Category: Checkers

The Charlotte Checkers went 2-for-2 on the power play in the first period on their way to a 5-0 win over the Peoria Rivermen on Saturday night at Carver Arena in front of 6,899 fans. The Rivermen season will conclude on Sunday when they host the Milwaukee Admirals at 5:05 p.m. Charlotte opened the scoring at 11:19 of the first on Justin Shugg‘s seventh goal of the year. Matt Beca fired a shot from the point that deflected off the leg of Shugg and past Paul Karpowich. Later in the period, the Checkers had another successful power play. Brett Sutter threw the puck into the crease, where Zac Dalpe redirected the puck into the back of the net for his 19th goal of the season at 17:03 to give Charlotte a 2-0 lead. Ryan Murphy was also credited with an assist on the goal. In the second period, the Checkers scored two goals within 35 seconds of  each other. Dalpe passed the puck to Zach Boychuk, who scored his 23rd goal of the season from the left circle at 10:56 to push their lead to 3-0. Justin Krueger also assisted on the goal. Afterwards, Matt Marquardt sent a pass to Jeremy Welsh. Welsh hit a one-timer past Karpowich for his 15th goal of the year at 11:31 to give Charlotte a 4-0 advantage. Shugg earned his second point of the game with an assist on the goal. After the Rivermen were unable to convert on multiple power plays in the third period, Sutter danced around the Rivermen defense for his 19th goal this season at 11:52. Left winger Chris Terry assisted on the final goal of the game, which gave Charlotte it’s 5-0 win. Goal keeper Rob Madore stopped all 35 Rivermen shot’s on goal for the shutout.

-Bob


Down 3-0 with five minutes remaining, it would have been easy for the playoff-bound Charlotte Checkers to pack it in and continue their road trip. Their captain, Brett Sutter, had other ideas. In exactly 5:49 of game time, Sutter scored two goals and two assists, including the overtime winner, to cap a hugely improbable 4-3 comeback over the Peoria Rivermen on Tuesday night at Carver Arena. In danger of being shut out one minute, the Checkers now carry a five-game point streak (2-0-3) into their final two games of the season. Sutter’s outburst tied the franchise record for most points in a single game, something he himself had achieved twice earlier this season. After starting the rally himself with a wraparound goal with 4:48 left in regulation, he had the primary helpers on goals by Justin Shugg and Zach Boychuk before doing the honors himself with a sharp-angle rocket just 1:01 into the extra session. John Muse, making his second consecutive start in goal, made 25 saves. Rivermen goalie Mike McKenna, whose 50 saves that night are still tied for the most made by any goaltender in the AHL this season, was up to his old tricks on Tuesday as part of a 43-save showing. Goals by T.J. Hensick in the first period and Nathan Longpre in the second period looked as though they would be enough support, with Evgeny Grachev’s goal to give the Rivermen a 3-0 lead with 5:23 remaining seeming to put the game out of Charlotte’s reach.

-Bob

Captain Brett Sutter’s first career hat trick and Justin Peters’ 19-save shutout propelled the Charlotte Checkers to a 6-0 win over the Peoria Rivermen at Carver Arena, improving their league-best record to 6-1-1. Drayson Bowman set a new team record by scoring a goal for the sixth consecutive game, with Zach Boychuk and Nicolas Blanchard rounding out the scoring for Charlotte. The game also marked the first time the Checkers have posted back-to-back shutouts, with Dan Ellis keeping a clean sheet in Saturday’s 4-0 win against the Rivermen. The Checkers have not allowed a goal since the second period of Friday’s game in Grand Rapids, a span of nearly 159 minutes. Charlotte outshot the Rivermen 35-19 while going 2-for-2 on the power play. Click here for final game stats.

-Bob

The Peoria Rivermen set a season high with 47 shots on goal and built a 5-0 lead on their way to a easy  5-2 win over the Charlotte Checkers on Saturday night in front of 7,306 at Carver Arena. A total of 13 different Rivermen recorded at least a point as they defeated the AHL Midwest Division leaders in their first visit to Peoria. The Rivs improved to 25-21-2-1 and regained sole possession of third place in the Midwest Division with the win. Ben Bishop stopped 22 of 24 shots on goal in his league-leading 21st win on the campaign while T.J. Hensick and Danny Syvret turned in multi-point efforts. Charlotte’s Jerome Samson spoiled Bishop’s shutout attempt with a goal at 3:11 in the third period and Zach Boychuk finished the scoring at 16:41 with an assist from A.J. Jenks for the Checkers. Click here for complete game statistics.

-Bob

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