In spite of losing to Chicago on Sunday, the Charlotte Checkers have qualified for the AHL playoffs for the first time since the 2013.
At the beginning of the day, Charlotte just needed one point against the Chicago Wolves to grab the final spot in the Calder Cup playoffs.
They took a 3-1 lead in the 3rd period but gave up 2 goals within 2 minutes of each other late in the period as Chicago would force overtime.
With the overtime result, the Checkers got that final point needed to get into the playoffs. The Wolves would eventually win 4-3 in the extra session on a Andrew Agozzino power play goal.
The Checkers opponent in the first round of the Calder Cup playoffs will be the same Chicago Wolves.
Games one and two will be right here in Charlotte at Bojangles' Coliseum on Thursday and Friday. The following 3 games in this best of 5 series will be played in the Windy City.
The fact the Checkers are even in the post season is amazing.
On January 10, they were last in their division. Since then, they are 26-9-6.
They have been great at home this season as they have won 27 games at Bojangles' Coliseum which sets a franchise record. That is key as they have the first 2 games in this series here in the QC. A great chance to get off to a 2-0 start.
In 4 games in Chicago this season, the Checkers are still looking for their first win so a good start in this series will go a long way to possibly advancing.
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