Charlotte Checkers Beat the Rivermen 2-1

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

“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 

Topics: AHL, Charlotte Checkers

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