November 25, 2011; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes left wing Brett Sutter (42) carries the puck against the Winnipeg Jets at the RBC center. The Jets defeated the Hurricanes 3-1. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Charlotte Checkers Fall to Milwaukee 5-2

Last night the Charlotte Checkers hosted the Milwaukee Admirals for their third meeting of the season in hopes of keeping their winning momentum.  Unfortunately the win streak was cut short as the Admirals went on to defeat the Checkers 5-2.

Right from the get-go the Admirals were on the attack and the Checkers spent the first half of the period defending their own zone. Patrick Cehlin would be the first of the Admirals to get on the score board as he collected his own rebound and banked a shot over Dan Ellis left shoulder. Shortly after Gabriel Bourque would beat him from the top of the crease as well, putting the Checkers down 2-0 just six and a half minutes in. Michal Jordan would be the man to lift some spirits as he was able to light the lamp in the closing minutes of the period, snapping a 46 game scoreless drought since February 17 and putting the Checkers within one heading into the first intermission.

While there was some momentum built up heading into the locker room that’s where it stayed and fizzled out because just 1:29 into the second frame VanGilder was able to beat Ellis with some help from Milwaukee’s top prospect Ryan Ellis, making his first appearance against the Checkers this season. While the second period wasn’t a total bloodbath, the Admirals were able to collect another goal in the final two and a half minutes of the period from their rookie Austin Watson who collected his 9th goal of the season and gave the Admirals a 4-1 advantage to begin the final frame.

As the puck dropped and the Checkers tried to claw their way back on the scoreboard,but after a couple of penalties they were going back to their shells as their confidence boost from their first period goal and Friday night’s win was shattered.  Halfway through the third period Milwaukee added another goal on a backhanded shot from Bourque that gave them a comfortable cushion to coast on through the final ten minutes. Brett Sutter provided a glimmer of hope for the team as he battled his way to the net to grab his third goal in four games, but it wouldn’t be enough.

“We’re saying all the right things, but at the end of the day, talk is cheap,” said Sutter, the team’s captain. “It’s a matter of doing, and we’ve got to work a lot harder than we are right now”(via Checkers website)

The Checkers lost by a final score of 5-2 and have a day to figure out how to get their mojo back as they face the Admirals once again on Tuesday at 7:00pm.

Game Notes…

  • Goaltending:

Dan Ellis made his second consecutive start in net for the Checkers breaking rotation between him and Justin Peters.  He was able to turn away 26 shots out of the 31 he faced and dropped to 6-5-2 on the season. Magnus Hellberg kept his undefeated record improving it to 4-0-0 and stopped all but two of the 28 shots he faced.

  • Shots on Goal: Charlotte 12-8-8 (28)  Milwaukee 13-10-8 (31)
  • Power Play Opportunities:  Charlotte 0/3   Milwaukee 0/5
  • Three Stars of the Game:
  1. Michael Latta 3 assists (Milwaukee)
  2. Gabriel Bourque 2 goals (Milwaukee)
  3. Austin Watson 1 goal (Milwaukee)


*Note: All statistical information is courtesy of the official Score Sheet and Game Report from the AHL.


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