Checkers first to clinch 2019 playoff spot

The Charlotte Checkers became the first team to clinch a berth in the 2019 Calder Cup Playoffs on Friday night.

The Checkers secured their spot when Wilkes-Barre/Scranton dropped a 3-2 decision to Lehigh Valley.

Charlotte is heading to the postseason for the third year in a row and the fifth time in nine seasons since joining the AHL.

The AHL’s 2018-19 regular season ends April 14; for more information and daily updates on the Calder Cup Playoff races, check out the official AHL Playoff Primer.