March 30, 2012; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes defensemen Justin Faulk (28) makes a pass during the 2nd period against the Winnipeg Jets at the PNC center. The Jets defeated the Hurricanes 4-3 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Checkers Making a Comeback With Shootout Win Against Aeros, Re-Match At Noon


At long last the Charlotte Checkers have managed to win two games in a row as they beat the Houston Aeros last night in a shootout victory of 3-2.   The Checkers gained two points from the victory and now hold a 3 point lead in the South Division over the Aeros.

Newly signed Dan Ellis got the nod in net as it was presumed he would and managed to save twenty shots that he faced in regulation and overtime, along with four out of the seven shots he faced in the shootout.

Through much of the game it didn’t seem as though they were going to be able to pull off a consecutive win, but the Checkers didn’t give up and clawed their way back with a game-tying goal from Justin Faulk in the remaining seconds of regulation.

“It’s huge,” said Faulk, who scored for the second consecutive game since ending a 10-game drought. “It’s nice to string two together here after that slump we were in, and that’s just the team we have. Every team goes in their little ruts throughout the year, and it’s good to get that out of the way early and it’s good to get back on track.”(via Checkers Site)

Today the Checkers face the Aeros once more at noon in hopes of keeping the momentum and further boost their confidence with another victory, keeping their lead in the Division safe.

Game time is at 12:00 and can be heard on ESPN730 or seen on AHL Live.

Game Notes…

  • Goaltending: Dan Ellis 20 saves out of 22 shots, improved to 7-5-2 on the season.  He holds a 2.39 goals against average and .926 save percentage.  Matt Hackett made 32 saves on 34 shots faced and dropped to 10-6-3 on the season.
  • Shots on Goal: Charlotte 11-7-15-1 (34)  Houston 4-12-4-2(22)
  • Power Play Opportunities: Charlotte 0/2  Houston 0/2
  • Three Stars of the Game:
  1. Dan Ellis (Charlotte)
  2. Justin Krueger (Charlotte)
  3. Matt Hackett (Houston)

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