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Cavs Aren’t the Only Ones in the Playoffs; Monsters Face IceHogs in AHL Central Division Semi-Finals

While the Cavaliers play their Central Division rival, the Detroit Pistons, the Lake Erie Monsters begin a best-of-five game series against their own division rival, the Rockford IceHogs in Round One of the AHL Playoffs, the Central Division Semi-Finals.

The Monsters begin their playoff quest for the Calder Cup on Wednesday Night in Game One at Rockford.

Lake Erie (43-22-6-5) begins the series on the road, but holds home ice advantage in the series, as the IceHogs (40-22-10-4) will host the first two games and then games 3,4, and 5 if necessary will be played at Quicken Loans Arena.

Here are the dates and times for the games:

Game 1: Lake Erie @ Rockford Wednesday, April 20, 8 PM ET
Game 2: Lake Erie @ Rockford Thursday, April 21, 8 PM ET
Game 3: Rockford @ Lake Erie Saturday, April 23, 7 PM ET
Game 4: Rockford @ Lake Erie Monday, April 25, 7 PM ET
Game 5 (if necessary): Rockford @ Lake Erie Thursday, April 28, 7 PM ET

The winner of the series moves on to face the winner of the #1 Milwaukee Admirals vs. #4 Grand Rapids Griffins in the Central Division Championship, which is a best-of-seven game series.

Lake Erie and Rockford played each other eight times in the regular season and the home team won every game.

Fans can listen to Game One on ESPN WKNR 850 AM or watch live at AHL Live.

Matt Medley is co-editor at NEO Sports Insiders, covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Indians and high school sports in Northeast Ohio. Follow @MedleyHoops on Twitter for live updates from games.

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