Carolina Hurricanes’ fans cannot forget there will be hockey playoffs in North Carolina. Our Canes’ family to the west, the Charlotte Checkers, ended the season third in their division with 97 points, which sealed a spot in the Calder Cup playoffs. They were a mere three points behind their first round competition, the second seed Hershey Bears.
Zach Boychuk, Chris Terry, and Jacob Micflikier all made the top twenty scorers list in the AHL. Boychuk claimed 22 goals and 43 helpers. Terry earned an impressive 34 goals and 30 assists. Micflikier rounded out the terrific trio with 29 goals and 32 assists.
Checkers Man of the Year, Mike Murphy, also represents the top twenty in his category. The currently injured goalie racked an impressive 0.919 save percentage, only allowing 91 goals on 1120 shots this season. Charlotte fans are all cheering for his quick recovery.
I have convinced myself I have a kinship with the OSU alumn Zac Dalpe, so I feel compelled to mention his streak during my birthday week (which is just seven days after his by the way). The fellow (temporary) Ohioan gained six goals and three assists from November 6th-12th. Not too shabby.
The playoffs kickoff in Pennsylvania next week. Below is the first round schedule. Full preview to be posted on Wednesday. See you Charlotte Caniacs!
LET’S GO CHECKERS!
Game 1: Thursday, April 14 at Hershey, 7:00 p.m.
Game 2: Sunday, April 17 at Hershey, 5:00 p.m.
Game 3: Tuesday, April 19 at Charlotte, 7:00 p.m. – Time Warner Cable Arena
Game 4: Wednesday, April 20 at Charlotte, 7:00 p.m. – Time Warner Cable Arena
*Game 5: Friday, April 22 at Charlotte, 7:00 p.m. – Time Warner Cable Arena
*Game 6: Sunday, April 24 at Hershey, 5:00 p.m.
*Game 7: Monday, April 25 at Hershey, 7:00 p.m.
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