The Checkers continue to make history as they won their sixth game in a row against the Grand Rapids Griffins last night, despite being without eleven of their top twelve scorers.
Justin Peters was able to earn his third shutout in his last four starts in the 1-0 victory against the Griffins last night and Luke Pither would be the lone goal scorer of the game with his first of the season. Along with setting a new franchise record for win-streaks, they were also able to post a new record of fewest shots on goal in a single game, as they threw just 17 shots at the Griffins goaltender Petr Mrazek.
Pither’s goal came from a turnover int he neutral zone which he picked up and raced up the left wing and fired going far post around the half way marker of the first frame.
“I felt good,” said Pither, who scored on his first shot of the game. “I was getting a lot of ice time in Wheeling so my conditioning is good. I feel like I’ve got my speed back and I’m confident with the puck.”(via GoCheckers.com)
The Checkers have instilled a perfect record when playing against the Griffins in taking all six games that they have met up in and are looking keep any blemish off of the record as they take them on in a re-match tonight. However, their current win-streak is the last thing on the team’s minds this week as they face adversity among their team with a dozen players missing to attend training camp with the Hurricanes.
“Right now we’re just looking at the next game,” said Daniels. “I don’t think it’s even been discussed in the locker room.”
- Goaltending: Justin Peters earned his third shutout in four games and his fourth victory in as many starts. He stopped all 28 of the hsots thrown his direction. Petr Mrazek stopped 16 of the 17 shots he faced.
- Shots on Goal: Charlotte 7-6-4 (17) Grand Rapids 14-5-9 (28)
- Three Stars of the Game:
- Justin Peters – shutout victory (Charlotte)
- Luke Pither – 1 goal (Charlotte)
- Petr Mrazek – 27/28 saves (Grand Rapids)