Tonight the Charlotte Checkers found themselves back in the victory column as they beat the Norfolk Admirals 6-1 for their seventh win in their last eight games, totaling 14 points in the standings.
Marc-Andre Gragnani made his debut back to the Checkers tonight and made his presence known, setting up Riley Nash for a one-timer that would sail past Norfolk’s goaltender and instill a 1-0 victory early on. As the Checkers found themselves on their second power play of the game, Tim Wallace scored on his first game back from being called up to Carolina, putting the Checkers 2/2 on power play opportunities. At the 9:14 marker Chris Terry was able to rip a shot past Deslauriers to put the Checkers up 3-0, a margin that would last through the remaining of the period. To end the first the Checkers were dominating the shot clock holding a 12-8 edge over the Admirals, showing them, they came to play.
The Checkers started the second period with 48 seconds of a power play opportunity overlapping. Unfortunately, their goal-streak came to an end for the power play unit, the period remaining scoreless until 15:58 when defenseman Rasmus Rissanen also made his debut known in assisting on Luke Pither’s second goal of the season. Just under a minute later the Admirals were able to strike back and put themselves on the board as Rod Pelley found a way to beat Peters, taking away any shutout possibility. Heading into the locker room the Checkers were leading the Admirals 4-1 and outshooting them by a margin of 21-19.
At 11:34 as the Checkers found themselves on yet another power play, Luke Pither was able to net his second goal of the game and first multi-point game as a Checker. With 2:20 to go all-star Michal Jordan added to the tallies and instilled the 6-1 lead, further ensuring the victory for Charlotte as the clock winded down.
The Checkers next game is Wednesday where they will face off against the Admirals once again for a face off time set at 7:15pm.
- Goaltending: Justin Peters stopped all but one of the 32 shots he faced, improving to 16-7-1 on the season. Meanwhile Jeff Deslauriers stopped 25 of the 31 shots he faced taking the loss under his belt.
- Shots on Goal: Charlotte 12-9-10 (31) Norfolk 8-11-13 (32)
- Power Play Opportunities: Charlotte 3/5 Norfolk 0/3
- Three Stars of the Game:’
- Luke Pither – 2 goals, 1 assist (Charlotte)
- Riley Nash – 1 goal, 1 assist (Charlotte)
- Tim Wallace – 1 goal, 1 assist (Charlotte)