American Hockey League

Checkers silence pesky Isles

Joey Daccord made 23 saves and Max McCormick scored his first three career postseason goals, sending the Charlotte Checkers into the next round with a 4-0 win over Bridgeport on Monday night.

The Checkers won the best-of-five Atlantic Division semifinal series, three games to one, and will now take on Springfield beginning Sunday afternoon.

Daccord (3-1) finished third in the AHL during the regular season with a .925 save percentage, but this was his first shutout since Jan. 11, 2020.

McCormick opened the scoring just 1:01 into the contest, jumping on a misplayed puck in the Islanders zone and sending a quick shot past Cory Schneider for the first playoff goal of his eight-year pro career.

Zac Dalpe made it 2-0 with 1:39 left in the first period, getting behind the Bridgeport defense and converting on a breakaway for his fifth goal of the series.

Daccord helped preserve the lead with 10 stops in the final period, and McCormick scored a pair of empty-net goals to close out the scoring and secure his second career hat trick.

Schneider (3-2) stopped 30 of 32 shots in net for the Islanders.

Atlantic Division Semifinals – Series “H” (best-of-5)
A1-Charlotte Checkers vs. A6-Bridgeport Islanders
Game 1 – Tue., May 10 – Charlotte 3, BRIDGEPORT 2
Game 2 – Thu., May 12 – Charlotte 7, BRIDGEPORT 6 (2OT)
Game 3 – Sat., May 14 – Bridgeport 3, CHARLOTTE 2
Game 4 – Mon., May 16 – CHARLOTTE 4, Bridgeport 0

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