The Charlotte Checkers leading scorer during the regular season has gone MIA. Zach Boychuk led his team with 22 goals and 43 assists in just 60 games. Chris Terry finished second to Boychuk in points with 64, but played in 20 more contests.
#11 has earned 3 goals and 5 helpers in 14 playoff games. However, he has not had a point since game one with Wilkes-Barre totaling a 7 game pointless streak. His recent statistics are a dramatic change from his six straight game point trek during round one with Hershey.
So what happen to Zach Boychuk? Did he shave his playoff beard early? Perhaps he left his lucky shorts in Pennsylvania? There is no doubt the forward is a talented and key player for the Checkers. Performance droughts happen to the best of athletes. The lack of production can become more of a mental game than a physical barrier, unless Boychuk is playing with an undisclosed injury. Who isn’t at this point?
Zac Dalpe (6g, 7a) and Brett Sutter (4g, 8a) have done a fabulous job of making up the points. Unfortunately, it is not enough when playing Binghamton’s triple threat: Ryan Potulny, Ryan Keller, and Kaspars Daugavins. The trio has 55 points collectively in 15 games. Potulny leads with 13 goals and 9 assists. Keller boasts 6 goals with 13 assists while Daugavins has 9 ginos and 5 helpers.
The Checkers outshot the Senators 75-53 in their two previous matchups, yet they lost 7-4 in game one and 3-0 in game two.
With Charlotte down 2-0 in the series, now would be a superb time for Boychuk to reemerge. Charlotte is not a team that crumples on the road, but they will need the playmaking center to conquer Binghamton. This team has done a beautiful job of functioning as whole unit. They can win the next three games if they remain focus under pressure and locate the incredible missing Boychuk.
Game three kicks off Tuesday at 7:00pm. Let’s Go Checkers!