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Checkers Stand Alone: Hershey, Norfolk Out; Charlotte Faces Wilkes-Barre in AHL East Division Final

The AHL’s Calder Cup playoffs began with three affiliates of the NHL’s Southeast Division and that number was destined to shrink by at least one with Hershey and Charlotte squaring off in the opening round.

Unfortunately, the Carolina Hurricanes are the lone remaining Southeast Division squad with an AHL affiliate still vying for the Calder Cup, as the Checkers bested the Hershey Bears four games to two, while the Norfolk Admirals also fell in six games, despite a 2-0 series lead, to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

Here’s a stat line look at the games played since we last checked in and some heres and theres on the AHL playoffs thus far, as well as a look ahead at Charlotte’s schedule this week, as they get set to take on Wilkes-Barre in the East Division Final.

GAME RESULTS
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Tuesday, 4/19/11: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 2, Norfolk Admirals 1
Norfolk goal-scorers: Stefano Giliati (1)
Norfolk goaltenders (saves/shots): Dustin Tokarski (23/25)
Three stars of the game: 1 – Bryan Lerg, WBS; 2 – Stefano Giliati, NOR; 3 – Dustin Tokarski, NOR

Tuesday, 4/19/11: Hershey Bears 3, Charlotte Checkers 2
Hershey goal-scorers: Francois Bouchard (1), Keith Aucoin (2), Kyle Greentree (1)
Charlotte goal-scorers: Nick Dodge (1), Zach Boychuk (2)
Hershey goaltenders (saves/shots): Braden Holtby (28/30)
Charlotte goaltenders (saves/shots): Mike Murphy (20/23)
Three stars of the game: 1 – Keith Aucoin, HER; 2 – Nick Dodge, CHA; 3 – Braden Holtby, HER

Wednesday, 4/20/11: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 4, Norfolk Admirals 2
Norfolk goal-scorers: Johan Harju (1), Marc-Antoine Pouliot (2)
Norfolk goaltenders (saves/shots): Dustin Tokarski (29/33)
Three stars of the game: 1 – Ryan Craig, WBS; 2 – Marc-Antoine Pouliot, NOR; 3 – Corey Potter, WBS

Wednesday, 4/20/11: Charlotte Checkers 3, Hershey Bears 2
Charlotte goal-scorers: Nick Dodge (1), Zach Boychuk (2)
Hershey goal-scorers: Francois Bouchard (1), Keith Aucoin (2), Kyle Greentree (1)
Charlotte goaltenders (saves/shots): Mike Murphy (35/37)
Hershey goaltenders (saves/shots): Braden Holtby (21/24)
Three stars of the game: 1 – Mike Murphy, CHA; 2 – Mathieu Perreault, HER; 3 – Zac Dalpe, CHA

Friday, 4/22/11: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 2, Norfolk Admirals 1
Norfolk goal-scorers: Mark Barberio (1)
Norfolk goaltenders (saves/shots): Dustin Tokarski (23/25)
Three stars of the game: 1 – Nick Petersen, WBS; 2 – Mark Barberio, NOR; 3 – Brett Sterling, WBS

Friday, 4/22/11: Charlotte Checkers 5, Hershey Bears 3
Charlotte goal-scorers: Brett Sutter (1), Zach Boychuk (3), Oskar Osala (2), Nick Dodge (3), Drayson Bowman (2)
Hershey goal-scorers: Steve Pinizzotto (2), Mathieu Perreault (3), Andrew Carroll (1)
Charlotte goaltenders (saves/shots): Mike Murphy (32/35)
Hershey goaltenders (saves/shots): Braden Holtby (29/33)
Three stars of the game: 1 – Nick Dodge, CHA; 2 – Oskar Osala, CHA; 3 – Drayson Bowman, CHA

Saturday, 4/23/11: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 6, Norfolk Admirals 3
Norfolk goal-scorers: Marc-Antoine Pouliot (4), Blair Jones (1), James Wright (1)
Norfolk goaltenders (saves/shots): Dustin Tokarski (23/27)
Three stars of the game: 1 – Steve Wagner, WBS; 2 – Joe Vitale, WBS; 3 – Marc-Antoine Pouliot, WBS

Sunday, 4/24/11: Charlotte Checkers 2, Hershey Bears 1 (OT)
Charlotte goal-scorers: Brett Sutter (2), Nicolas Blanchard (2)
Hershey goal-scorers: Brian Fahey (1)
Charlotte goaltenders (saves/shots): Mike Murphy (26/27)
Hershey goaltenders (saves/shots): Braden Holtby (28/30)
Three stars of the game: 1 – Nicolas Blanchard, CHA; 2 – Mike Murphy, CHA; 3 – Brian Fahey, HER

CHARLOTTE CHECKERS LEADING PLAYOFF SCORERS
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(PLAYER NAME: GP-G-A-P-(+/-)

1 – Zac Dalpe: 6-3-5-8-(+4)
2 – Zach Boychuk: 6-3-4-7-(+1)
3 – Drayson Bowman: 6-2-4-6-(E)
4 – Brett Sutter: 6-2-4-6-(+1)
5 – Nick Dodge: 6-3-2-5-(-1)

CHARLOTTE CHECKERS PLAYOFF GOALTENDING STATISTICS
(PLAYER NAME: W-L,GAA,SV%,SO)

1 – Mike Murphy: 3-1, 2.24, .926, 0
2 – Justin Pogge: 1-1, 4.08, .843, 0

HERSHEY BEARS LEADING PLAYOFF SCORERS
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(PLAYER NAME: GP-G-A-P-(+/-)

1 – Keith Aucoin: 6-2-6-8-(+3)
2 – Mathieu Perreault: 6-3-3-6-(+3)
3 – Brian Willsie: 6-2-3-5-(E)
4 – Steve Pinizzotto: 6-2-2-4-(-1)
5 – Boyd Kane: 6-1-2-3-(+2)

HERSHEY BEARS PLAYOFF GOALTENDING STATISTICS
(PLAYER NAME: W-L,GAA,SV%,SO)

1 – Braden Holtby: 2-4, 3.01, .893, 0

NORFOLK ADMIRALS LEADING PLAYOFF SCORERS
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(PLAYER NAME: GP-G-A-P-(+/-)

1 – Marc-Antoine Pouliot: 6-4-3-7-(+2)
2 – Mattias Ritola: 4-1-4-5-(E)
3 – Matt Fornataro: 6-0-4-4-(+1)
4 –Vladimir Mihalik: 6-0-2-2-(+1)
5 – Troy Milam: 6-0-2-2-(-1)

NORFOLK ADMIRALS PLAYOFF GOALTENDING STATISTICS
(PLAYER NAME: W-L-SOL,GAA,SV%,SO)

1 – Dustin Tokarski: 2-4, 2.19, .924, 1

AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE LEADING PLAYOFF SCORERS
(PLAYER NAME, TEAM: GP-G-A-P-(+/-)

1 – Ryan Potulny, Binghamton: 8-8-8-16-(+9)
2 – Marco Rosa, Manitoba: 7-4-8-12-(+7)
3 – Bud Holloway, Manchester: 7-4-7-11-(+6)
4 – Ryan Keller, Binghamton: 8-4-7-11-(+7)
5 – Justin Azevedo, Manchester: 7-3-7-10-(-2)

AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFF GOALTENDING LEADERS
(PLAYER NAME: W-L,GAA,SV%,SO)

1 – Eddie Lack, Manitoba: 3-1, 1.60, .942, 1
2 – Matt Hackett, Houston: 4-0, 1.67, .923, 0
3 – Drew MacIntyre, Hamilton: 4-2, 1.67, .945, 1
4 – Brad Thiessen, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton: 4-2, 1.68, .940, 0
5 – Martin Gerber, Oklahoma City: 2-3, 1.79, .931, 1

For full American Hockey League scoring and goaltending leaders, click here

TRANSACTIONS
4/19: Forwards Blair Jones and Mattias Ritola recalled from Norfolk by Tampa Bay (NHL).
Defenseman Charles Landry reassigned to Norfolk from Montreal (QMJHL) by Tampa Bay (NHL).
4/20: Forwards Blair Jones and Mattias Ritola returned to Norfolk by Tampa Bay (NHL).
4/21: Forward Carter Ashton reassigned to Norfolk from Tri-City (WHL) by Tampa Bay (NHL).
4/24: Forwards Blair Jones and Mattias Ritola and goaltender Dustin Tokarski recalled from Norfolk by Tampa Bay (NHL).

UNTIL NEXT TIME

Charlotte’s schedule for the round ahead:

Thursday, 4/28: Charlotte at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, game 1
Saturday, 4/30: Charlotte at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, game 2
Monday, 5/2: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton at Charlotte, game 3
Wednesday, 5/4: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton at Charlotte, game 4
Friday, 5/6: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton at Charlotte, game 5 (if necessary)
Saturday, 5/7: Charlotte at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, game 6 (if necessary)
Monday, 5/9: Charlotte at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, game 7 (if necessary)

JJ
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