Tonight the Charlotte Checkers took on the Oklahoma City Barons in the second meeting of the past two days, tying a franchise record last night as they surged to a 7-0 shutout. Tonight’s game played out a little differently as members of the Checkers were called up to participate in the Hurricanes training camp that starts tomorrow. Despite having newcomers on the bench, Justin Peters helped lead the Checkers to a 4-3 victory over the Barons, collecting their second win of the weekend.
The Checkers played without Zach Boychuk, Drayson Bowman, Jeremy Welsh, Tim Wallace, Bobby Sanguinetti and Dan Ellis. Despite valiant efforts from Zac Dalpe and Justin Peters in the past few contests for the Checkers, the Hurricanes opted to leave them in Charlotte. While it came as a shock to many, it wasn’t too surprising considering the shortened amount of time the coaching staff have to put their lines together and make decisions.
Right off the back Riley Nash put the Checkers on the board with a power play goal past Yann Danis, a lead that would last through the first period and into the first 44 seconds of the second when the Barons would tie it up. The goal was banked in past Peters, ending his 144 minute shutout streak. After a recovery the Barons were able to take their first lead of the game, showing they had some pep in their step, something that was lacking last night and played in favor of Charlotte. They then added an insurance goal a few minutes later, putting the score 3-1 in favor of the Barons. However, Brett Sutter, in his first game back from suspension, inched the Checkers within one once again as he scored the final tally of the second frame, the Barons holding a 23-11 edge in shots.
For the third period play moved back and forth pretty fluidly, each team having golden opportunities, but not able to convert. It would be within the last 2 minutes and 28 seconds that AJ Jenks picked up the loose puck and tied the game at three to send it into overtime. The Checkers found themselves on the powerplay just 18 seconds in as Cornet took a holding penalty and 31 seconds later Chris Terry was able to seal the deal for Charlotte, instilling a 4-game win streak.
The Checkers now hop on a bus to gear up for their next game tomorrow at 6:05pm in Houston to take on the Aeros.
- Goaltending: Justin Peters saved 32 of the 35 shots he faced and earned himself his fourth consecutive win for the Checkers. Yann Danis saved 15 of the 19 shots he faced and lost the third straight game for the Barons.
- Shots on Goal: Charlotte 6-5-4-4 (19) Oklahoma 10-13-12-0 (35)
- Power Play Opportunities: Charlotte 2/3 Oklahoma 1/4
- Three Stars of the Game:
- Chris Terry – 1 goal (Charlotte)
- Zac Dalpe – 2 assists (Charlotte)
- Josh Green – 2 assists (Oklahoma)