I was tempted to use Tantalizing Tuesday as a forum for Seven Days to Skinny: Day Two, but I decided to give you a reprieve from everything Skinner…temporarily. Have no fear, the birthday countdown continues later today.
Instead, the Charlotte Checkers will be providing your Tuesday hockey gratification in honor of conquering the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins last weekend. The Checkers begin the Eastern Conference Finals at home on Thursday.
As a fan, it has been remarkable to witness the players function as a solid unit. During the WBS series, 15 players earned at least a point. Eight players had a goal or helper in the May 7th contest alone.
They are not a LeBron/Cavs type team. Apologies to my wounded Cavaliers. That hurt to write. Selecting a Checkers playoff MVP would be a tough chore. Although, I can easily pick my top three: Zac Dalpe, Mike Murphy, and Brett Sutter…no, wait, make that Jon Matsumoto. Scratch that, I cannot even pick the top three without remembering imperative plays from Nick Dodge, Bryan Rodney or Michal Jordan.
Watching the Checkers has been an adventure. You are denying yourself a treat if you have not attended a game at Time Warner Cable Arena. Click here for information on tickets. This Charlotte AHL team is an outstanding organization. Way to go guys! Good Luck!
Here is your tantalizing hockey goodness for the day…
I’ll start you off with an insider’s look at the big Game 6 win from Chasing Checkers.
Check out the view from a WBS writer after Wednesday’s shutout.
Now for your visual stimulation.
Dalpe’s game-winner from JustSports Photography.
Some fun from the Charlotte Checkers YouTube Channel: