With the Checkers playing their first game ever in Raleigh and the lockout coming to an end they were ready to make an impression. An impression that would leave everyone wanting more.
With an abbreviated Hurricanes training camp commencing in a matter of days, the pressure was on for Charlotte players as they set foot on the ice in Raleigh.
“The guys wanted to make a good impression early, and it was just a matter of keeping it up for a full 60 minutes,” said coach Jeff Daniels. “I thought we did that.”
Zac Dalpe opened up the scoring for the Checkers who were trailing 1-0 when he go a shorthanded goal that went five-hole on goaltender Frederik Andersen.
“I’d be lying if I said I was trying to go five-hole. I was trying to go wide, but it went off their defenseman’s leg,” Dalpe told Paul Branecky.
Though the game remained tied at 1 through the rest of the second frame, it would be just the beginning for the Checkers as Chris Terry came from behind the net and beat Andersen to give the Checkers a 2-1 lead. Jerome Samson would add the insurance goal with 2:44 remaining in regulation after receiving a pass from Dalpe right in front of the net and lighting the lamp.
With the Checkers instilling a 2-game win streak in their first game ever in Raleigh, they were sure to make a mark on the 10,256 fans in attendance.
The Checkers next game is Friday, January 11 against the Oklahoma City Barons at 8pm. Expect to see some roster changes for this one as Justin Faulk along with a couple of other players will be called up to take part in the Canes training camp.
- Goaltending: Frederik Andersen made 28 saves on the 31 shots he faced against the Checkers. He fell to 7-9-0 on the season. Dan Ellis made a spectacular 28 saves out of the 29 shots he faced, earning his first win in his last four starts.
- Shots on Goal: Charlotte 11-14-6 (31) Norfolk 11-7-11 (29)
- Power Play Opportunities: Charlotte 0/2 Norfolk: 1/4
- Three Stars of the Game:
- Tim Wallace – 2 assists (Charlotte)
- Zac Dalpe – 1 goal, 1 assist (Charlotte)
- Dan Ellis – game-winning goalie (Charlotte)