Charlotte Checkers

Checkers finish season on high note

In a season that ultimately didn’t produce enough victories, the Checkers saved a good one for last.

Against a Grand Rapids team that entered the night with a chance to clinch the top spot in the Western Conference, the Checkers, long eliminated from playoff contention, set a season high for goals scored with a 7-3 victory on Saturday.

Rookies Phil Di Giuseppe (one goal, three assists) and Trevor Carrick (four assists), who became the only Checkers skaters to play in all 76 games, led the way with career-best, four-point performances. Drew MacIntyre made a season-high 49 saves.

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2nd Period-4, Charlotte, Aleardi 12 (Carrick, Di Giuseppe), 2:24 (PP). 5, Charlotte, LaRose 19 (Robertson, Schmitz), 6:09 (PP). 6, Charlotte, Lamoureux 3 (Di Giuseppe, Shugg), 13:38. 7, Grand Rapids, Miele 26 (Zengerle, Jensen), 18:22. Penalties-Nosek Gr (tripping), 1:49; Evans Gr (roughing), 4:12.

3rd Period-8, Grand Rapids, Paetsch 8 (Miele, Jensen), 13:39. 9, Charlotte, Di Giuseppe 11 (Aleardi, Carrick), 17:08. 10, Charlotte, LaRose 20 (McGinn, Woods), 19:33 (EN). Penalties-Schmitz Cha (tripping), 7:28; Czarnowczan Gr (cross-checking), 15:05.

Shots on Goal-Charlotte 10-8-12-30. Grand Rapids 18-16-18-52. Power Play Opportunities-Charlotte 3/4; Grand Rapids 0/3. Goalies-Charlotte, MacIntyre 20-26-1 (52 shots-49 saves). Grand Rapids, McCollum 19-11-1 (13 shots-10 saves); Coreau 16-8-1 (16 shots-13 saves). A-9,804

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