After falling behind 1-0 through the first game of the American Hockey League championship, the Charlotte Checkers battled back with three-straight victories, with the final two coming in Chicago. Now up three-games-to-one on the Chicago Wolves, Charlotte looks to be ready to put the nail in the coffin Saturday evening.
Lacing a lineup consisting of two Manitobans, the Checkers have been reliant on Strathclair’s Morgan Geekie and Winnipeg’s Stelio Mattheos to deliver offence in this long-lasting postseason run. On the flip side, the Wolves’ corps contains four Manitobans – also serving in prominent roles.
After putting up four shots in the opening game of the Calder Cup Final, Cody Glass (Winnipeg) has been held to just two assists and four total shots in the three games following the Wolves’ only victory. Keegan Kolesar (Winnipeg) has a goal and two assists, while Brooks Macek (Winnipeg) has scored twice. On Chicago’s blueline, defenceman Zach Whitecloud (Brandon) has a goal and two assists for Chicago in the four games he has played in.
Stelio Matthoes has scored once for Charlotte in the series, while Morgan Geekie has picked up a lone assist. Geekie, however, is currently third in AHL playoff scoring with seven goals and 16 points, while Whitecloud is four points up on the second best defensive scorer, leading the way with an astounding 15 points.
Game One between the Wolves and Checkers required extra time, as Chicago walked away with a 4-3 overtime victory. Game Two saw Charlotte tie the series up with a 5-3 empty net victory. Game Three was a semi-lopsided 4-1 win for the Checkers, while Game Four saw Chicago jump ahead to a 3-1 lead, only to have Charlotte turn the tables and score the game’s final four goals.
Saturday’s contest is set for 7:00 PM at the Allstate Arena in Chicago. Should the Wolves win Saturday’s game, the series would shift back to Charlotte for Game Six and a potential Game Seven on Thursday and Friday.