About five minutes after the dust settled on Mark Van Guilder’s game winner in double overtime, the American Hockey League announced the schedule for the West Division Finals, pitting top seed Milwaukee vs. second seed Houston. Again the series will be a 2-3-2 affair with games in Milwaukee wrapped around the three in Texas.
Here is the specifics (all times central):
West Division Final – Series “L” (best-of-7)
W1-Milwaukee Admirals vs. W2-Houston Aeros
Game 1 – Fri., Apr. 29 – Houston at Milwaukee, 7:00
Game 2 – Sun., May 1 – Houston at Milwaukee, 5:00
Game 3 – Tue., May 3 – Milwaukee at Houston, 7:05
Game 4 – Thu., May 5 – Milwaukee at Houston, 7:05
*Game 5 – Fri., May 6 – Milwaukee at Houston, 7:35
*Game 6 – Sun., May 8 – Houston at Milwaukee, 5:00
*Game 7 – Tue., May 10 – Houston at Milwaukee, 7:00
The schedule sets up well, with only one back-to-back date (Games 4 and 5 in Houston). Also, there are no two-day breaks in the schedule, so this series should seem a little more compact than the Admirals’ first round clash against Texas.
Later today I will briefly preview the matchups for the finals of the East and Atlantic Divisions, and Wednesday morning I will have a full breakdown of Milwaukee vs. Houston. Stay tuned!
So Roundtable, what are your thoughts on the schedule? Will it benefit or favor either team?