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Checkers Beat Rampage 2-1

December 15, 2011; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes left wing Drayson Bowman (21) celebrates his 2nd period goal against the Vancouver Canucks at the RBC center. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Last night the Charlotte Checkers faced off against the San Antonio Rampage in their third and final game of the weekend.  The Checkers were able to put a new win-streak in place in their fourth-straight victory, a 2-1 edge over the Rampage.

As if a three-in-three sweep isn’t impressive enough, the amount of time in which they were able to pull off the victories was even more incredible.  The Checkers played their first game at 7pm Friday night, thier second at noon Saturday and then hopped on a plane to face off against the Rampage at 5pm. Back-to-back homes games played 17 hours apart and then a one-game road trip improved their record to 10-2-2.

Through sixty minutes of play there would only be threee goals scored, including Gragnani’s first goal of the season. He would tally his first off of a beautiful pass from Zach Boychuk.  The only other markers would come from a shorthanded goal from Drayson Bowman ten minutes through the first period and at the 9:25 mark an Eddie Selleck goal past Peters with former Boston Bruin Mike Mottau picking up the assist.

Both goals could have easily been stopped, but they didn’t let them get in the way of demolishing every other shot they faced.  Peters was practically standing on his head turning shots away and definitely would have deserved a shutout victory.

The Checkers have just two games left before they take a holiday break, one that has them facing off against the Peoria Rivermen both Thursday and Friday.  If they were to win Thursday’s match, they would tie a team record for winning five games in a row.

Game Notes…

  • Goaltending:

Justin Peters earned his third straight win, his second in the past three games after a shutout against the Aeros.  He saved 22 of the 23 shots he faced.

Jacob Markstrom saved 32 of the 34 shots he faced and fell to 8-9-1 on the season.

  • Shots on Goal:  Charlotte 10-12-12 (34)  San Antonio 8-8-7 (23)
  • Power Play Opportunities: Charlotte   1/6  San Antonio 0/3
  • Three Stars of the Game:
  1. Marc-Andre Gragnani - Game-winning Goal (Charlotte)
  2. Drayson Bowman - 1 Goal (Charlotte)
  3. Brett Bellemore - (Charlotte)

Topics: AHL, Charlotte Checkers

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