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Amerks fall in rematch with Checkers

he Charlotte Checkers (29-17-3-0) scored five times in the second period on their way to a 5-2 win over the Rochester Americans (27-17-2-4) in the final meeting of the season between the two teams Wednesday at Bojangles’ Coliseum.

Both of Rochester’s goals came on special teams with Taylor Leier scoring his sixth of the season on the power-play before Sean Malone added his 10th on a shorthanded tally just 27 seconds into the third period.

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Casey Mittelstadt notched an assist for the second straight game, giving the former first-round pick five points (1+4) through his first six games in the month of February. The second-year forward hasn’t gone more than two games without a point since opening the 2020 calendar year on a season-long four-game point streak (3+1).

Zach RedmondEric Cornel and Andrew MacWilliam all recorded an assist while rookie goaltender Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (1-3-1) made his fifth start of the season, making 27 saves on 32 shots he faced.

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