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Sutter lifts Checkers

On Monday night at the Time-Warner Cable Arena, the Charlotte Checkers beat the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 2-1 in overtime to take a 2-1 lead East Division final series of the Calder Cup playoffs.  Charlotte will host the next two games Wednesday and Friday nights.  Oddly, they have done in three post-season games what they could not do in eight regular season games: beat the Penguins twice.  They lost all four home games in the regular season, but won the first home playoff game between the teams.  It just goes to show that the playoffs are a completely different animal. 

Chris Collins of the Penguins scored at 13:23 of the first, and for a long time it looked like Pens goalie Brad Thiessen was going to be unbeatable again.  At 9:45 of the second, Nick Dodge finally snapped a Checkers scoreless streak that lasted four and a half periods.  His fourth goal of the playoffs ended up being the last goal of regulation.

Just 5:40 into the bonus frame, Brett Sutter potted the game winner from right out in front.  His third marker of the postseason was assisted by Zac Dalpe and Jacob Micflikier.  Checkers goalie Mike Murphy made 26 saves for the win.

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Charlotte wins game one vs Baby Pens

On Thursday night, the Charlotte Checkers won the first game of the East Division final 3-2 against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Baby Penguins.  Jon Matsumoto scored two power play goals and Zac Dalpe netted his fourth of the playoffs.  Zach Boychuk assisted on Dalpe’s goal to extend his points streak to seven games.  He has at least one point in every game of the postseason.  Brett Sutter, who has also had a hot hand, got the second assist on Dalpe’s goal. 

Mike Murphy made his fifth straight start and got his fourth straight win, making 28 saves in the process.

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Checkers advance

On Sunday evening, the Charlotte Checkers defeated the defending Calder Cup champion Hershey Bears 2-1 in overtime of game six of their first round matchup.  Charlotte has won the series 4-2 and will face the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Baby Penguins in the second round.  Games one and two will be in Scranton on Thursday and Saturday nights, respectively. 

Just 36 seconds into the game, Brett Sutter scored his second goal in as many games to give the Checkers the early lead.  Zac Dalpe and Zach Boychuk assisted on the goal, which stood as the game’s only goal for more than 53 minutes.  Boychuk has tallied at least one point in every playoff game this season.  He’s the only player in the East and one of only two players in the entire AHL to have a six-game points streak.

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Amazing comeback puts Checkers up 3-2 in series with Bears

On Friday night, the Charlotte Checkers overcame a 3-0 lead late in the second period to score five straight goals in a 5-3 win over the visiting Hershey Bears.  Charlotte now has a 3-2 lead in the series as it shifts back to Hershey for games six Sunday and (if necessary) seven on Monday. 

Drayson Bowman had an empty net goal and two assists.  Oskar Osala had a goal and two assists.  Nick Dodge had the game winner for the second game in a row.  Brett Sutter had a goal and an assist.  Zach Boychuk also had a goal and one assist.

It would have been easy for the team to give up.  Down 3-0 late in the second, they could have folded up the tents and mailed it in for the rest of the game.  But they didn’t.  They stayed hungry, got a good break on a late goal in the second.  Then they got a power play goal in the first minute of the third, and it was a new game.  Instead of being down and out, they responded with a flurry of goals and put themselves into a good position.  Two chances to finish off this series on the road.

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Checkers level series with Bears

On Tuesday night, the Hershey Bears defeated the Charlotte Checkers 3-2.  On Wednesday night, the Checkers returned the favor, winning game four by the same score.  The series is tied 2-2 with one more game to be played in Charlotte on Friday night.  Games six and (if necessary) seven will be in Hershey. 

Charlotte got goals from Nick Dodge and Zach Boychuk on Tuesday while Zac Dalpe was held off the scoresheet completely.  On Wednesday, Charlotte got goals from Dodge, Nicolas Blanchard and Oskar Osala.  Jon Matsumoto had two helpers while Boychuk, Dalpe, Jacob Micflikier and Drayson Bowman each had one assist.  Mike Murphy made 35 saves to pick up the win, which was his first career Calder Cup playoff victory. 

It’s now a best-of-three series and Hershey has a decided home ice advantage.  Charlotte can make things hard for them with another win on Friday.

Defenseman Justin Faulk, who just helped UMD win the NCAA championship, was signed last week and immediately reported to Charlotte.  He made his professional debut tonight with no points or penalties and a +/- of zero.  The guys on the Checkers radio broadcast said that he looked “like he belonged”. 

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Checkers steal home ice.  Dalpe on fire

It’s been a while since I’ve checked in here, and you probably can’t blame me for failing to find anything to post about.  I lost my job.  The Hurricanes missed the playoffs on the final day of their season.  Things haven’t exactly been sunshine and light over at RBH headquarters.  While the Hurricanes are looking at their free agent contracts, the Charlotte Checkers are busy in the first round of the Calder Cup playoffs. 

On Thursday, the series between the Checkers and the defending champion Hershey Bears (Washington Capitals) got underway in Hershey.  Charlotte took that first game 5-4 on goals by Zac Dalpe, Chris Terry, defenseman Brett Bellemore, Zach Boychuk and Drayson Bowman.  Dalpe also added two assists. 

On Sunday, the Bears turned the tables on the Checkers.  They evened the series at on apiece with a 4-2 win.  Dalpe had both goals for the Checkers and now shares the league lead with three goals. 

This particular series uses the 2-3-2 format, so Charlotte will get three straight home games:  this Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.  It will be the first ever Calder Cup playoff game in Charlotte.  By splitting the games in Hershey, Charlotte now has home-ice advantage in the five remaining games.

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Rats fall behind 3-0

On Tuesday night, the Albany River Rats suffered a heartbreaking 6-5 overtime loss to the Hershey Bears.  Twice in the game, they led by two goals and they led by one with less than five minutes to play, but the Bears did as they have done for the entire series and they answered the bell every single time.  At 16:08 of the overtime period, Jay Beagle beat Justin Peters with a rebound chance and the Rats are down three games to none. 

They always say in any sport that a playoff series isn’t really a series until someone wins a road game.  Well, it’s officially a series.  Unfortunately, it may as well be officially over. 

On Thursday night, the Rats will try to stave off elimination with what might be the final game in the Carolina Hurricanes portion of the Albany River Rats history.

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Rats drop game two

On Sunday afternoon, the Albany River Rats got themselves into trouble on the ice, and in the end they are in a two game hole in the best-of-seven series.  The final score in Sunday’s game was 6-3, but in fairness it was much closer than that.

In a carbon copy of Saturday’s game, the Rats spent the entire third period in the box.  There might be some speculation that the officials tilted the ice, but the fact of the matter is that the Rats have played undisciplined.  They took four consecutive penalties in the third period on Saturday, then four consecutive in Sunday’s game two.  Hershey, on the other hand, committed no third period penalties on Saturday.  The only third period penalties against them on Sunday were fighting majors to match those of the Rats. 

The Rats started the third period today with a shorthanded goal by Nick Dodge to take a 3-2 lead, but it all went downhill from there.  The parade to the penalty box led to three straight power play goals and finally an empty-net goal in the dying seconds.  This was followed by a lot of extracurricular activity that did nothing other than risk injuries and/or suspensions to Rats players.  Naturally, Tim Conboy was involved in some of the rough stuff.

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Bears take game one

In the East Division finals, the Hershey Bears have taken a one games to none lead of the best of seven series.  Jerome Samson tallied two goals in the losing effort, as the Rats fell 4-3 in overtime. 

Winger Jiri Tlusty suffered a “lower body injury” in the first period and did not return.  With game two less than 19 hours away, I guess they’ll have to use one of the “in residence” players or one of the guys who was just recalled from the Florida Everblades of the ECHL. 

The theme of the night was penalty trouble.  The Rats dug a lot of holes for themselves, amassing 33 minutes of penalties.  They were already a man down, and they spent the better part of the third period on the penalty kill.  They managed to kill six of the seven penalties, but the killers were spending too much time on the ice and the forwards were already double shifting after losing Tlusty. 

Justin Peters made 44 saves in the loss.  Due to the back-to-back situation with the short turnaround, I suspect that we’ll see Justin Pogge in nets for the Rats on Sunday.

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Rats, Bears set for Division final

In AHL Calder Cup playoff action, the Albany River Rats and the defending Cup champ Hershey Bears (Capitals) are set to begin their East division finals series.  Because the AHL playoffs aren’t re-seeded between rounds and because they don’t wait for all first round series to conclude, this series might be three games deep while one first round series is still going.  I don’t really like that set-up.  It could potentially lead to a situation where some team is sitting around for two weeks or more waiting for an opponent.

Anyway, this series will begin with a back-to-back in Hershey on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.  In regular season action, the Rats were 2-6 against the Bears, and they lost all four games played in Hershey.  Interestingly, the Rats were also 2-6 in the regular season against the Baby Pens, losing all four games played in Wilkes-Barre.  That, obviously, had no bearing on the playoff series that the Rats won in straight games.

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River Rats advance to Calder Cup quarters

On Monday night, the Albany River Rats completed their clean sweep of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Baby Penguins with a 5-3 win on the road.  The four game sweep puts them through to the Eastern Division final where they will meet the winner of the Bridgeport (Islanders) v Hershey (Capitals) series.  The Hershey Bears lead that series 3-1, and game five will be Wednesday night.

The hero of game four was defenseman Jamie McBain, who scored two goals including an empty netter.  He’s got four goals in four playoff games, which is best among AHL defensemen.  Zach Boychuk scored his first, which turned out to be the game-winner.  Oscar Osala and Jerome Samson also added tallies for the Rats.

The Rats will have several days off before the next round begins, and they’ll need to work on their power play.  They’ve had 20 power play opportunities and have yet to cash in.  This is definitely going to have to change.

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Rats take stranglehold on series

On Sunday afternoon, the Albany River Rats took a commanding 3-0 series lead in their Calder Cup playoff series against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Baby Penguins with a 2-1 win in Wilkes-Barre.  Rats leading scorer Jerome Samson was shut down in the first two games of this series, but he potted the game-winner at 5:45 of the third. 

The game was scoreless through the first 40 minutes, but Mike Angelidis got the Rats on the board early in the third, and Samson followed a couple of minutes later.

Game four will be Monday night in Wilkes-Barre at 7:05, when the Rats will have a chance to break out their brooms for a season sweep.  The River Rats haven’t won a playoff series since 1998, when they advanced to the Calder Cup semifinals.

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Rats grab 2-0 series lead

The Albany River Rats took a 2-0 series lead against the WBS Baby Pens in Calder Cup playoff action on Friday.  They won game two 3-2 with defenseman Jamie McBain potting the game-winner. 
The Pens focus has been shutting down Rats leading scorer Jerome Samson, and they’ve done that.  Tonight, he only had two shots on goal and had a -1 rating.  The Rats, though, are getting big things from other guys.  McBain scored his second of the postseason, and Nick Dodge scored his third of the second season.  Left wing Chris Terry also contributed with his first goal of the playoffs. 

The series resumes Sunday afternoon in Wilkes-Barre.  I’m guessing that the Pens might want to dial up a defensive plan that keys in on Nick Dodge.

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Rats look to gain control

On Wednesday, the Albany River Rats won the first game of their first round Calder Cup playoff series against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Baby Penguins.  Nick Dodge had the game-winner in the last minute of regulation, his second of the game.  The Rats play at home again tonight and will hope to gain a 2-0 series lead. 
Left wing Jacob Micflikier and defenseman Jamie McBain also tallied goals for the Rats.

Nick Johnson led the Baby Pens with two goals (including a short-handed goal)  and an assist.  The Pens will see a change in goal on Friday night due to an illness and a call-up.

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“Rat Pack” returned to Albany for Calder Cup playoffs

Following Saturday’s season finale against the Bruins, the Hurricanes assigned a slew of players to the Albany River Rats as they prepare for the Calder Cup Playoffs.  The Rats finished second in the East division and will face either the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins or the Lowell Devils in the first round.  Each of those teams plays its season finale today. 

Tim Conboy had already been reassigned.  He was joined by forwards Drayson Bowman, Zach Boychuk and Jerome Samson.  Also, defensemen Casey Borer, Jamie McBain and Bryan Rodney were assingned.  This article doesn’t name Jay Harrison as one of the assigned players, but he’s on the Clear Day roster, and I assume that it must have been an oversight to leave his name out. 

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Rats make Calder Cup playoffs

Barring a miracle, the Carolina Hurricanes will be out of the Stanley Cup playoffs.  Their American League affiliate, though, will play on this spring.  On Friday night, the Albany River Rats lost 2-1 to the Norfolk Admirals (Tampa Bay Lightning), but they managed to clench a spot in the AHL’s Calder Cup playoffs anyway. 
This is a result of other AHL action, in which the Lowell Devils (New Jersey Devils) lost 5-2 to the Hartford Wolf Pack (New York Rangers).

In all likelihood, the Rats, who missed the playoffs last season, will have home-ice advantage for the first round.  The Rats won the Calder Cup in 1995 as the top affiliate of the New Jersey Devils, and they haven’t won a playoff series since 1998.

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2008 draftee Dalpe signs ATC

On Thursday afternoon, the Hurricanes signed their 2008 second round draft pick Zac Dalpe to a three-year entry-level contract.  The 20-year old forward has decided to forgo his final two years at THE Ohio State University after the Buckeyes were eliminated from the CCHA playoffs.  Dalpe led the team in goals (21) and points (45) this season and was a first team all-conference selection.
The Paris, Ontario native has been assigned to the Albany River Rats of the American League, where he will play the balance of the season and Calder Cup playoffs on an Amateur Tryout Contract.  He will join the Rats on the road at Binghamton on Sunday night and will presumably be added to the team’s final roster.

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