Tonight the Charlotte Checkers fell to the San Antonio Rampage 5-2 in their worst three-in-three stint of the season earning only one point out of a possible 6.
Justin Peters got the nod in net and made 26 saves in his first loss of the season to the Rampage. Rookie Justin Shugg and Bobby Sanguinetti were the lone goal scorers for the Checkers tallying one in the second and third respectively.
As if coming out of this weekend with only one point wasn’t bad luck enough, the possibility of the Checkers being without another three big name players is quite a possibility. Both Zach Boychuk and Nicholas Blanchard left the ice in the first period tonight and failed to return. The Checkers have also been playing without defenseman Rasmus Rissanen since Friday evening and Marc-Andre Gragnani has been out as well.
Their defensive line currently consists of rookies Tommi Kivisto and Bobby Raymond, who were both called up this weekend as replacements. Meanwhile Justin Faulk continues to sit out every third game as a healthy scratch.
The biggest problem for the Checkers tonight was their powerplay which went 1/7 and allowed a shorthanded goal to be scored, leading eventually to a 3-0 Rampage lead near the end of the second frame. Sanguinetti was able to break the Rampage’s scoring streak in the third period and snap the 0 for 18 powerplay, beating Markstrom through traffic.
Charlotte had 51 shots on goal tonight, just three shots shy of tying the franchise record of 54, but unfortunately it wasn’t enough and they head to Lake Erie to take on the Monsters on Thursday night.
- Goaltending: Justin Peters made 26 saves out of the 31 shots he faced but ended up with his first defeat of the season against the Rampage. Meanwhile in the other crease across the ice was Jacob Markstrom who saved 49 out of the 51 shots he faced.
- Shots on Goal: Charlotte 11-14-26 (51) San Antonio 14-8-9 (31)
- Power Play Opportunities: Charlotte 1/7 San Antonio 0/4
- Three Stars of the Game:
- Jacob Markstrom – Game-winning goalie (San Antonio)
- John Lee – 1 goal, 1 assist (San Antonio)
- Jared Gomes – 1 goal, 1 assist (San Antonio)