Cardiac Checker: WBS & CLT BOGO

Nothing turns my head like a BOGO (Buy One, Get One) sale sign. Everyone loves a good deal, so here’s one for Checkers fans.

Game BOGO (Blog One, Get One)…recap and preview in one delicious post.

Wednesday night marks the fourth playoff puck drop between Wilkes-Barre/Scanton Penguins and the Charlotte Checkers. Checkers lead the series 2-1. The Charlotte men continue to crush contests, minus one little shutout in Game 2…but why live in the past. Moving forward, kiddos…

Calder Cup Standings:

Stats via AHL.com

Since starting the run with Hershey, here is where our top six (Can’t do five, I hate odd numbers.) players stand: 

Stats via AHL.com

Of course, Checkers statistics wouldn’t be complete without admiring the sprawling netminders.

Stats via AHL.com

Zac Dalpe, Jon Matsumoto, Nick Dodge, and Brett Sutter have put pucks in the net for Charlotte against WBS. Dalps and Sutter were also credited with helpers in game three.

Monday’s contest was a 1-2 overtime win against the visiting Penguins. Chris Collins took the lead in the first, his second in the playoffs. However, Blanchard made the assist to Nick Dodge in the second for the draw.

Both goalies, Thiessen and Murphy, managed to make 21 and 26 stops respectively. Michael Murphy would be credited with another win as Brett Sutter made the game-winning goal 5:40 into overtime.

The Checkers continue to illustrate their strengths with puck possession and penalty kills. The entire team is a functioning unit with players sharing the arena spotlight. Matsumoto enjoyed his two-goal game one. Sutter savored his Monday game-winner. Jordan and Osala are playing like men on a mission.

There was a lot of Twitter forecasting from Wilkes-Barre fans about the brutal crucifying of the Checkers. Polar bears don’t eat penguins, but appears they are making an exception…looks like bird on the menu tonight puckheads.

Can’t get enough Checkers chit-chat? Be sure to head over to Chasing Checkers for fun recaps, previews and random goodness.

Topics: Brad Thiessen, Brett Sutter, Charlotte Checkers, Chris Collins, Jon Matsumoto, Michael Jordan, Michael Murphy, Nick Dodge, Scranton Penguins, Wilkes Barre, Zac Dalpe

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