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The 2015 Calder Cup playoffs of the American Hockey League began on April 22, 2015, with the playoff format that was introduced in 2012. The sixteen teams that qualified, eight from each conference, will play best-of-five series in the conference quarterfinals, with the playoffs to continue with best-of-seven series for the conference semi-finals, conference finals, and Calder Cup finals. The Manchester Monarchs defeated the Utica Comets in five games to win the Calder Cup for the first time in franchise history, and the last prior to their relocation as the Ontario Reign.

Playoff seedsEdit

After the 2014–15 AHL regular season, 16 teams qualified for the playoffs. The top eight teams from each conference qualifies for the playoffs.

Eastern ConferenceEdit

Atlantic DivisionEdit

  1. Manchester Monarchs – 109 points
  2. Providence Bruins – 91 points
  3. Worcester Sharks – 88 points
  4. Portland Pirates – 87 points

Northeast DivisionEdit

  1. Hartford Wolf Pack – 95 points
  2. Syracuse Crunch – 92 points

East DivisionEdit

  1. Hershey Bears – 100 points
  2. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins – 97 points

Western ConferenceEdit

West DivisionEdit

  1. San Antonio Rampage – 98 points
  2. Texas Stars – 94 points
  3. Oklahoma City Barons – 90 points

Midwest DivisionEdit

  1. Grand Rapids Griffins – 100 points
  2. Rockford IceHogs – 99 points
  3. Chicago Wolves – 87 points

North DivisionEdit

  1. Utica Comets – 103 points
  2. Toronto Marlies – 89 points

BracketEdit

  Conference quarterfinals Conference semifinals Conference finals Calder Cup Final
                                     
1  Manchester 3     1  Manchester 4  
8  Portland 2     4  W-B/Scranton 1  


2  Hershey 3 Eastern Conference
7  Worcester 1  
    1  Manchester 4  
  3  Hartford 0  
3  Hartford 3  
6  Providence 2  
4  W-B/Scranton 3   2  Hershey 2
5  Syracuse 0     3  Hartford 4  


  E1  Manchester 4
(Pairings are re-seeded after the first round.)
  W1  Utica 1
1  Utica 3     1  Utica 4
8  Chicago 2     6  Oklahoma City 3  
2  Grand Rapids 3
7  Toronto 2  
  1  Utica 4
  2  Grand Rapids 2  
3  San Antonio 0  
6  Oklahoma City 3   Western Conference
4  Rockford 3   2  Grand Rapids 4
5  Texas 0     4  Rockford 1  
  • During the first three rounds home ice is determined by seeding number, not position on the bracket. In the Finals the team with the better regular season record has home ice.

Conference quarterfinals Edit

Note 1: All times are in Eastern Time (UTC-4).
Note 2: Game times in italics signify games to be played only if necessary.
Note 3: Home team is listed first.

Eastern Conference Edit

(1) Manchester Monarchs vs. (8) Portland Pirates Edit

Manchester wins series 3–2


(2) Hershey Bears vs. (7) Worcester Sharks Edit

Hershey wins series 3–1


(3) Hartford Wolf Pack vs. (6) Providence Bruins Edit

Hartford wins series 3–2


(4) Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins vs. (5) Syracuse Crunch Edit

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton wins series 3–0


Western Conference Edit

(1) Utica Comets vs. (8) Chicago Wolves Edit

Utica wins series 3–2


(2) Grand Rapids Griffins vs. (7) Toronto Marlies Edit

Grand Rapids wins series 3–2


(3) San Antonio Rampage vs. (6) Oklahoma City Barons Edit

Oklahoma City wins series 3–0


(4) Rockford IceHogs vs. (5) Texas Stars Edit

Rockford wins series 3–0


Conference semifinals Edit

Eastern Conference Edit

(1) Manchester Monarchs vs. (4) Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Edit

Manchester wins series 4–1


(2) Hershey Bears vs. (3) Hartford Wolf Pack Edit

Hartford wins series 4–2


*The games scheduled for May 10 and May 11 were played at DCU Center due to the lack of availability at XL Center.

Western Conference Edit

(1) Utica Comets vs. (6) Oklahoma City Barons Edit

Utica wins series 4–3


(2) Grand Rapids Griffins vs. (4) Rockford IceHogs Edit

Grand Rapids wins series 4–1


Conference finalsEdit

Eastern Conference Edit

(1) Manchester Monarchs vs. (3) Hartford Wolf Pack Edit

Manchester wins series 4–0


Western Conference Edit

(1) Utica Comets vs. (2) Grand Rapids Griffins Edit

Utica wins series 4–2


Calder Cup FinalsEdit

Manchester Monarchs vs. Utica CometsEdit

Manchester wins Calder Cup 4–1


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.[1]

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

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Mersch, MichaelMichael Mersch align=left|Manchester Monarchs 18 13 9 22 8
Weal, JordanJordan Weal align=left|Manchester Monarchs 19 10 12 22 16
O'Neill, BrianBrian O'Neill align=left|Manchester Monarchs 19 10 10 20 12
O'Reilly, CalCal O'Reilly align=left|Utica Comets 23 2 17 19 4
Pulkkinen, TeemuTeemu Pulkkinen align=left|Grand Rapids Griffins 16 14 4 18 22
Shore, NickNick Shore align=left|Manchester Monarchs 19 4 14 18 2
Backman, SeanSean Backman align=left|Manchester Monarchs 19 5 12 17 8
Bourque, ChrisChris Bourque align=left|Hartford Wolf Pack 15 4 13 17 12
Lindberg, OscarOscar Lindberg align=left|Hartford Wolf Pack 15 3 13 16 6
Baertschi, SvenSven Baertschi align=left|Utica Comets 21 8 7 15 6

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 180 minutes played. The table is initially sorted by goals against average, with the criterion for inclusion in bold.[2]

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
Bachman, RichardRichard Bachman Oklahoma City Barons 9 5 4 322 15 1.55 .953 0 580:35
Copley, PheonixPheonix Copley Hershey Bears 5 3 1 130 7 1.83 .946 0 229:08
Smith, JeremyJeremy Smith Providence Bruins 3 1 2 87 6 1.96 .931 0 183:19
Markstrom, JacobJacob Markstrom Utica Comets 23 12 11 682 51 2.11 .925 2 1449:40
Binnington, JordanJordan Binnington Chicago Wolves 5 2 3 194 12 2.16 .938 0 333:15

ReferencesEdit

  1. Top Scorers - 2015 Playoffs. AHL (April 24, 2015).
  2. Top Goalies - 2015 Playoffs. AHL. Retrieved on April 27, 2015.
Preceded by
2014 Calder Cup playoffs
Calder Cup playoffs
2015
Succeeded by
2016 Calder Cup playoffs
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