Yesterday afternoon the Charlotte Checkers took on the Houston Aeros for the second time of the weekend and came out victorious in a 3-0 shutout.
54 seconds into the first period Captain Brett Sutter would find himself in the box for a delay of game, presenting the Aeros with their first power play opportunity. Thankfully they were unable to capitalize and as his penalty expired Gragnani wound up in the box for hooking. Shortly after, newcomer Shugg scored his first professional goal off of a tip from Bobby Sanguinetti to give the Checkers a 1-0 lead. The energy level from both teams through the first twenty minutes was impressive considering they had played each other less than twelve hours prior to yesterday’s contest.
As the second period began a fight between Brent Bellemore and Drew Bagnall would get things going about mid way through right in front of Justin Peters. Shortly afterwards Zach Boychuk would use his speed to force a play and make a shot with Welsh picking it up and getting the loose rebound. For the second time of the night the Checkers capitalized on the man-advantage and went up 2-0 heading into the locker room.
The third period started out slower than the previous two, but the Checkers dominated the play and sealed the deal as Sutter potted the empty net goal off of the face-off.
Justin Peters earned his second shut-out of the season, the first being on the 28 of October against the Peoria Rivermen.
Justin Peters earned his second shutout of the season, improving his record to 9-4-0. He turned away all 23 shots that he faced in the 3-0 victory. Darcy Kuemper saved 32 out of the 34 shots he faced and fell to 3-3- 0 on the season.
- Shots on Goal: Charlotte 14-12-9 (35) Houston 7-10-6 (23)
- Power Play Opportunities: Charlotte 1/3 Houston 0/3
- Three Stars of the Game:
- Justin Peters – Shutout (Charlotte)
- Jeremy Welsh – 1 Goal, 1 Assist (Charlotte)
- Justin Shugg – 1 Goal (Charlotte)