The Charlotte Checkers took on the Lake Erie Monsters tonight for the fourth and final meeting of the regular season in hopes of evening the score. As Riley Nash opened up the scoring in the first period, the Checkers were able to soar to a 4-0 victory through sixty minutes of play, Justin Peters earning yet another shutout on the season.
Tonight’s win was the Checkers first victory in their last five games and helped to push them past the Houston Aeros and regain first place in the Division. Peter’s shutout on 23 shots was his third of the season and second in his last six games. Riley Nash opened up the scoring on a delayed penalty after firing a slapshot from the right circle past Millan in the second frame. Despite being on the power play to end the period, the Checkers were unable to bank another one in and went into the third with 43 seconds of powerplay time and a 1-goal advantage.
As the power play expired for Charlotte in the third period, they were presented a two-man advantage to which they were unable to convert. It would appear as though they performed better with delayed penalty calls as Zac Dalpe capitalized on a feed from Chris Terry. It was apparent that the Monsters were getting frazzled as the penalty box filled up in the third period, which easily worked to the Checkers advantage. Zac Dalpe was able to get his second of the night on a power play and Tim Wallace made it 4-0 on a short-handed goal from Riley Nash.
The Checkers next game is Sunday at the RNC in Raleigh to take on the Norfolk Admirals at 1:30pm.
- Goaltending: Justin Peters saved all 23 shots he faced and improved to 12-6-1 on the season. Kieran Millan made 22 saves out of 26 shots and fell to 0-1-0.
- Shots on Goal: Charlotte 7-11-8 (26) Lake Erie 11-7-5 (23)
- Power Play Opportunities: Charlotte 1/5 Lake Erie 0/4
- Three Stars of the Game:
- Zac Dalpe – 2 goals (Charlotte)
- Justin Peters – Game-winning goalie (Charlotte)
- Riley Nash – 1 goal, 2 assists (Charlotte)