The Charlotte Checkers are off to the second round for the first time since 2011 after they completed a sweep of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins with a 7-3 win on Thursday night.
Charlotte will face either Lehigh Valley or Providence in the Atlantic Division Finals.
Alex Nedeljkovic (3-0) made 26 saves for his third straight win in the series after tying for the AHL lead with 31 victories in the regular season. Charlotte has won 10 games in a row overall by a combined score of 46-17.
Penguins captain Tom Kostopoulos, who previously announced his retirement effective at the end of the season, became the 19th player in AHL history to skate in 100 career Calder Cup Playoff contests. Kostopoulos finished his 19-year pro career with 1,468 regular-season and playoff games played between the AHL and the NHL.
Atlantic Division Semifinals – Series “B” (best-of-5)
A2-Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins vs. A3-Charlotte Checkers
Game 1 – Fri., Apr. 20 – CHARLOTTE 3, W-B/Scranton 2 (OT) | Recap
Game 2 – Sat., Apr. 21 – CHARLOTTE 4, W-B/Scranton 1 | Recap
Game 3 – Thu., Apr. 26 – Charlotte 7, W-B/SCRANTON 3