Canes’ cousins to the west kept Carolina hockey alive with a momentous overtime win against the Hershey Bears Sunday night. The new Charlotte Checkers won 2-1 over the old two-time Calder Cup winners. The tight contest finished the series with Charlotte’s four games to Hershey’s two.
No one would ever guess netminder Michael Murphy was out of commission for nearly a month. Murphy made 26 saves in his fourth and final match with the previous Cup champs, which brought his total to 113 stops in round one. Critical plays made by the goalie late in the third and in overtime kept the Checkers alive.
There would be roughly 45 minutes of play before either team saw a puck hit the back of a net. Defenseman, Brian Fahey, fired a shot past Murphy late in the third to tie the contest. The game went into OT for the first time in the series.
Nicolas Blanchard sealed the Checkers’ fate with a goal 1:30 into the extra round from a Borer/Dodge sequence. I’m quite certain I ran 2-3 cars off the road as I pounded the steering wheel and screamed with joy. I couldn’t be more excited for the Checkers organization. They are top-notch team on and off the ice and completely deserve to reap the rewards of their hard work and dedication. Congratulations!
The schedule is as follows:
Game 1 – Thu., Apr. 28 – Charlotte at W-B/Scranton, 7:05
Game 2 – Sat., Apr. 30 – Charlotte at W-B/Scranton, 7:05
Game 3 – Mon., May 2 – W-B/Scranton at Charlotte, 7:00
Game 4 – Wed., May 4 – W-B/Scranton at Charlotte, 7:00
*Game 5 – Fri., May 6 – W-B/Scranton at Charlotte, 7:00
*Game 6 – Sat., May 7 – Charlotte at W-B/Scranton, 7:05
*Game 7 – Mon., May 9 – Charlotte at W-B/Scranton, 7:05
Let’s Go Checkers!