October 25, 2011; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes left wing Brett Sutter (42) takes a shot against the Ottawa Senators at the RBC center. The Senators defeated the Hurricanes 3-2 in the shoot out. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Charlotte Checkers Beat the Rivermen 2-1

“For the past two weeks we’ve been doing what we need to do.  Now we can enjoy the time off and rest up.” (Brett Sutter via GoCheckers.com)

Heading into a short holiday break, the Checkers are 5-0-1 in their last six games leaving the ten-game homestead struggle behind.  They were able to make a stellar comeback in Thursday night’s game against the Rivermen bringing the game to a shootout after trailing 4-0 to halfway through the third period, and last night soared to a 2-1 victory over the Rivermen.

Last night the Checkers recorded  24 shots, almost exactly half of the shots they took the night before in their team-high 54. They came out at ease and ready to strike back and that they did as Jerome Samson put them on the board just 1:58 into the game.  Six minutes later Peoria was able to tie it up with Cracknell getting the credit and sending the first period tied at a goal a piece.

Once again in the second period the Checkers were on top of their game and struck just 1:08 in with captain Brett Sutter notching his tenth of the season.  He provided the team with a one goal lead that they were able to preserve for the rest of the game, going into the holiday season on a high note.

“I thought the effort was really good tonight,” said Daniels. “It was a hard-fought game, and we found a way to win.”(via Checkers.com)

The Checkers won’t see action again until December 28 when they head to Houston to take on the Aeros at 8:05pm.

Game Notes. . . 

  • Goaltending:

Justin Peters made 28 saves on the night and earned himself his fourth straight victory for the Checkers.  He improved to 11-4-1 on the season. Jake Allen made 22 saves out of the 24 shots he faced and fell to 8-11-2 on the season.

  • Shots on Goal: Charlotte 10-8-6(24) Peoria 10-12-7 (29)
  • Power Play Opportunities: Charlotte 0/2  Peoria 0/3
  • Three Stars of the Game:
  1. Jerome Samson – 1 goal (Charlotte)
  2. Justin Peters – Game-winning goalie (Charlotte)
  3. Brett Sutter- 1 goal (Charlotte)

*Note: All statistics are courtesy of the Official Game Score Sheet and Text Score Sheet from the AHL.com 

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