The Charlotte Checkers had an exciting inaugural season. The North Carolina AHL team beat two time Calder Cup champions, Hershey Bears, before falling to the Binghamton Senators. The Sens went on the claim the 2011 Cup.
The biggest change for the Checkers this season is the schedule. The team is no longer registered in the East, rather they will play in the Western Conference. Checkers play ten games in their opening month. Here are some notable mentions…
- The regular season kicks off on the road against the Norfolk Admirals on October 7th & 8th. The Ads ended the 2010-11 in last place in the once shared East Division.
- Charlotte’s home opener is October 15th. They will face the Peoria Rivermen.
- Checkers will enjoy five consecutive home games October 15th-23rd.
- The end of the month wraps up with three away games against the Oklahoma City Barons, San Antonio Rampage, and Houston Aeros.
Charlotte’s preseason was a success, defeating Lake Erie in two games this past weekend. Relative newcomer, Justin Shugg, earned three points in the series (2g, 1a). Matt Pistilli, Chris Durno, and Justin Soryal claimed the other goals. Justin Peters made 26 saves in his Saturday night victory while Mike Murphy stopped 23 shots in his Friday night shutout. The crease should prove an interesting place for the Checkers as these two goalies compete for top playing time. (cough, Go Murph!, cough)
There is no doubt we can expect great things from this talented team in the upcoming months. Show your support and head over to GoCheckers.com for tickets. You may also want to check out ChasingCheckers.com for in depth look at the current roster.
Let’s Go Checkers!