Last night the Checkers took on the Houston Aeros in hopes of beating them for the fifth straight win in the series. Unfortunately, despite Justin Peters 18 saves, the Aeros came out on top in the added minutes with a 3-2 victory.
While the first period remained scoreless, the second period only brought one goal to the table as Nick Peterson was able to push one past Justin Peters and put the Aeros up 1-0 with 1:08 remaining in the second frame.
The real fun started when the Checkers took the ice for the third and final frame. Tim Wallace was able to get on the board early on as he sped through the zone and fired a quick wrist shot that beat Darcy Kuemper over the right shoulder to tie the game at 1. Six minutes later Chris Terry found a way to beat Kuemper as well as he shot from the right point after a faceoff win. The goal ended a 13-game drought for Terry and gave the Checkers their first lead of the game, a little over halfway through the final frame.
As the minutes dwindled down the Checkers intensity grew and they refused to give up. It wouldn’t be until Krueger took a penalty with 2:59 remaining that the Aeros would be able to tie the game on a rebound that Granlund would pick up and put past Peters sending the game into overtime.
The late goal took a toll on the Checkers and it was obvious as Larsson scored just 1:22 into overtime to end the game. However, the Checkers still picked up a point in last night’s game and tied the clubs record for longest point streak.
Tonight they are set to take on the Texas Stars at 8:00pm.
- Goaltending: Justin Peters saved 18 shots out of the 21 he faced against the Aeros, but ended his four-game win streak as the Aeros picked up the added goal. He is now 11-5-1 on the season. Darcy Kuemper saved 30 of the 32 shots he faced and improved his record to 4-3-0.
- Shots on Goal: Charlotte 7-12-10-3 (32) Houston 5-5-9-2(21)
- Power Play Opportunities: Charlotte 0/1 Houston: 1/3
- Three Stars of the Game:
- Johan Larsson – GWG (Houston)
- Mikael Granlund – 1 goal (Houston)
- Darcy Kuemper – winning goaltender (Houston)