The Milwaukee Admirals entered tonight’s game against the Charlotte Checkers carrying a streak of 23 consecutive road games without a regulation loss. Since 13-Jan-2011, the Admirals have picked up at least a point in every road game they have played. With a 3-2 regulation win tonight at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, the Checkers put an end to that monstrous streak.
In a game where Carolina Hurricanes’ brass Jim Rutherford and Rod Brind’Amour were in attendance, Checkers’ forward Zach Boychuk put forth an impressive effort. Making a statement that he was ready to play from his first shift, Boychuk opened up the scoring for the Checkers with a powerplay goal just 1:22 into the game. He would add his second of the night, the eventual game winner, early in the third period, picking up the rebound after a Jerome Samson shot. That third period goal ended another streak for the Admirals. Coming into tonight’s game, Milwaukee had not given up a third period goal on the road all season.
Goaltender Mike Murphy picked up his second assist of the season, and fifth of his career on Boychuk’s first period goal. Defenceman Michal Jordan grabbed the other assist, extending his current point streak (1G, 4A) to four games.
Milwaukee tied the game with 4:42 remaining in the first period when Chris Mueller fired a sharp angle shot past Murphy while the Admirals were on a powerplay.
Charlotte tallied the only goal of the second period at the 7:24 mark when Chris Terry and rookie Justin Shugg combined to force a turnover in the Admirals’ zone. Terry took the puck and beat netminder Jeremy Smith glove side. The goal extended Terry’s point streak to six games where he has collected 1 goal and 7 assists. Shugg picked up his first career AHL point with the only assist on Terry’s goal.
Less than four minutes after Charlotte grabbed the two-goal lead in the third period, the Admirals made quick use of a 5-on-3 opportunity, scoring just 14 seconds into a 25 second two-man advantage. Chris Mueller was camped out at the left post and converted on a beautiful cross-ice pass from Michael Latta. The Checkers were able to kill off the remaining 5-on-4 time and hold on for the 3-2 victory.
The Admirals outshot the Checkers 15-7 in the second period and headed into the second intermission with a 25-16 edge in shots. Mike Murphy stood tall in net for the Checkers, especially during that second frame, and finished the game with 28 saves on 30 shots.
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The two teams will wrap up their weekend series with a rematch tomorrow afternoon at 2pm EST. Grab your skates, come out to TWCA for the game, and take advantage of the opportunity to skate with the Checkers after the game. For those unable to make it out to TWCA, both audio and video can also be found on www.AHLLive.com or you can receive game updates on twitter by following @CheckersHockey.
Topics: AHL, Carolina Hurricanes, Charlotte Checkers, Chris Mueller, Chris Terry, Jeremy Smith, Jerome Samson, Jim Rutherford, Justin Shugg, Michael Latta, Michal Jordan, Mike Murphy, Milwaukee Admirals, Nashville Predators, Rod Brind'Amour, Zach Boychuk