January 3, 2011; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes center Zach Boychuk (11) against the Florida Panthers at the RBC Center. The Panthers defeated the Hurricanes 4-3 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Checkers Streak Comes to an End

Last night the Charlotte Checkers took on the Peoria Rivermen looking for their 5th consecutive win and their 8th straight win against Peoria.  Unfortunately both streaks came to an end despite a valiant third period effort from the Checkers as they fell 5-4 to the Rivermen.

The game wouldn’t provide its biggest excitement until the remaining eight minutes of regulation as the Checkers fought to change the 4-0 score that they trailed.  They were able to post four goals, the last coming in the remaining five seconds from Zach Boychuk to send the game into overtime and then into a shutout.

Bobby Sanguinetti would be the man to get the ball rolling for the Checkers as he was able to post two goals and then an added helper from Riley Nash before Boychuk added his late tally. Once again the Checkers showed off their ‘never back down’ attitude and overcame a four-goal deficit to fight their way into overtime and then a shootout.  The confidence they provided was a far cry from what fans had witnessed two weeks prior as they embarked upon their ten-game homestead.

“Give the guys credit because it would have been easy to pack it in and get ready for tomorrow, but they kept coming,” said coach Jeff Daniels.(via GoCheckers.com)

The Checkers dominated the shot clock with 54 shots to Peoria’s 29 with 50 of them from regulation.  In overtime they were almost able to take away the two points, but had to settle for the shootout.

The two teams are set to play against each other once more before the holiday break as they face off at 7:00pm tonight.

Game Notes…

  • Goaltending: Justin Peters finished the game in net with a perfect 8 saves out of the 8 shots faced until the shootout.  Dan Ellis saved 16 of the 20 shots he faced. For Peoria McKenna picked up 50 saves out of the 54 shots he faced and saved all of the shots he faced in the shootout.
  • Shots on Goal: Peoria – 8-9-9-2-1 (29)  Charlotte – 15-19-16-4-0 (54)
  • Power Play Opportunities: Peoria 1/1  Charlotte 0/6
  • Three Stars of the Game:
  1. Bobby Sanguinetti – 2 goals (Charlotte)
  2. Zach Boychuk – 1 goal, 2 assists (Charlotte)
  3. Mike McKenna – shootout victory (Peoria)

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