Game 1 against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins had a familiar beginning. Hot Zac Dalpe captured his fourth goal of the playoffs to put the Checkers on the board at 15:10 in the first. Brett Sutter initiated the sequence while Boychuk made the scoring pass.
Dalpe also scored the first goal in Game 1 and 2 during the Hershey Bear series.
However, the rest of the contest was not as familiar. The following two Charlotte goals were created on power play opportunities. A nice change of pace considering Charlotte went 4-for-33 in the previous six games.
Mike Murphy helped keep the Penguins at bay to win 3-2. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, the young netminder continues to zone in on the puck to make game-changing saves. Murphy made 28 stops
WBS defense was notable as they kept Charlotte to 19 SOG.
These hard matched teams face-off again on Saturday. Cardiac Cane will be unavailable to tweet and recap the game as I will be spending a technology-free weekend camping in the wilderness. Thankfully, I will return to technology and to the Checkers on Monday at the TWC Arena.
Let’s Go Checkers!