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Wallmark lifts Checkers in OT

Lucas Wallmark tipped home the winning goal 3:18 into overtime as Charlotte rallied for a Game 1 win over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Friday night.

The Checkers host Game 2 on Saturday before the series shifts to northeastern Pennsylvania.

Charlotte controlled play during the overtime period and spent an extended shift in the offensive zone leading up to Wallmark’s game-winner.

Aleksi Saarela and Valentin Zykov scored in the third period as the Checkers erased a 2-0 deficit. Former Penguin Greg McKegg assisted on both goals.

Andrey Pedan and Daniel Sprong scored for the Penguins.

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)
Game 2 – Sat., Apr. 21 – W-B/Scranton at Charlotte, 6:00
Game 3 – Thu., Apr. 26 – Charlotte at W-B/Scranton, 7:05
*Game 4 – Sat., Apr. 28 – Charlotte at W-B/Scranton, 7:05
*Game 5 – Sun., Apr. 29 – Charlotte at W-B/Scranton, 3:05
*if necessary… All times Eastern