CHECKERS TAKE 1-0 SERIES LEAD OVER TOP-SEEDED PENGUINS
Jon Matsumoto scored a pair of goals as the Checkers take Game 1 win
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CHECKERS TAKE 1-0 SERIES LEAD OVER TOP-SEEDED PENGUINS
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League announced today that defenseman Bryan Helmer of the Oklahoma City Barons has been named the 2010-11 winner of the Fred T. Hunt Memorial Award as the AHL player who best exemplifies the qualities of sportsmanship, determination and dedication to hockey.
PALMIERI’S HAT TRICK TOO MUCH FOR CHECKERS
Charlotte 2-1-0 on current four-game trip
SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Paced by Kyle Palmieri’s second hat trick of the season and four straight goals in the second period, the Syracuse Crunch defeated the Charlotte Checkers, 6-2, at War Memorial at Oncenter.
POGGE’S EIGHTH STRAIGHT ROAD WIN LIFTS CHECKERS OVER DEVILS
Samson becomes first AHL player to 20 goals this season
ALBANY, N.Y. – The Charlotte Checkers benefitted from another solid performance by goaltender Justin Pogge as they doubled up the Albany Devils, 4-2, on Friday evening for their 10th road win in the last 11 tries.
CHECKERS JUMP ADMIRALS WITH LATE COMEBACK
Bowman scores 25 seconds into overtime; Charlotte 9-1-0 in last 10 road games
NORFOLK, Va. – Drayson Bowman scored his fourth of the season, just 25 seconds into overtime, as the Charlotte Checkers defeated the Norfolk Admirals, 4-3, on Thursday to sweep a two-game set. Continue reading
CHECKERS EDGED, 2-1, BY BEARS IN SHOOTOUT THRILLER
Pogge stops 48; Terry extends point streak to six games
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Charlotte Checkers goaltender Justin Pogge made 48 saves and helped his team to extra time, but the Hershey Bears scored twice in the shootout and walked away with a 2-1 victory on Friday evening in Uptown Charlotte. Continue reading
RED HOT CHECKERS DOWN HERSHEY, 5-2
Charlotte wins fifth straight road game; 10-2-2 in November
The win was the fifth straight on the road for the red hot Checkers, who finish the month of November with a record of 10-2-2 and have won seven of their last eight. Continue reading
Hot streak continues; one regulation loss in last 10 games
For the second straight night, the Charlotte Checkers’ offense exploded for six goals as they knocked off the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, 6-5, in front of more than 7,400 fans at Time Warner Cable Arena.
Oskar Osala led the way with four points (1g, 3a), including the game-winning goal at the 2:28 mark of the third period. Jacob Micflikier notched three assists, bringing his point total over the two-game set with Bridgeport to six (3g 3a). Zac Dalpe scored twice to extend his goal-scoring streak to a league-leading five games, while Mike Murphy made 34 saves in the Charlotte net for his fourth win of the season.
With the win, the Checkers are now 6-1-3 in their last 10 games.
Dalpe opened the scoring for the Checkers, 55 seconds into the first period. He received a pass from Micflikier in the neutral zone, stepped over the line and snapped a shot from the high slot that eluded Bridgeport goaltender Kevin Poulin.
Nicolas Blanchard would make it 2-0 Charlotte, at the 12:31 mark of the first period, with his first goal of the season. Zack FitzGerald took a shot from the left point and Blanchard tipped it through the legs of Poulin. Riley Nash picked up the second assist.
Dalpe made it 3-0 Checkers with his second goal of the game, 1:19 later. Osala gained control of the puck behind Bridgeport’s net and made a nifty pass to Dalpe, who buried it from the side of the crease. Micflikier recorded the secondary assist, his second of the game.
Bridgeport scored back-to-back goals at the end of the first and the beginning of the second period to make it 3-2. Tony Romano redirected a pass from Rhett Rakhshani past Murphy before Robin Figren found the back of the net with a wrist shot from the left wing circle.
Jerome Samson then notched his 11th goal of the season, while on the power play, to extend the Charlotte lead to 4-2 at the 12:32 mark of the second period. Samson received a pass from Osala, spun, and fired a shot short-side that beat Poulin cleanly off the post and in.
Riley Nash scored his third of the season to give the Checkers a three-goal lead before Rakhshani replied for Bridgeport, with less than 10 seconds left in the period, to make it 5-3.
The teams traded goals again, early in the third period. Osala scored first as he tipped a Casey Borer point shot by Poulin to give Charlotte a 6-3 lead. Five minutes later, Brandon Svendson swatted home a second-chance opportunity to pull the Sound Tigers back within two. Jeremy Colliton brought Bridgeport within one goal, late in the contest, but it was not enough as the Checkers won, 6-5.
The Checkers (8-7-3) are back in action on Wednesday, Nov. 17 when they host the Adirondack Phantoms at 7 p.m.
Zac Dalpe extended his goal-scoring streak to an AHL season-high five games (6g)…Jerome Samson ranks tied for second in the league in goals (11), tied for first in the league in power play goals (5) and first in the league in shots (92)…Zack FitzGerald leads the league in penalty minutes (75)…The Checkers are 6-1-3 in their last ten games.
Bridgeport Sound Tigers 5 at Charlotte Checkers 6 – Status: Final
Friday, November 12, 2010 – Time Warner Cable Arena
Bridgeport 1 2 2 – 5
Charlotte 3 2 1 – 6
1st Period-1, Charlotte, Dalpe 5 (Micflikier, Osala), 0:55. 2, Charlotte, Blanchard 1 (Nash, FitzGerald), 12:31. 3, Charlotte, Dalpe 6 (Osala, Micflikier), 13:50. 4, Bridgeport, Romano 3 (Rakhshani, Reese), 19:07. Penalties-Borer Cha (hooking), 10:07; Haley Bri (roughing), 15:16.
2nd Period-5, Bridgeport, Figren 4 (Wotton), 2:06. 6, Charlotte, Samson 11 (Osala), 12:32 (PP). 7, Charlotte, Nash 3 (Kennedy, Rodney), 14:22. 8, Bridgeport, Rakhshani 4 (Reese), 19:50. Penalties-Bowman Cha (hooking), 4:41; Kohn Bri (tripping), 10:35; Romano Bri (holding), 16:13; Boychuk Cha (tripping), 17:23; Kohn Bri (slashing), 20:00; Terry Cha (slashing), 20:00.
3rd Period-9, Charlotte, Osala 3 (Borer, Micflikier), 2:28. 10, Bridgeport, Svendsen 1 (Yablonski, Figren), 6:56. 11, Bridgeport, Colliton 1 (Reese), 18:31 (PP). Penalties-Romano Bri (high-sticking), 10:31; Carson Cha (holding), 18:25.
Shots on Goal-Bridgeport 16-9-14-39. Charlotte 8-8-14-30.
Power Play Opportunities-Bridgeport 1 / 4; Charlotte 1 / 4.
Goalies-Bridgeport, Poulin 3-2-0 (30 shots-24 saves); Koskinen 1-4-0 (0 shots-0 saves). Charlotte, Murphy 4-4-2 (39 shots-34 saves).
Referees-Marcus Vinnerborg (45), Geno Binda (22).
Linesmen-Mark Hamlett (81), Alex Stagnone (7).
AND THEY’RE OFF…
The Howard Baldwin era in Hartford hockey has resumed and the infusion of new faces and new energy had a big payoff Saturday night as 7,013 were shown an exciting game and what could be a very solid Hartford Wolf Pack / Connecticut Whale team in a come from behind 4-2 victory at the XL Center.
The Pack dug themselves an early hole going down two-men for 57 seconds on penalties by newcomer Chris McKelvie and veteran Dale Weise 1:03 apart. Charlotte was unable to capitalize on the two man-advantage. But rookie Ryan McDonagh was a bit slow in making a shift change and that created a gap between he and Evgeny Grachev who was back defensively. The space allowed ex-Pack and last year’s ECHL Charlotte Checker, Ethan Graham to make a terrific stretch pass to Jacob Micflikier who came in on a breakaway on Johnson. Micflikier got Johnson to go down early and lifted a backhander over the fallen netminder at 5:39 giving the visitors a 1-0 lead just one second after Weise got out of the penalty box.
The goal made Micflikier the answer to the trivia question, “Who scored the first for goal for the Checkers in their debut as an AHL franchise?”
But Johnson (1-0-0, 24 saves), who was the game’s Second Star, tightened up and was outstanding the rest of the contest stopping several terrific scoring chances including a Stefan Chaput breakaway in the third period when the game was still in question.
The Wolf Pack battled back and tied the score on the first of their two power play goals at 16:55.
Defenseman Zack Fitzgerald took a roughing call at 14:38 and that was followed up by a Jon Matsumoto tripping call at 16:22 which gave the Pack a brief 5-on-3. The Checkers killed went off the Fitzgerald penalty, but veteran Wade Redden made a terrific play near the blue line to keep the puck in the offensive zone and made a pass down to the low right circle to Kris Newbury. The first line center then found Dale Weise all alone just outside the crease and threaded a needle to get him the puck. Weise then deposited it into the upper corner past the Checkers netminder, Mike Murphy (0-1-0, 19 saves) to knot the score.
In the second period, the Wolf Pack settled into what looks like the way they are going to play in 2010-2011. They ground down the Checkers with a lot of hitting, a tenacious forecheck and jumped on opportunities.
Where the Checkers tallied at 5:39 in the first, the Pack scored at 5:49 of the second.
The Pack appear to have a solid forth line this season consisting of Kelsey Tessier on the right, Ryan Garlock in the middle and Chris McKelvie on the left. The trio bore fruit as Tessier got his first AHL point when his wraparound attempt hit Murphy’s pad and bounced right to the left side of the crease. McKelvie was “Johnny-On-The-Spot” and buried his first goal of the season to give the Pack a lead they would not surrender.
After Johnson shut down a power play blast from the slot by Matsumoto, to keep the Pack ahead, newcomer veteran Jeremy Williams, scored what proved to be the game winner. Williams, who had 32 goals last season with Grand Rapids and came to the organization as a free agent over the summer, took a Redden pass just inside the Pack right circle and bolted up the right wing. With Weise coming up the middle with him, Williams blew right past Checker defenseman Casey Borer and then put one over Murphy’s stick for the 3-1 lead.
But Johnson displayed why he is so highly thought of by the Rangers organization as he turned aside two excellent scoring chances with under two minutes to go in the period. After completing his slashing sentence, Johnson stoned Jerome Samson’s breakaway and seconds later simply robbed Jared Staal’s goal scoring attempt with a diving save. Staal is the youngest of four brothers in pro hockey. His brother Marc is a defenseman for the New York Rangers.
As the second period buzzer sounded, Michael Jordan and Justin Soryal got into a dust-up behind the Checkers net. Soryal was sent to the penalty box for roughing for his involvement in the fracas. But this year’s Pack enforcer set the message that this Wolf Pack team wasn’t going to allow any questionable hits against it’s players without answering for it.
The Pack tightened down on the Checkers attackers and didn’t give them much of anything.
Chaput had his shorthanded breakaway at 5:30 after blocking a Nigel Williams shot and getting by the Pack defenseman that Johnson erased for his teammates.
Jeremy Williams went to the penalty box on a holding call at 8:28. On the ensuing power play, after the Pack had stopped the previous six Checker man advantages, left-winger Chris Terry’s pass to the slot found Matsumoto’s stick. The fifth year pro made it a one goal game when his low shot through traffic beat Johnson on the glove side at 9:50.
The best scoring chance the rest of the way came when Murphy devoured a blistering McKelvie breakaway shot with just 1:38 left in the contest.
With 45.9 remaining and Murphy on the bench, Weise had the puck all alone in front and in what looks to be the code of conduct for this year’s team, passed over to Newbury in front of the net. He then deflected it over to captain Dane Byers who tucked it into the left side of the cage for the final score.
As the game ended, Soryal and Nicholas Blanchard gave the fans what they seemed to be craving all game long, a serious fight. Soryal put a pretty solid beating on the 6-3, 205 pounder and he and the team celebrated the win to a rousing response from the fans.
Checkers coach Jeff Daniels summed up his team’s performance after the game saying, “Turnovers cost us the game, especially in the second period. We did some good things late in the third period, but it was too little, too late. And we didn’t capitalize on the 5-on-3 in the first period when we could have left with a 2-0 or 2-1 lead.”
Bruce Berlet, the master of the keyboard, observes and reports at Hartfordwolfpack.com and CTWhale.com. Gerry Cantelon writes at eurohockey.net. Jeff Jacobs took in the game for the Hartford Courant as did Mike Anthony. Could this be an era now where the Courant actually covers the team properly? One can only hope. For the Checkers, you’ll find their perspective at gocheckers.com. Bruce Berlet also wrote The Charlotte Observer story.
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SOUNDS AFTER THE GAME:
Summarizing the game:
On Chad Johnson’s performance:
On Wade Redden’s preformance:
On Special Teams play:
On Dropping the Ceremonial Puck:
On the energy in the building:
Meets the press:
Speaks to Howlings:
On game one:
Talks to the Press:
Thoughts on Game One:
* 7,013 was the official attendance. While it’s not bad considering that the team, only three weeks ago, had sold 500 tickets for this game, it was still the second lowest opening night draw in history.
* Ex-Pack Bobby Sanguinetti was unable to play in this contest as he was still travelling back from Europe after being sent down by the Checkers parent club, the Carolina Hurricanes who ironically, were once owned by Howard Baldwin when they were of course, the Hartford Whalers.
* The opening of the game saw Gerry Swain, a legendary member of the Hartford Whalers and Ken Gernander who is the only Pack player to have his number retired, dropped the ceremonial opening puck.
* The AHL began it’s 75th season Friday night. Interesting that the Rangers Saturday night started their 85th season and Howlings began its fifth covering both.
Byers © – Newbury – Weise
Dupont – Grachev – Zuccarello
Soryal – Wong – Williams
McKelvie – Garlock – Tessier
Redden – Kundratek
Nightingale – McDonagh
Williams – Valentenko
(Assistant Captains Bold and Italicized)
Devin DiDiomete – Lower body – Month
Lee Baldwin – Healthy Scratch
Jyri Niemi – Healthy Scratch
1. HFD – J. Williams
2. HFD – C. Johnson
3. HFD – D. Weise
ON ICE OFFICIALS:
Ryan Fraser (14)
Kevin Redding (16)
Paul Simeon (66)
Sunday the Pack are back in action for the second at 3pm. Bob Crawford is on the air at 2:30pm.
To watch the game live, you can purchased it for $6.99 at AHL-live.
For Ticket information call (860) 548-2000.
Charlotte Checkers 2 at Hartford Wolf Pack 4 – Status: Final
Saturday, October 9, 2010 – XL Center Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Charlotte 1 0 1 – 2
Hartford 1 2 1 – 4
1st Period-1, Charlotte, Micflikier 1 (Matsumoto, Graham), 5:39. 2, Hartford, Weise 1 (Newbury, Redden), 16:55 (PP). Penalties-McKelvie Hfd (goaltender interference), 2:34; Weise Hfd (hooking), 3:38; Fitzgerald Cha (roughing), 14:38; Matsumoto Cha (tripping), 16:22; Garlock Hfd (interference), 18:39.
2nd Period-3, Hartford, McKelvie 1 (Tessier, Garlock), 5:49. 4, Hartford, Williams 1 (Redden), 13:45 (PP). Penalties-Micflikier Cha (charging), 2:14; Zuccarello Hfd (goaltender interference), 8:16; served by Micflikier Cha (bench minor – too many men), 13:21; Valentenko Hfd (holding), 14:48; Samson Cha (slashing), 16:01; Soryal Hfd (roughing), 20:00.
3rd Period-5, Charlotte, Matsumoto 1 (Terry), 9:50 (PP). 6, Hartford, Byers 1 (Newbury, Weise), 19:14 (EN). Penalties-Fitzgerald Cha (hooking, roughing), 3:38; McKelvie Hfd (roughing), 3:38; Williams Hfd (holding), 8:28; Blanchard Cha (fighting), 20:00; Soryal Hfd (roughing, fighting), 20:00.
Shots on Goal-Charlotte 9-10-7-26. Hartford 9-7-7-23.
Power Play Opportunities-Charlotte 1 / 7; Hartford 2 / 6.
Goalies-Charlotte, Murphy 0-1-0 (22 shots-19 saves). Hartford, Johnson 1-0-0 (26 shots-24 saves).
Referees-Ryan Fraser (14).
Linesmen-Kevin Redding (16), Paul Simeon (66).
Charlotte Checkers general manager and head coach Jeff Daniels announced today the team’s 22-man roster to open its inaugural American Hockey League season. Additionally, Bryan Rodney has been named team captain while Zack Fitzgerald and Nick Dodge have been named alternates.
The roster consists of 18 players under NHL contracts with the Carolina Hurricanes and four who are signed by the Checkers.
Brett Bellemore, Casey Borer, Zack Fitzgerald, Ethan Graham, Michal Jordan, Kyle Lawson, Bryan Rodney
Bobby Goepfert, Mike Murphy
Click here for a printable roster, complete with vitals and statistics.
The Checkers will travel to Hartford for their first ever AHL game Saturday against the Wolf Pack. They will then play Springfield Sunday and Portland Monday before returning home to host the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins next Friday, Oct. 15 at Time Warner Cable Arena.
In addition to announcing the roster, the Checkers have also assigned forward Cedric McNicoll to the ECHL’s Florida Everblades.
Fans can catch all the action of this weekend’s games by heading to www.gocheckers.com and clicking the “Listen Live” button. The Checkers’ home opener is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 15 at Time Warner Cable Arena. Season tickets for the inaugural 2010-11 AHL season are now on sale and season ticket packages start as low as $10 per game. Ticket information can be obtained by calling 704-342-4-ICE or visiting www.gocheckers.com.