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The 2018 Calder Cup playoffs of the American Hockey League began on April 19, 2018, with the playoff format that was introduced in 2016. The sixteen teams that qualified, eight from each conference, played best-of-five series in the division semifinals, with the playoffs continuing with best-of-seven series for the division finals, conference finals, and Calder Cup finals.

A Division finals game between the Lehigh Valley Phantoms and the Charlotte Checkers became the longest game in AHL history by going 86:48 into overtime when Alex Krushelnyski of the Phantoms scored the winning 2–1 goal. The game started at 7:03 pm on May 9 and ended at 1:09 am on May 10. The Checkers had 95 shots on goal and Alex Lyon would finish with 94 saves, while Alex Nedeljkovic would finish with 51 saves on 53 shots. The previous record of 82:58 into overtime was set in 2008, also between the AHL affiliates of the Philadelphia Flyers and the Carolina Hurricanes.[1]

The Toronto Marlies won their first Calder Cup, beating the Texas Stars four games to three in the finals.

Playoff seedsEdit

After the 2017–18 AHL regular season, 16 teams qualified for the playoffs. The top four teams in each division ranked by points percentage (points earned divided by points available) qualify for the 2018 Calder Cup Playoffs.[2] The Toronto Marlies were the first team to clinch a playoff spot and went on to claim the regular season title with four games remaining.

Eastern ConferenceEdit

Atlantic DivisionEdit

  1. Lehigh Valley Phantoms – 104 points (.684)
  2. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins – 99 points (.651)
  3. Charlotte Checkers – 96 points (.632)
  4. Providence Bruins – 95 points (.625)

North DivisionEdit

  1. Toronto Marlies– 112 points (.737)
  2. Syracuse Crunch – 100 points (.658)
  3. Rochester Americans – 91 points (.599)
  4. Utica Comets – 88 points (.579)

Western ConferenceEdit

Central DivisionEdit

  1. Chicago Wolves – 95 points (.625)
  2. Grand Rapids Griffins – 93 points (.612)
  3. Manitoba Moose – 92 points (.605)
  4. Rockford IceHogs – 88 points (.579)

Pacific DivisionEdit

  1. Tucson Roadrunners – 90 points (.662)
  2. Texas Stars – 90 points (.592)
  3. Ontario Reign – 79 points (.581)
  4. San Jose Barracuda – 76 points (.559), 33 ROWs

BracketEdit

  Division semifinals Division finals Conference finals Calder Cup final
                                     
A1  Lehigh Valley 3  
A4  Providence 1  
  A1  Lehigh Valley 4  
  A3  Charlotte 1  
A2  Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 0
A3  Charlotte 3  
  A1  Lehigh Valley 0  
Eastern Conference
  N1  Toronto 4  
N1  Toronto 3  
N4  Utica 2  
  N1  Toronto 4
  N2  Syracuse 0  
N2  Syracuse 3
N3  Rochester 0  
  N1  Toronto 4
  P2  Texas 3
C1  Chicago 0  
C4  Rockford 3  
  C4  Rockford 4
  C3  Manitoba 0  
C2  Grand Rapids 2
C3  Manitoba 3  
  C4  Rockford 2
Western Conference
  P2  Texas 4  
P1  Tucson 3  
P4  San Jose 1  
  P1  Tucson 1
  P2  Texas 4  
P2  Texas 3
P3  Ontario 1  



Division semifinals Edit

Note 1: Home team is listed first.
Note 2: Higher-seeded team had the choice of games 1, 2, and 5 at home or games 3, 4, and 5 at home.

Eastern Conference Edit

(A1) Lehigh Valley Phantoms vs. (A4) Providence Bruins Edit

Lehigh Valley won series 3–1


(A2) Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins vs. (A3) Charlotte Checkers Edit

Charlotte won series 3–0


(N1) Toronto Marlies vs. (N4) Utica Comets Edit

Toronto won series 3–2


(N2) Syracuse Crunch vs. (N3) Rochester Americans Edit

Syracuse won series 3–0


Western Conference Edit

(C1) Chicago Wolves vs. (C4) Rockford IceHogs Edit

Rockford won series 3–0


(C2) Grand Rapids Griffins vs. (C3) Manitoba Moose Edit

Manitoba won series 3–2


(P1) Tucson Roadrunners vs. (P4) San Jose Barracuda Edit

Tucson won series 3–1


(P2) Texas Stars vs. (P3) Ontario Reign Edit

Texas won series 3–1


Division finals Edit

Note: Home team is listed first.

Eastern Conference Edit

(A1) Lehigh Valley Phantoms vs. (A3) Charlotte CheckersEdit

Lehigh Valley won series 4–1


(N1) Toronto Marlies vs. (N2) Syracuse Crunch Edit

Toronto won series 4–0


Western Conference Edit

(C3) Manitoba Moose vs. (C4) Rockford IceHogsEdit

Rockford won series 4–0


(P1) Tucson Roadrunners vs. (P2) Texas StarsEdit

Texas won series 4–1


Conference finals Edit

Note: Home team is listed first.

Eastern Conference Edit

(N1) Toronto Marlies vs. (A1) Lehigh Valley PhantomsEdit

Toronto won series 4–0


Western Conference Edit

(P2) Texas Stars vs. (C4) Rockford IceHogsEdit

Texas won series 4–2


Calder Cup Finals Edit

Note: Home team is listed first.

(N1) Toronto Marlies vs. (P2) Texas StarsEdit

Toronto won series 4–3


Playoff statistical leadersEdit

Leading skatersEdit

These are the top ten skaters based on points. If there is a tie in points, goals take precedence over assists.[3]

GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/– = Plus-minus; PIM = Penalty minutes

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Johnsson, AndreasAndreas Johnsson Toronto Marlies 16 10 14 24 4
McKenzie, CurtisCurtis McKenzie Texas Stars 22 11 9 20 27
DiDomenico, ChrisChris DiDomenico Rockford IceHogs 13 7 11 18 22
Moore, TrevorTrevor Moore Toronto Marlies 20 6 11 17 4
Dowling, JustinJustin Dowling Texas Stars 22 4 13 17 2
Smith, BenBen Smith Toronto Marlies 20 7 9 16 0
Mueller, ChrisChris Mueller Toronto Marlies 20 4 12 16 6
Morin, TravisTravis Morin Texas Stars 22 7 8 15 16
Flynn, BrianBrian Flynn Texas Stars 22 6 9 15 6
Grundstrom, CarlCarl Grundstrom Toronto Marlies 20 8 6 14 14

Leading goaltenders Edit

This is a combined table of the top five goaltenders based on goals against average and the top five goaltenders based on save percentage with at least 240 minutes played. The table is initially sorted by goals against average, with the criterion for inclusion in bold.[4]

GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; SA = Shots against; GA = Goals against; GAA = Goals against average; SV% = Save percentage; SO = Shutouts; TOI = Time on ice (in minutes)

Player Team GP W L SA GA GAA SV% SO TOI
Lyon, AlexAlex Lyon Lehigh Valley Phantoms 11 6 5 449 25 1.98 .944 0 757:59
Nedeljkovic, AlexAlex Nedeljkovic Charlotte Checkers 8 4 4 234 19 2.11 .919 1 540:44
Hill, AdinAdin Hill Tucson Roadrunners 9 4 5 258 20 2.12 .922 2 566:04
Sparks, GarretGarret Sparks Toronto Marlies 19 14 5 497 42 2.22 .915 2 1134:20
Delia, CollinCollin Delia Rockford IceHogs 10 7 3 340 26 2.34 .924 0 666:42
McKenna, MikeMike McKenna Texas Stars 22 14 8 752 55 2.41 .927 2 1371:00
Demko, ThatcherThatcher Demko Utica Comets 5 2 3 191 14 2.69 .927 0 312:23

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

Preceded by
2017 Calder Cup playoffs
Calder Cup playoffs
2018
Succeeded by
2019 Calder Cup playoffs
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