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From the Charlotte Observer

New Charlotte Checkers goaltender just might save their season. So far, so good

 

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the Checkers acquired Tom McCollum from the Stockton Heat on March 8.

And through his first seven games, McCollum has delivered.


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Chex playoff quest stumbles

Checkers Drop Overtime Decision in Cleveland by Paul Branecky

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Former Checker Zac Dalpe came back to haunt his old club with an overtime goal that gave his Cleveland Monsters a 3-2 win and a narrow lead in the Central Division playoff race.

 

The teams meet again Thursday, when Charlotte will have an opportunity to reclaim that spot.

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Former Checker Zac Dalpe came back to haunt his old club with an overtime goal that gave his Cleveland Monsters a 3-2 win and a narrow lead in the Central Division playoff race.

Aleksi Saarela, a Carolina Hurricanes prospect making his North American debut, and Patrick Dwyer, who added a shorthanded tally, scored for Charlotte

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A Couple of games help the Chex cause

Checkers Top Cleveland, Move Back into Playoff Position Written by Paul Branecky

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Connor Brickley, Andrew Miller, Philip Samuelsson and Danny Kristo all scored for the Checkers, who took three out of a possible four points in their two-game trip to Ohio.

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OBXer, in acquiring this goalie Tom McCollum, what does that mean exactly? I'm assuming that act doesn't put him in the Canes' system, as it was just "on loan from Stockton", but was unsure as we seem to be floundering in the goalie pipeline?

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So in 3 games in Charlotte, Saarela has 3 goals, 2 assists, and is a +6.  Definitely a small sample size and i'm not saying he's next year's 1C, but if he can keep some semblance of this going, he's definitely worth adding to our conversations about future prospects.

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3 hours ago, KJUNKANE said:

OBXer, in acquiring this goalie Tom McCollum, what does that mean exactly? I'm assuming that act doesn't put him in the Canes' system, as it was just "on loan from Stockton", but was unsure as we seem to be floundering in the goalie pipeline?

 

A good question Kjun and don't have the answer. I think it is just to help the Chex but I guess you have to check his status next season and all the ins and outs of a  player on loan. If he helps get the Chex to the playoffs it will be worth it in my opinion even if he is only short term.

 

2 hours ago, realmdrakkar said:

So in 3 games in Charlotte, Saarela has 3 goals, 2 assists, and is a +6.  Definitely a small sample size and i'm not saying he's next year's 1C, but if he can keep some semblance of this going, he's definitely worth adding to our conversations about future prospects.

 

Another prospect to watch. Gotta love it

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Even though they are in 10th place, the Checkers are only .005 points out of a playoff spot and only .007 points out of 7th. Going to be a tight race as they go down the stretch. Checkers play last place San Antonio tonight at the Bojangles Coliseum in Charlotte!

Today's Standings:

Western Conference GP W L OTL SOL PTS PCT ROW GF GA STK P10 PIM
1 x - San Jose Barracuda 62 41 14 2 5 89 0.718 40 217 160 3-0-0-1 7-2-0-1 894
2 x - San Diego Gulls 62 40 17 3 2 85 0.685 37 203 159 2-0-0-0 7-3-0-0 850
3 x - Grand Rapids Griffins 69 43 21 1 4 91 0.659 41 235 174 0-3-0-0 5-4-0-1 723
4 x - Chicago Wolves 71 40 19 7 5 92 0.648 38 236 189 1-0-0-0 4-2-2-2 894
5 Milwaukee Admirals 70 41 23 3 3 88 0.629 39 212 199 1-0-0-0 7-3-0-0 1150
6 Ontario Reign 62 33 19 10 0 76 0.613 31 182 173 0-1-0-0 4-4-2-0 866
7 Cleveland Monsters 70 35 28 3 4 77 0.550 29 180 188 2-0-0-0 8-2-0-0 909
8 Bakersfield Condors 62 31 25 5 1 68 0.548 30 184 169 1-0-0-0 6-4-0-0 665
9 Stockton Heat 62 31 25 4 2 68 0.548 30 192 175 4-0-0-1 7-2-0-1 1104
10 Charlotte Checkers 69 35 29 5 0 75 0.543 32 186 192 0-1-0-0 7-2-1-0 740
11 Iowa Wild 69 31 30 6 2 70 0.507 28 162 182 0-2-0-0 3-7-0-0 781
12 Texas Stars 70 31 34 1 4 67 0.479 28 208 241 0-1-0-0 4-5-0-1 994
13 Tucson Roadrunners 63 26 30 7 0 59 0.468 23 168 219 0-2-0-0 2-7-1-0 1045
14 Rockford IceHogs 70 24 34 9 3 60 0.429 18 164 225 2-0-0-0 3-6-1-0 932
15 Manitoba Moose 70 25 36 4 5 59 0.421 23 179 227 0-2-0-0 2-7-0-1 998
16 San Antonio Rampage 69 25 37 5 2 57 0.413 23 166 216 0-5-0-0 3-5-1-1

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Hopper, we can simplify that. From the AHL site:

The top four teams in each of the AHL’s four divisions as ranked by points percentage (points earned divided by points available) will qualify for the 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs.

 

The 4th spot in the Central essentially comes down to Charlotte or Cleveland, both of whom play 76 games, so you can look at it from the more familiar points total perspective as compared to points percentage. We'd almost certainly win the tiebreaker if we ended up tied with Cleveland. 

 

  Central Division GP W L OTL SOL PTS PCT ROW GF GA STK P10 PIM
1 x - Grand Rapids Griffins 69 43 21 1 4 91 0.659 41 235 174 0-3-0-0 5-4-0-1 723
2 x - Chicago Wolves 71 40 19 7 5 92 0.648 38 236 189 1-0-0-0 4-2-2-2 894
3 Milwaukee Admirals 70 41 23 3 3 88 0.629 39 212 199 1-0-0-0 7-3-0-0 1150
4 Cleveland Monsters 70 35 28 3 4 77 0.550 29 180 188 2-0-0-0 8-2-0-0 909
5 Charlotte Checkers 69 35 29 5 0 75 0.543 32 186 192 0-1-0-0 7-2-1-0 740
6 Iowa Wild 69 31 30 6 2 70 0.507 28 162 182 0-2-0-0 3-7-0-0 781
7 Rockford IceHogs 70 24 34 9 3 60 0.429 18 164 225 2-0-0-0 3-6-1-0 932
8 Manitoba Moose 70 25 36 4 5 59 0.421 23 179 227 0-2-0-0 2-7-0-1 998

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Checkers reclaim playoff spot

Aleksi Saarela, Andrew Miller Star as Checkers Defeat San Antonio by Nicholas Niedzielski

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Propelling the Checkers’ offense as they have over the last week were the team’s hottest offensive weapons, Andrew Miller and Aleksi Saarela. Miller unloaded a quick wrister from straight ahead in the slot to give the Checkers an early lead in a dominant first, then found his Finnish linemate in the third to put the home squad back on top. For his fifth goal in five nights, Saarela ripped a cannon of a shot over the shoulder of Rampage netminder Spencer Martin and into the top corner to negate San Antonio’s equalizer from minutes before. The Checkers would tack on one more courtesy of a Haydn Fleury point blast and that would enough, securing the 3-1 victory.

 

The win, coupled with Cleveland's overtime loss to Iowa, put the Checkers back in playoff position with six games remaining in their regular season.

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Chex are officially in 4th even though Cleveland has 1 more point. But they need to cash in their magic bean with at least a regulation tie to stay that way.

 

  Central Division GP W L OTL SOL PTS PCT ROW GF GA STK P10 PIM
1 x - Grand Rapids Griffins 70 43 22 1 4 91 0.650 41 236 177 0-4-0-0 5-5-0-0 729
2 x - Chicago Wolves 71 40 19 7 5 92 0.648 38 236 189 1-0-0-0 4-2-2-2 894
3 x - Milwaukee Admirals 70 41 23 3 3 88 0.629 39 212 199 1-0-0-0 7-3-0-0 1150
4 Charlotte Checkers 70 36 29 5 0 77 0.550 33 189 193 1-0-0-0 7-2-1-0 757
5 Cleveland Monsters 71 35 28 4 4 78 0.549 29 181 190 2-0-1-0 8-1-1-0 917
6 Iowa Wild 70 32 30 6 2 72 0.514 29 164 183 1-0-0-0 3-7-0-0 789
7 Manitoba Moose 71 26 36 4 5 61 0.430 24 182 228 1-0-0-0 3-6-0-1 1006
8 Rockford IceHogs 70 24 34 9 3 60 0.429 18 164 225 2-0-0-0 3-6-1-0 932
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Checkers won again tonight. 5-2. Further pushing for the playoffs!

Former Hurricane Patrick Dwyer picks up a hattie tonight! And Wallmark(1g 2a) and Di Giuseppe(3a) both had 3 point nights

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http://www.gocheckers.com/game-recaps/checkers-top-texas-in-final-regular-season-home-game

Chex win 3-1 to go 1 point up on Cleveland. Both teams have 3 left to play, but Chex play all 3 on the road against the top 2 teams in their division (who happen to be fighting for 1st in the division, so presumably will be playing to win).  Cleveland plays their last 3 at home, and 2 of them are against one of the bottom teams in the league.

 

On the plus side, Chex own the tiebreaker.  

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#7 Checkers have 3 very tough games coming up. Two at Grand Rapids and the finale at Chicago.

Grand Rapids just got help as the Red Wings re-assigned 8 players back to them.

 

#8 Cleveland has 2 left. both home games against Manitoba.

 

#9 Stockton has 3 games left. All home games against Ontario, Bakersfield and Tucson.

 

Going to be a run to the finish line!

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hopper, Stockton doesn't figure into it as far as the Chex are concerned.  Unlike last year, this year the AHL is taking the top 4 teams from each Division, then bracketing the Divisions together so each Division will have a team in the semi-finals..

http://theahl.com/qualification-rules

Cleveland definitely has a much easier schedule left.  And it's a shame how the season broke; Cleveland played Grand Rapids yesterday and took 2 points from them in a shootout.  If those 8 players from Detroit were released a day earlier the result would likely have been different.:mad:  But, the Chex are ahead, so they do control their own fate at this point.  And they do own the tiebreaker, so just have to tie Cleveland in order to get that last playoff spot. 

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Chex news

 

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Apr 10

[NEWS] The have assigned Sergey Tolchinsky to Charlotte.

Additionally, the Checkers have released draft pick Hudson Elynuik from his ATO.

Since he returned from injury on 1/27, only 3 players in the AHL have scored more points than Andrew Miller (31 pts in 31 gms)

 

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Looks like this race is going down to the wire

Checkers Pick Up A Point In Shootout Loss To Griffins by Nicholas Niedzielski

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In a tight defensive battle, the Checkers were able to earn a point in the standings, but dropped the contest to Grand Rapids 2-1 in a shootout.

 

the Checkers are now tied at 84 with the Cleveland Monsters for the fourth and final Central Division playoff spot. Both teams have two games remaining on their schedule

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Chex are tied with Cleveland but could be viewed as 1 point up since they own the tiebreaker. BUT Cleveland finishes with 2 games at home against 66 point Manitoba while Chex finish with 2 on the road against Grand Rapids and Chicago, both sitting at 96 points.  Chex control their fate, but the odds do seem stacked against them.

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