust, Tom Kuhnhackl, Scott Wilson, Oskar Sundqvist, Conor Sheary, Derrick Pouliot, and Matt Murray. Sullivan was promoted to Pittsburgh the next morning, and none of those players featured for WBS in their final game of the season.
Which is kinda the point. Right?