CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - Thursday night, the Checkers took the ice in Chicago as they faced the Chicago Wolves in game four of the Calder Cup finals. The Wolves came out strong, but the Checkers came out on top.
The Wolves took the ice with momentum, scoring quickly in the first period. This was the first time Chicago led in the playoff series, as their game one win was in sudden death over time. The Checkers’ momentum picked up in the second period, leading to a major shift in the third.
Coach Mike Vellucci commented on the game shift, “We talked about it in between the second and the third [periods], we said we are going to stay together, we’re going to be positive together, and we’re going to make a difference.” Vellucci claims that this was the key encouragement to get the guys “all in.” He continues, and gives credit to the players, “I really believe it’s [our success] because everybody likes each other. Everybody’s rooting for each other and we’ve got great leadership in the locker room.”
In his second season as the Checkers head coach, Vellucci’s “better together” mindset he instills in his players has proven success as he has led them to the Calder Cup finals for the first time in team history.
The tenacity, positive attitude and teamwork-mentality of the Checkers was unmatched as they took game five, 5-3.
The Checkers are one win away from taking home the Calder Cup, the first in team history. Game 5 take place in Chicago, Saturday, June 8th - puck drops at 8 p.m.