Article By: Nate Haeni
05/14/2012 12:50 PM - Rockford, Ill. – As the quest for the 2012 Calder Cup continues, the final four field is set with the four top seeds in the American Hockey League advancing to the Conference Finals.
The St. John’s IceCaps moved on to the Eastern Conference Finals on Saturday night after knocking off the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins with a 3-2 victory in game 7 to take the series 4-3. The IceCaps now move on to meet the Eastern Conference’s top seed in the Norfolk Admirals.
Norfolk reeled off 28 straight wins heading into the Calder Cup playoffs and then knocked off the Manchester Monarchs in four games (3-1) and the Connecticut Whale in six games (4-2) to reach the Eastern Conference Finals.
The Western Conference Finals will see another one and two seed matchup with the Oklahoma City Barons facing off against the Toronto Marlies.
The West’s best team in the Oklahoma City Barons battled their way through the Houston Aeros in four games (3-1) and San Antonio Rampage in five games (4-1) to reach the conference finals.
The Marlies, led by Jerry D’Amigo’s league best six goals, swept the Rochester Americans in three games (3-0) before ousting Abbotsford 4-1 to get to their matchup with Oklahoma City.
Every game throughout the course of the 2012 Calder Cup Playoffs can be viewed on the web through AHLlive.com.
The following is schedule of the Conference Finals with both series getting underway on Thursday.
Eastern Conference Finals – Series “M” (best-of-7)
1-Norfolk Admirals [TB] vs. 2-St. John’s IceCaps [WPG]
Game 1 - Thurs., May 17 - St. John’s at Norfolk, 7:15 ET
Game 2 - Sat., May 19 - St. John’s at Norfolk, 8:00 ET
Game 3 - Mon., May 21 - Norfolk at St. John’s, 6:00 ET
Game 4 - Tue., May 22 - Norfolk at St. John’s, 6:00 ET
*Game 5 - Sat., May 26 - Norfolk at St. John’s, 6:00 ET
*Game 6 - Tue., May 29 - St. John’s at Norfolk, 7:15 ET
*Game 7 - Wed., May 30 - St. John’s at Norfolk, 7:15 ET
Western Conference Finals – Series “N” (best-of-7)
1-Oklahoma City Barons [EDM] vs. 2-Toronto Marlies [TOR]
Game 1 - Thurs., May 17 - Toronto at Oklahoma City, 8:00 ET
Game 2 - Fri., May 18 - Toronto at Oklahoma City, 8:00 ET
Game 3 - Mon., May 21 - Oklahoma City at Toronto, 3:00 ET
Game 4 - Wed., May 23 - Oklahoma City at Toronto, 7:00 ET
*Game 5 - Fri., May 25 - Oklahoma City at Toronto, 7:00 ET
*Game 6 - Mon., May 28 - Toronto at Oklahoma City, 8:00 ET
*Game 7 - Wed., May 30 - Toronto at Oklahoma City, 8:00 ET