With American Hockey League playoff hopes already thin, the Charlotte Checkers let a two-goal lead slip away Friday night and lost 5-2 to Lake Erie.
It was the second consecutive night the Monsters beat Charlotte, which closed the regular season with a five-game losing streak.
So the Checkers, who went into Friday percentage points behind San Jose for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference, must wait. The Barracuda has games left Saturday at Stockton and Sunday at homa against Stockton, and it must lose both for Charlotte to make the Calder Cup Playoffs.
Brock McCinn scored twice for the Checkers within the first 10 minutes of play Friday night, but it was all Monsters after that.
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Alex Broadhurst, Mark Cundari, Oliver Bjorkstrand and Sonny Milano each took turns beating Daniel Altshuller, who lost his fifth consecutive start despite turning aside 23 of 27 shots on goal.
On Thursday night, second-period goals by Bjorkstrand and Lukas Sedlak gave the Monsters all of the offense they would need in a 3-1 victory.
Justin Shugg got Charlotte within a goal less than a minute into the third period, but the Checkers couldn’t solve Anton Forsberg again.