BY: Mitch Beck, Hartford Wolf Pack
The American Hockey League announced the match-ups and schedule for the second round of the Calder Cup playoffs. As you may or may not know, the teams are reseeded after the first round so that the top team plays the lowest team and the two middle teams meet.
The Hartford Wolf Pack entered the playoff chase as the number three seed in the Eastern Conference. They will face former Wolf Pack Kris Newbury and the Hershey Bears beginning Wednesday night in Hershey. They will play Game Two in Hershey on Friday night also starting at 7pm.
Then the odd part. Because the Ringling Brothers Circus will be in Hartford, the Pack are forced to play their first two home games in Worcester. Game Three is Sunday May 10th at 3 and then Monday May 11th at 7.
If the Best of Seven series goes to a game 5, that will be played Wednesday May 13th in Hershey starting at 7pm.
If there’s a Game Six, THEN the teams will meet in Hartford, on what is almost certainly going to be lousy ice, on Friday night, May 15th at 7. Should there be a Game Seven, that will come on Sunday May 17th in Hershey at 5pm.
So if you want to look at it in schedule form, here it is:
Eastern Conference Semifinals (best-of-7)
2-Hershey Bears vs. 3-Hartford Wolf Pack
Game 1 – Wed., May 6 – Hartford at Hershey, 7:00
Game 2 – Fri., May 8 – Hartford at Hershey, 7:00
Game 3 – Sun., May 10 – Hershey vs. Hartford, 3:00 (at Worcester, Mass.)
Game 4 – Mon., May 11 – Hershey vs. Hartford, 7:00 (at Worcester, Mass.)
*Game 5 – Wed., May 13 – Hartford at Hershey, 7:00
*Game 6 – Fri., May 15 – Hershey at Hartford, 7:00
*Game 7 – Sun., May 17 – Hartford at Hershey, 5:00
*if necessary… All times Eastern