By KP Kelly, Staff Writer
Although they may not have been in North Carolina, thank goodness for the Charlotte Checkers giving Caniacs some great hockey this past weekend. Charlotte didn’t take home two wins in their back-to-back games in Texas, but they did walk away with three points.
The Checkers took on Houston Saturday night in the season opener and won 3-1 with Justin Peters guarding the crease. Peters skillfully managed 28 shots on goal while Charlotte fired 38 attempts at goalie Matt Hackett. Tim Wallace, Chris Terry, and Jerome Samson scored for Charlotte. Justin Faulk had an assist on all three goals, in addition to Zach Boychuk, Rasmus Rissanen, and Brett Sutter each lending a helper.
Sunday evening didn’t fare as well as Charlotte gave up a 2 goal lead to the Aeros in the third period only to fall in a nine round shootout 3-4. Samson was the only Checkers player to find the back of the net against Jack Campbell. Jordie Benn ended the shooting parade to squeeze one past Dan Ellis. Ellis did make an impressive 39 saves in his debut.
During regulation, Boychuk had an unassisted goal and Riley Nash and Bobby Sanguinetti each had power play goals. Mr. Boychuk also earned two helpers in the contest.
- Zach Boychuk dominated with four points (1g, 3a)
- Justin Faulk continues to excel and skated away with three points (3a)
- Jerome Samson had a goal and the only shootout success on Sunday
Both Justin Peters and Dan Ellis were strong in the crease with a collaborative 66 saves and Coach Jeff Daniels earned kudos with his evident work on the penalty kill.
Charlotte returns to the ice on Friday to face the Norfolk Admirals. The Checkers also announced the kickoff of their 15 days of giving on October 20th in tradition with their strong community outreach. It concludes on November 3rd with a skate with the players at Extreme Ice Center to benefit the Special Olympics. Hope to see you there!
Let’s Go Checkers!