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Charlotte Checkers beat Chicago Wolves to win Calder Cup

Updated June 8, 2019 - 8:51 pm

The Charlotte Checkers held off the Chicago Wolves 5-3 in Game 5 to take home the Calder Cup on Saturday night. The Checkers won the American Hockey League’s championship series four games to one.

Trailing 3-1 with just over 5 minutes left in the third period, the Wolves, the top minor-league affiliate of the Vegas Golden Knights, closed the gap to 3-2 with 3:16 left. The Checkers answered on an empty-net goal to go up 4-2 with 1:47 left before Chicago again closed the gap to a single goal after Knights prospect Cody Glass scored with 38 seconds left. Charlotte clinched the victory with an empty net goal with 15 seconds remaining.

The Wolves were in the Calder Cup Final for the first time since 2008. They won the opener of this series 4-3 in overtime on the road June 1 before losing four straight.

Oscar Dansk had 27 saves for Chicago, which was outshot 32-29.

The Checkers are the top farm team of the Carolina Hurricanes.

Top Knights prospects Cody Glass and Nic Hague play for the Wolves as well as Daniel Carr, the AHL MVP. Carr played six games with the Knights last season.

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