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A NEW FACE IN GREENVILLE

GREENVILLE, SC – The Greenville Road Warriors announced today that they have acquired the rights to Ryan Hayes from the Trenton Titans in exchange for the rights to Matt Schepke.

Hayes, 22, is entering his second season of professional hockey in 2011-12. As a rookie with the Trenton Devils last season Hayes posted 50 points (23G, 27A) in 63 games along with 47 penalty minutes. He was the top scoring rookie on the Devils, second overall on the team, and the sixth-highest scoring rookie in the ECHL. A 5-9, 180-pound forward, Hayes attended the New Jersey Devils prospects camp last summer after finishing his junior career with the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League.

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SIGNINGS IN GREENVILLE

Greenville Road WarriorsGREENVILLE, SC The Greenville Road Warriors announced today that they have re-signed last season’s captain, T.J. Reynolds, and former ECHL All-Star Matt Schepke.

Reynolds, 30, returns after patrolling the Road Warriors’ blue line for 71 games last season. In the 2010-11 campaign, Reynolds led the Road Warriors with 206 penalty minutes, 12 major penalties, and 46 minor penalties. His penalty minutes and minor penalties totals were also most among all ECHL defensemen while the 12 majors were fourth. Reynolds also had a productive year points-wise as his 14 assists were the second most of his career and third most among Road Warriors defensemen. He is entering his 10th season of professional hockey and qualifies as a veteran under ECHL rules because he has played in 475 professional games. ECHL teams can have no more than four non-goalie veterans (260 or more regular season professional games) on their roster.

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ROAD WARRIORS END PRESEASON TAKING THE STING OUT OF THE RAYS

Greenville Road Warriors      VERSUS     South Carolina Stingrays

The Greenville Road Warriors wrapped up their pre-season schedule on Tuesday night at home against the South Carolina Stingrays. Over 4,000 fans went home happy thanks to a thrilling 3-2 overtime victory

Feeding off the energy of playing their first game on home ice, the Road Warriors came out strong and took the play to the Stingrays early. Brad Cole brought the crowd to its feet by dropping the gloves with South Carolina’s Matt Scherer just a few minutes into the game. At 5:26 of the first period Andrew Carroll scored the Road Warriors first home goal in their inaugural season. Off a neutral zone faceoff, Mark Voakes drew the puck back to Blake Parlett and the rookie defenseman hit Carroll with a breakaway pass. He was able to beat Stingrays goalie Jared DeMichiel with a deke to the backhand and gave the Road Warriors a 1-0 lead. No other scoring took place and the Road Warriors took the lead into the first intermission.  

South Carolina’s offense woke up in the second period and notched a couple of power play goals. Sandwiched between those goals was a Shane Harper power play goal that left the score tied at two after 40 minutes of play. South Carolina opened the second period scoring at 2:27 as Jake Hauswirth banged a rebound past Dov Grumet-Morris. Dan Eves and Rob Ricci earned assists on the play. Harper’s tally came at 13:34 in the second with Greenville up a skater. Parlett’s slap shot from the blue line missed the net and banged off the boards behind the cage right to Harper on the left wing. He snapped it past DeMichiel for his first pre-season goal and the secondary assist on the play went to Trevor Glass. Trent Campbell tied the game at two with a power play goal of his own at 19:13 in the second. He finished off a two on one with David de Kastrozza.

Neither team was able to capitalize on opportunities in the third period leaving the score tied at two. South Carolina was given a power play opportunity at 2:45 when Matt Schepke went off for tripping, but were unable to capitalize on the chance. Igor Gongalsky gave the Road Warriors some momentum when he fought South Carolina’s Dylan Yeo at 7:11 in the third period. Greenville used that momentum to outshoot South Carolina 14-6 over the final frame. De Michiel was able to stand his ground despite the barrage and forced overtime.

Greenville began the overtime frame on a power play thanks to Scherer’s holding minor at 19:33 in the third. The Road Warriors couldn’t score on the power play, but shortly after it expired Brendan Connolly stole the puck from Dustin Stevenson at the side of the South Carolina net. A quick shot by Connolly surprised De Michiel and ended up in the net for the game winner at the 3:08 mark of overtime.

Grumet-Morris posted 26 saves in earning the victory while the Road Warriors went 1-for-7 on the power play and 4-for-6 on the penalty kill.

Mark your calendars! The Road Warriors play their inaugural home game on Thursday, October 21 at 7:05 p.m. against the Florida Everblades. Magnet schedules will be given away to every fan in attendance as part of that night’s festivities. Season ticket packages, group tickets, and individual tickets remain for the home opener. For more information on Road Warriors ticket options visit www.greenvilleroadwarriors.com or call 864-674-PUCK.

ROAD WARRIORS COME UP SHORT

Florida Everblades     VERSUS     Greenville Road Warriors

EVERBLADES PICK UP WILD 6-5 WIN OVER GREENVILLE

 

 

The Florida Everblades picked up a 6-5 victory over the Greenville Road Warriors on Friday night at Germain Arena in the first pre-season action of the 2010-11 season.

A wild third period saw the two teams combine for five goals after entering the frame tied at three. Trevor Hendrikx started the third period scoring barrage for the Everblades with a shot off a face off at 7:44 of the frame to give Florida the 4-3 edge.

Greenville’s Matt Schepke answered with his second goal of the night at 11:05 on a long slap shot from the blue line that beat Everblades goalie Brian Markowicz on the stick side, evening the score at four. Less than a minute and a half later Alex Imbeault gave the Everblades back the lead with a quick wrist shot from the right circle that beat Road Warriors net minder Dov Grumit-Morris over the glove at 12:26.

Leading by a goal the Everblades saw Greenville battle back once more to tie the game just 30 seconds later when Sean Berkstresser’s wrist shot from the top of the right circle ticked off the tip of Markowicz’s glove and dropped into the net.

Once again however the Everblades persevered and Vladimir Nikiforov netted the eventual game winner at 15:21 on a nice effort after taking a pass from Francis Lemieux. Nikiforov was able to lift a shot past Grumit-Morris from his knees at the left side of the net.

Prior to the wild third period, the Everblades took a 2-1 lead into the first intermission after tallying a pair of quick goals by Mike McKenzie and Mitch Fadden late in the frame. Those goals came in response to a quick start by Greenville who scored just 1:21 into the game on a breakaway goal by Paul MacDougall.

In the second period, the Road Warriors picked up two quick goals midway through the frame by Steve Ward on a 5-on-3 power play and Schepke just over a minute and a half apart, but Bobby Raymond’s goal with 44 seconds left in the middle stanza evened the score at three.

Raymond’s tally which came off one of two assists by McKenzie, was a quick one-time snap shot from the left circle that sailed past Grumit-Morris.

In goal Markowicz picked up the win stopping 29 of 34 shots, while Grumit-Morris took the loss allowing the six goals on 31 shots.

On the power play, the Everblades finished the night 1-of-8, while Greenville closed out the game 2-of-8.

2010-11 Florida Everblades season ticket packages are available now! For just $66 you can get your piece of the action for next season! The Everblades begin the 2010-11 season on Friday, October 15 when they host the Gwinnett Gladiators at 7:30 p.m. from Germain Arena. Visit www.floridaeverblades.com and www.germainarena.com for more information on ticket packages, pricing and upcoming Germain Arena events.

The Everblades return to action on tomorrow night when they host the Greenville Road Warriors at 7:00 from Germain Arena in their second and final pre-season action.

3 Stars:

1 – Mike McKenzie – FLA

2 – Vladimir Nikiforov – FLA

3 – Bobby Raymond – FLA

IT TAKES TWO

Charlotte Checkers     VERSUS     Cincinatti Cyclones

CHECKERS EDGED BY CYCLONES IN GAME 5 THRILLER

Rookie Netminder Smith Stops 32 Of 33 In 2-1 Victory; Cincinnati Leads Series 3-2

You’ve heard of the rule of threes? The Charlotte Checkers are in a rule of twos.

Had the team scored two more they would not have gone down in a 2-1 defeat to the Cincinnati Cyclones at US Bank Arena Saturday night off another standout performance by Cyclones rookie goaltender Jeremy Smith (32saves, 29-18-1). Clearly if this series is won by the Cyclones they will have Smith to thank for it as the rookie has looked more like an NHL netminder than one in the East Coast League.

The team now needs to win the next two in order to advance to the American Conference final to take on the waiting Reading Royals.

Ryan Munce has not exactly been chopped liver between the Checkers’ net either. Munce (20 saves, 31-18-2) was also strong in the early part of the first period making several point blank saves when Jared Nightingale took a boarding call just 1:54 into the contest.

Munce kept the puck out of the Charlotte twine on the resulting power play, but the Checkers caught a huge break when Cyclones forward and leading scorer Barret Ehgoetz had a chance to open the scoring but missed a wide open net.

Minutes later, the Checkers had a golden opportunity of their own. With Brock Sheehan already in the sin bin on a Tripping minor, Checkers defenseman Julien Brouillette was cross-checked to the ice by Ryan Del Monte. Charlotte rode 51-second a 5-on-3 man advantage, but Smith kept the Checkers off the scoresheet.

Charlotte then got on the board, scoring first for the third time in their last four road games. Matt Schepke, on a 2-on-1 off-man-rush with Aaron Slattengren, broke down the right wing. When he came to the same spot he scored from in Game Four, Schepke faked the shot, but this time passed to a streaking Slattengren who banged it home from the far post. The goal came at the 15:46 mark of the first period and was the winger’s second of the playoffs.

It would be the Checkers only scoring success of the night.

The Cyclones would tie it up with less than a minute to play in the first period on a goal by Hans Benson. Ryan Del Monte dragged the puck wide around a Checkers defender down low and fed a pass in front to Benson who chipped it into the top corner.

Late in the second period, Cincinnati took a 2-1 lead on a delayed penalty call to Charlotte. Ehgoetz fired a pass up to the far blueline to Dustin Sproat who beat a defender and skated in alone on Munce then stalled and slid it past the diving Checkers netminder.

Both teams came out with something to prove in the third period and exchanged scoring chances early. Munce stopped a Cyclones 2-on-1 in the first minute before Smith countered with an impressive glove save on a shorthanded chance by Charlotte.

With four minutes to play, Schepke had the game on his stick as he circled the net and seemed to have a wide open top corner to shoot at. Smith, however, raised his stick and deflected the puck away with the paddle to keep it a 2-1 game.

The Checkers pulled Munce for the extra attacker with less than a minute to play and immediately went on the attack. Trevor Hendrikx threw the puck on net and but it hopped over the stick of Mike Taylor who was parked in the crease. Cincinnati then iced the puck, resulting in an offensive-zone faceoff for Charlotte. The Checkers won the draw and continued to throw everything they could at the Cyclones’ net but could not beat Smith as the rookie withstood the barrage of Checkers’ attempts but shut the door, earning the 2-1 victory.

Cincinnati now leads the series 3-2 with Game 6 to be played Tuesday in Charlotte starting at 7pm.

If you’re a little on the superstitious side, the Checkers are going to need to come up with TWO more to keep their season alive.

Tickets are now on sale and information can be obtained by calling 704-342-4-ICE or visiting www.gocheckers.com/playoffs.


GAME SUMMARY and OFFICIAL SCORERS SHEET


NOTES:

* Charlotte is 11-2 in its last 13 home games

* The Checkers are the ECHL affiliate of the Colorado Avalanche (Lake Erie Monsters) and the New York Rangers (Hartford Wolf Pack). Cincinnati is the NHL affiliate of the Nashville Predators (Milwaukee Admirals)  and the Montreal Canadiens (Hamilton Bulldogs).

* Aaron Slattengren leads the Checkers with nine points (2g, 7a) in the playoffs

* Matt Schepke is on a four-game point streak (4g, 2a)…

* Charlotte clinched its first division title and #1 conference seed in franchise history heading into the playoffs

* Ryan Munce led the ECHL in save percentage (.913), was third in wins (26) and was named ECHL Goaltender of the Month for March

* Andrew Carroll led the Checkers this season with 30 goals, including six game winners


LINES:

Taylor – Leveille ©Slattengren
Rowe – Doig – Marshall
Roche – Carroll – Stefanishion
Schepke

Nightingale – Brouillette 
Urquhart – Reynolds
Hendrikx – Ward

Munce
Zemlak


(Assistant Captains Bold and Italicized)


SCRATCHES:
Mike Bartlett – Recall with Milwaukee Admirals
Mike Berube – Healthy Scratch
Brock Bradford – Healthy Scratch
Kevin Schaeffer – Healthy Scratch
Daniel Tkaczuk – Upper Body Injury


THREE STARS

1. CIN – D. Sproat
2. CIN – J. Smith
3. CIN – R. Del Monte


ON-ICE OFFICALS:

Referee:
Geno Binda (15)

Linesmen:
Mike Hamilton (80)
Matt Macpherson (83)


NEXT GAME:

It’s win-or-go-home for the Checkers Tuesday night and Jason Shaya and Chris Snavely will be on the microphone calling the action for Game Six from the Time Warner Cable Arena starting at 7pm.

For live in-game coverage from your cell phone or computer, we’ll have the action for you at www.twitter.com/howlingstoday.

You can always buy tickets for any Checkers game home or away at Ticketmaster.com.

Should you want to watch this very exciting team from the comfort of your computer chair, all Checkers games are available on B2Live.


SCORE-SHEET:

Charlotte Checkers 1 At Cincinnati Cyclones 2 – Status: Final

Apr 24, 2010 – U.S. Bank Arena

Charlotte 1 0 0 – 1

Cincinnati 1 1 0 – 2

1st Period-1, Charlotte, Slattengren 2 (Schepke), 15:46. 2, Cincinnati, Benson 1 (Del Monte, Lacroix), 19:09. Penalties-Nightingale Chr (boarding), 1:54; Sheahan Cin (tripping), 6:53; Del Monte Cin (cross-checking), 8:02; Roche Chr (interference), 16:32; Benson Cin (roughing), 19:09.

2nd Period-3, Cincinnati, Sproat 3 (Ehgoetz, Jozsa), 17:08. Penalties-Benson Cin (interference on the goalkeeper), 1:24; Carroll Chr (hooking), 3:33; Reynolds Chr (cross-checking), 7:22; Rowe Chr (roughing), 10:26; Eddy Cin (tripping), 14:52.

3rd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Leveille Chr (hooking), 3:04; Benson Cin (cross-checking), 8:39.

Shots on Goal-Charlotte 7-11-15-33. Cincinnati 12-3-7-22.

Power Play Opportunities-Charlotte 0 of 6; Cincinnati 0 of 6.

Goalies-Charlotte, Munce 5-4-0-0 (22 shots-20 saves). Cincinnati, Smith 6-3-1-0 (33 shots-32 saves).

A-3,813

CHECKERS REPEL CYCLONES TO EVEN SERIES

Charlotte Checkers     VERSUS     Cincinatti Cyclones

 

CHECKERS EVEN SERIES WITH 4-1 WIN OVER CYCLONES

Schepke Scores Twice As Charlotte Ties Conference Semifinal Series 2-2

The Charlotte Checkers responded with their best hockey in desperate times and bounced back from Wednesday’s Game 3 shellacking with a dominating 4-1 victory Friday night against the Cincinnati Cyclones at the US Bank Arena.

With the win, the Checkers even the American Conference Semifinal series at 2-2 with Game 5 to be played Saturday in Cincinnati and guarantee themselves at least one more home game Tuesday night at the Time Warner Cable Arena.

Charlotte outshot Cincinnati 31-19 and carried the play for the better part of the game. Ryan Munce (18 saves, 31-17-2) redeemed himself after Wednesday poor showing. Offensively, Matt Schepke led his teammates notching two goals.

Cyclones goaltender Jeremy Smith (27 saves, 28-18-1) was outstanding throughout the game. Smith kept his teammates in the game making one spectacular save after another, but could not hold off the more determined visitors. His best save came on a sliding pad save with the Checkers pressing on the power play early in the first period. The Checkers were relentless firing everything they could at the rookie netminder and put nine of the game’s first 10 shots on the Cyclones goal.

With just 46 ticks of the clock to go in the first frame, the Checkers finally broke through when Schepke advanced the puck with speed down the right wing with David Marshall on a 3-on-1 odd man rush and fired a wrist shot into the top corner of the net past Smith.

Emotions began to take over as the period came to a climax as tempers flared resulting in several unsportsmanlike conduct penalties and a fight between Charlotte’s Andrew Carroll and Cincinnati’s Ryan Del Monte. Carroll, who as a rookie has been the Checkers leading goal scorer with thirty, leads the ECHL with three postseason fighting majors to go along with his three goals.

But the Cyclones were not just going to go off into that good night. Seven minutes into the second period, Cyclones forward Brett Robinson picked up the puck at his own blueline off of a Charlotte turnover and broke in alone on a shorthanded breakaway. He was then hauled down and awarded a penalty shot. On the free attempt, Robinson faked the shot and slid the puck between Munce’s legs to tie the game at 1-1.

Minutes later the Checkers were handed back-to-back penalties, first to Kenny Roche for a hooking call and then to Carroll on a lazy tripping call, and were forced to kill off a 5-on-3 Cincinnati power play. Munce stood on his head making several point blank stops while the Charlotte defenders held their ground and got in the lanes blocking shots to keep it a tie game.

Checkers forwards Marshall and Schepke entered the Cyclones’ zone just minutes after killing off their shorthanded disadvantage and came on another odd-man rush, this of the 2-on-1 variety. This time though, Smith shut the door with an acrobatic pad save.

The Checkers would break the deadlock with 4:55 remaining in the second frame on a goal by Trevor Hendrikx. Michel Leveille got the play started first with a solid play keeping the puck in the Cyclones’ zone and dished a pass over to Mike Taylor. Taylor then got the puck back to Hendrikx on the left point and fired a wrist shot past Smith’s glove for his second of the post season.

After two periods, the Checkers held a 22-11 shot advantage and seemed in total control of the game.

But as they continue to show in this series, the Checkers are not laying back. Early in the third Charlotte upped their forecheck pressure and fired shot after shot at Smith. The Cyclones best player stood his ground and kept it a one-goal game.

But the pressure coming from Charlotte was more than Cincinnati could handle as the Checkers took a 3-1 lead. Randy Rowe chipped the puck down low to Carroll who backhanded a pass to Schepke in the high slot. Smith came out to challenge the shot but Schepke would tally his second of the contest with a shot that beat the rookie five-hole. The goal came at the 8:57 mark of the third period.

Exactly one minute later, Jared Nightingale made it a 4-1 game when he blasted a slap shot from the point that deflected off a Cincinnati defender and into the back of the net.

The Checkers withstood a great many cheap shots and aggression by Cincinnati and stayed smart and composed to hold on for the 4-1 victory.

These two teams will meet again Saturday night in the pivotal Game 5. Should the Checkers win they would have two shots at Time Warner Cable Arena to advance to face Reading in the conference final.

Tickets for Game 6 Tuesday night in Charlotte will go on sale Saturday afternoon. Information can be obtained by calling 704-342-4-ICE or visiting www.gocheckers.com/playoffs.


GAME SUMMARY and OFFICIAL SCORERS SHEET


PENALTY SHOTS
  Cincinnati
 
# Shooter # Goaltender Period Time Goal? Rule
76 Brett Robinson 1 Ryan Munce 2nd 7:44 Yes 55.5

 


NOTES:

* Charlotte is 11-2 in its last 13 home games

* The Checkers are the ECHL affiliate of the Colorado Avalanche (Lake Erie Monsters) and the New York Rangers (Hartford Wolf Pack). Cincinnati is the NHL affiliate of the Nashville Predators (Milwaukee Admirals)  and the Montreal Canadiens (Hamilton Bulldogs).

* Mike Taylor (5g, 3a), David Marshall (4g, 4a), Andrew Carroll (3g, 5a) and Aaron Slattengren (1g, 7a) all lead the Checkers with eight points each

* Matt Schepke is on a three-game goal streak (4g)

* Charlotte clinched its first division title and #1 conference seed in franchise history heading into the playoffs

* Ryan Munce led the ECHL in save percentage (.913), was third in wins (26) and was named ECHL Goaltender of the Month for March

* Andrew Carroll led the Checkers this season with 30 goals, including six game winners


LINES:

Taylor – Leveille ©Slattengren
Rowe – Doig – Marshall
Roche – Carroll – Stefanishion
Schepke

Nightingale – Brouillette 
Urquhart – Reynolds
Hendrikx – Ward

Munce
Zemlak


(Assistant Captains Bold and Italicized)


SCRATCHES:
Mike Bartlett – Recall with Milwaukee Admirals
Mike Berube – Healthy Scratch
Brock Bradford – Healthy Scratch
Kevin Schaeffer – Healthy Scratch
Daniel Tkaczuk – Upper Body Injury


THREE STARS

1. CHR – M. Schepke
2. CHR – T. Hendrikx
3. CHR – M. Leveille


ON-ICE OFFICALS:

Referee:
Tim Mayer (11)

Linesmen:
Mike Hamilton (80)
Matt Macpherson (83)


NEXT GAME:

Jason Shaya and Chris “The Greek” Snavely will call the series most pivotal fifth game from the US Bank Arena starting at 7:30pm.

For live in-game coverage from your cell phone or computer, we’ll have the action for you at www.twitter.com/howlingstoday.

You can always buy tickets for any Checkers game home or away at Ticketmaster.com.

Should you want to watch this very exciting team from the comfort of your computer chair, all Checkers games are available on B2Live.


SCORE-SHEET:

Charlotte Checkers 4 At Cincinnati Cyclones 1 – Status: Final
Apr 23, 2010 – U.S. Bank Arena

Charlotte 1 1 2 – 4
Cincinnati 0 1 0 – 1

1st Period-1, Charlotte, Schepke 3   19:14. Penalties-Kilpatrick Cin (delay of game), 1:03; Carroll Chr (fighting – major), 17:01; Del Monte Cin (fighting – major), 17:01; Slattengren Chr (hooking), 19:43; Brouillette Chr (unsportsmanlike conduct), 19:59; Aubin Cin (unsportsmanlike conduct), 19:59; Reynolds Chr (unsportsmanlike conduct), 20:00; Lacroix Cin (unsportsmanlike conduct), 20:00.

2nd Period-2, Cincinnati, Robinson 3   7:44 (ps). 3, Charlotte, Hendrikx 2 (Taylor, Leveille), 15:05. Penalties-Del Monte Cin (high-sticking), 6:19; Roche Chr (hooking), 9:53; Carroll Chr (tripping), 10:45; Lacroix Cin (tripping), 11:59; Sproat Cin (hooking), 18:30.

3rd Period-4, Charlotte, Schepke 4 (Carroll, Rowe), 8:57. 5, Charlotte, Nightingale 1 (Slattengren, Leveille), 9:57. Penalties-Stefanishion Chr (holding), 3:08; Marshall Chr (fighting – major), 10:20; O’Hanley Cin (fighting – major), 10:20; Doig Chr (roughing), 10:52; Jozsa Cin (roughing), 10:52; Robinson Cin (slashing ), 10:52.

Shots on Goal-Charlotte 11-11-9-31. Cincinnati 4-8-7-19.
Power Play Opportunities-Charlotte 0 of 5; Cincinnati 0 of 4.
Goalies-Charlotte, Munce 5-3-0-0 (19 shots-18 saves). Cincinnati, Smith 5-3-1-0 (31 shots-27 saves).
A-3,250

CHECKERS BLOWN OFF THE BOARD BY CYCLONES

Charlotte Checkers     VERSUS     Cincinatti Cyclones

CYCLONES STORM PAST CHECKERS IN GAME 3

Cincinnati Scores Six Straight To Down Charlotte 9-5

The Charlotte Checkers came from a goal down twice and wasted two one-goal leads of their own before succumbing to a flurry of six straight goals in less than 20 minutes to drop a 9-5 decision to the Cincinnati Cyclones in Game 3 on Wednesday evening before 2009 at the U.S. Bank Arena in Ohio.

The victory gives Cincinnati a 2-1 series lead for the right to face the Reading Royals in the American Conference Finals. Cincinnati will again host the Checkers Friday and Saturday night.

Rookie forward Andrew Carroll scored a goal and added two helpers for the Checkers in a losing effort.

Cincinnati jumped out to an early lead during a first period power play when Maxime Lacroix buried a rebound of a Brett Motherwell point shot. Lacroix’s first of two on the night came just 2:11 into the first period.

Just over a minute later, Aaron Slattengren evened the score at 1-1 when he ripped a shot past Cyclones netminder Jeremy Smith (37 saves, 23-15-0) on the power play. Randy Rowe and Trevor Hendrikx picked up assists on the play.

Cincinnati then took its second lead of the game on a goal by leading scorer Barret Ehgoetz. A turnover in the Checkers’ end allowed Dustin Sproat to break in alone on Ryan Munce(12 saves, 26-14-2). The Checkers starter in the pipes then poked the puck away but Ehgoetz was there to bang home the rebound.

Midway through the period, Charlotte went to work on the power play again and tied the game when Tyler Doig skated out from corner and fired a wrist shot into the top corner over the glove of Smith.

The Checkers then took their first lead of the game when Matt Stefanishion blasted a one-timer from the side wall that found the back of the net. The goal came at 1:35 of the second and was assisted by Doig and Carroll.

Cincinnati defenseman Doug Krantz tied at 3-3 with a shot from the top of the circle before Charlotte went ahead again on a goal by Carroll. The Checkers rookie won the faceoff back to David Marshall then grabbed the loose puck, spun around and fired it home for his third of the playoffs.

From there it was all Cyclones as they exploded for six goals in less than 20 minutes.

Ryan Del Monte started the onslaught when he beat Munce on the blocker side from the right wing side and Lacroix scored his second of the game, 37 seconds later, on a shorthanded 2-on-1.

Cincinnati added two more quick goals, 20 seconds apart, early in the third. Ian McKenzie beat Munce on the short side with a wrist shot before Jimmy Kilpatrick picked up a loose puck in front and stuffed it home. The goal made it 7-4 in favor of the Cyclones and brought Garrett Zemlak into the game in relief of Munce.

Mathieu Aubin made it 8-4 when he tipped home a point shot on the power play and Brett Robinson added another shorthanded tally for Cincinnati with less than five minutes to play.

Matt Schepke added a late goal for the Checkers but it wasn’t enough as the Cyclones walked away with the 9-5 victory.

Charlotte (4-2) will host Cincinnati again on Tuesday, Apr. 27 and Wednesday, Apr. 28, if necessary. Ticket information can be obtained by calling 704-342-4-ICE or visiting www.gocheckers.com/playoffs.

 

GAME SUMMARY and OFFICIAL SCORERS SHEET

 
 

NOTES:

* Charlotte is 11-2 in its last 13 home games

* David Marshall leads the Checkers with eight points (4g, 4a) while Mike Taylor leads the team with five goals

* Marshall is on a five-game point streak (4g, 2a)

* Charlotte clinched its first division title and #1 conference seed in franchise history heading into the playoffs

* Ryan Munce led the ECHL in save percentage (.913), was third in wins (26) and was named ECHL Goaltender of the Month for March

* Andrew Carroll led the Checkers this season with 30 goals, including six game winners

 
 

LINES:

Roche – Leveille ©Slattengren
Doig – Carroll – Stefanishion
Rowe – Taylor – Marshall
Schepke

Schaeffer – Brouillette 
Nightingale – Reynolds
Hendrikx – Ward

Munce
Zemlak
 

(Assistant Captains Bold and Italicized)


 SCRATCHES:
Mike Bartlett – Recall with Milwaukee Admirals
Mike Berube – Healthy Scratch
Brock Bradford – Healthy Scratch
Dave Urquhart – Healthy Scratch
Daniel Tkuczak – Undisclosed Injury

 


THREE STARS

1. CIN – M. Lacroix
2. CIN – B. Ehgoetz
3. CHR – A. Carroll



ON-ICE OFFICALS:
Referee:
Keith Kaval (20)

Linesmen:
Ray King (39)
Matt Macpherson (83)

 

NEXT GAME:

Jason Shaya and Chris Snavely will call Games Four and Five at the US Bank Arena starting at 7:30pm. Game four is a must win for the Checkers.

For live in-game coverage from your cell phone or computer, we’ll have the action for you at www.twitter.com/howlingstoday.

You can always buy tickets for any Checkers game home or away at Ticketmaster.com.

Should you want to watch this very exciting team from the comfort of your computer chair, all Checkers games are available on B2Live.

 

SCORE-SHEET

 

Charlotte Checkers 5 At Cincinnati Cyclones 9 – Status: Final

Apr 21, 2010 – U.S. Bank Arena

Charlotte 2 2 1 – 5

Cincinnati 2 3 4 – 9

1st Period-1, Cincinnati, Lacroix 2 (Motherwell, Kilpatrick), 2:11 (pp). 2, Charlotte, Slattengren 1 (Rowe, Hendrikx), 3:15 (pp). 3, Cincinnati, Ehgoetz 5 (Sproat), 7:35. 4, Charlotte, Doig 1 (Carroll, Brouillette), 8:59 (pp). Penalties-Slattengren Chr (hooking), 1:54; Benson Cin (roughing), 2:35; Stefanishion Chr (roughing), 3:31; Jozsa Cin (delay of game), 7:43; Taylor Chr (hooking), 13:11.

2nd Period-5, Charlotte, Stefanishion 3 (Doig, Carroll), 1:35. 6, Cincinnati, Krantz 1 (Aubin, O’Hanley), 3:05. 7, Charlotte, Carroll 3 (Marshall, Schepke), 5:11. 8, Cincinnati, Del Monte 1 (Benson, O’Hanley), 18:21. 9, Cincinnati, Lacroix 3 (Ehgoetz), 18:58 (sh). Penalties-Reynolds Chr (roughing), 3:05; Robinson Cin (holding the stick), 13:43; Motherwell Cin (hooking), 18:31; Carroll Chr (interference on the goalkeeper), 19:55.

3rd Period-10, Cincinnati, McKenzie 2 (Motherwell, Kilpatrick), 0:50 (pp). 11, Cincinnati, Kilpatrick 5 (Pierce), 1:10. 12, Cincinnati, Aubin 1 (Jozsa, Lacroix), 12:26 (pp). 13, Cincinnati, Robinson 2 (Sheahan), 15:52 (sh). 14, Charlotte, Schepke 2 (Rowe, Hendrikx), 17:55. Penalties-Reynolds Chr (hooking), 3:58; Kilpatrick Cin (slashing ), 5:16; Leveille Chr (interference on the goalkeeper), 11:43; Ehgoetz Cin (hooking), 14:14.

Shots on Goal-Charlotte 11-15-16-42. Cincinnati 11-6-7-24.

Power Play Opportunities-Charlotte 2 of 6; Cincinnati 3 of 7.

Goalies-Charlotte, Munce 4-3-0-0 (19 shots-12 saves); Zemlak 0-0-0-0 (5 shots-3 saves). Cincinnati, Smith 5-2-1-0 (42 shots-37 saves).

A-2,009

CLOSE OUT SPECIALS

Hartford Wolf Pack puck      VERSUS       Bridgeport Sound Tigers

“It was the best of times. It was the worst of times.”

As cliché as that phrase might sound, and it’s been used too often, it truly is the best phrase to sum up the entire New York Rangers organization 2009-2010 campaigns in both Hartford and with the parent club.

Each of their season’s came to a close on Sunday as neither club made the post season despite both clubs playing solid hockey at the end of the season. The Wolf Pack won on the road in Bridgeport in their final game of the season with a 2-1 victory, while the New York Rangers suffered a shootout loss on the road to Philadelphia by the same score.

But even winning eight of the team’s last eleven games (8-3-0-0) was of no consolation for Wolf Pack head coach Ken Gernander. “It was a good effort tonight; a good win. But I guess it was pretty bitter sweet.”

Forward Dane Byers said, “We showed up tonight and it was nice to get the win before a long summer.” But ultimately the emotional reality hasn’t been lost on the Pack’s first year team Captain. “We’re still disappointed that we didn’t make the playoffs. I think if we’d have gotten in we could have made some noise. We were playing our best hockey as of late other than that little hiccup against Worcester.” He said. “So the boys can be happy the way the season ended. A lot of the guys learned a lot of things. It’s a long season and you can’t let up in any games. Every game means something and you can’t take any of the m for granted.”

Dealing with the sting of defeat won’t be easy for Gernander who has never known what it’s like not to be playing in the playoffs even back to his junior days in Mocton. “Who knows how long you can take it with you or what you’re learn from it or gleam from it. But I guess time will tell.”

The Pack and Sound Tigers traded goals in the first period.

As it has all season long, the Pack surrendered the games first tally when Jeremy Reich’s backhander hit the glove of starter Chad Johnson (30 saves, 24-18-2) and flipped in behind him.  It was Reich’s 12th of the season.

Hartford got it back just 59 seconds after Bridgeport starter Nathan Lawson (23 saves, 16-16-2) took a Delay-of-Game call for swatting a puck out of the air and into the net behind him.

At 11:57 Sean Bentivoglio lost the puck to Corey Potter in the high slot. Potter flipped it behind him to Ilkka Heikkinen who blasted the puck. Byers then redirected the puck for his 25th of the season.

Heikkinen has previously publically stated that he will not return to Hartford or the Rangers next season. 

It was a pretty lifeless second frame, but things certainly picked up in the third.

Nothing much was happening action wise for either squad until Jon Gleed put a his stick into Paul Crowder and went off to the box for a hooking call at 3:05 and the Pack power play almost gave up it’s 13th shorthander of the season when Sean Bentivoglio broke in on Johnson. The Calgary native rose to the occasion and snuffed out the threat.

At 6:01, Ryan Garlock would get the game winner when he beat Jake Gannon back to the front of the Sound Tigers net.

“(Chris McKelvie) was taking the puck wide and he kind of neck-and-neck with their defenseman so I just figured that the puck was going to make it to the net. So I went to the front looking for a rebound or something like that.” Garlock said. “As I was stopping the puck ended up bouncing off my skate and felt and saw it go in. So it was just a matter of getting to the net hard and hoping for a good thing to happen there.”

“I don’t think we have (Garlock) the most glamorous assignments. But he worked hard,” Gernander said in assessing the sixth year pro. “He’s a pretty determined kid. He had some offensive success at the end of the season there with the departure of a few other guys.”

Gernander has been impressed with McKelvie. “He’s a guy who came in on at the end of the season there and had opportunity to get him into the games and he worked hard and made the most of it.”

But Bridgeport isn’t heading into the off season because they quit and lay down when they trail. They’re a group of hard workers and when Brodie Dupont took an interference call just 15 seconds later, the Sound Tigers looked for the equalizer in their second power play. Tyler Haskins and Bentivoglio had golden opportunities with an empty net in front but both missed the net.

Johnson was strong in keeping the puck out as the shots began to pour in.

“(Johnson) probably got a little more comfortable the more playing time; a little more stable environment,” Gernander said. “I think as far as team defense everything goes hand in hand. The more confidence the goalie has the more confident the people are in front of him to make plays. It’s a team game; a team thing. I think one enhances the others.”

Jared Nightingale challenged the penalty killers to rise to the occasion one last time when he got sent off into seclusion for an interference call with just 4:55 remaining in regulation. They looked strong and killed it off despite being the team’s biggest Achilles Heel all season long.

“I would have liked to have seen a little more of (the effort on the penalty kill) through the course of the season,” Gernander stated. “It was a problem a problem all year long. We tried addressing it. Who knows what it was?”

The Pack not only got the win in the game, but also won the season series which clinched for them another GEICO Connecticut Cup. Bridgeport had eleven points on a 5-4-1-0 record while Hartford had twenty posting a 5-3-0-2 record against their intrastate and franchise rival.

Gernander summed it all up. “There’s probably a lot of (positives) and some of it you may be able to see until the start of next season or some time. But at some point in time through the course of next season we say, ‘Boy that guy has come a long way from where he was last year. For some of the younger guys especially it seems to sink in the off season for whatever reason they have some time to decompress a little bit and allows some of these messages to sink in and they’re probably better prepared and have a fuller understanding of what it means to be a professional and you see the that amount of progress throughout the course of an offseason. We’ll let the guys play next season for a bit and see how much they’ve improved.”

Brian Ring has the Hartford story at Hartfordwolfpack.com while the extremely talented Michael Fornabaio has the Bridgeport view from the locker room at CTPost.com.

 

GAME SUMMARY and OFFICIAL SCORERS SHEET

 

NOTES:

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* Well at least they didn’t finish last in penalty killing. The Wolf Pack finish 28th of 29 but on the bright side, led the AHL with 18 shorthanded scores. On the other side of the ledger, after leading in the PP for the better part of the first half of the season, the Pack finish 14th overall wit ha 17.4% effectiveness rate.They tied for 10th in surrendering shorthanded goals with 12.

* In terms of overall ranking, the Pack finish a disappointing 20th out of 29 with 83 points (36-33-6-5). They also did manage to finish strong and were over .500 for the thirteenth straight season.

* Attendance wise, the sales staff hit their numbers for this season and while they were only down two people per game from 4,190 to 4,188 this season, the team continued to be headed south attendance wise. But, given how lousy the economy was this season, it’s still quite the accomplishment to even be that close. The league average this season was 5,100 compared to 5,115 last year. Hershey led the league in attendance, as usual, with 9,520.

 

LINES:

Byers © – Newbury – Ambϋhl
Soryal – Dupont – Crowder
Brashear – Garlock – Grachev
McKelvie

Heikkinen – Baldwin
Williams – Potter
Brouillette – Nightingale
Dowzak

Johnson
Talbot

 

(Assistant Captains Bold and Italicized)

 

SCRATCHES:

P.A. Parenteau – Recall NY Rangers
Dale Weise – Recall NY Rangers
Anders Eriksson – Recall NY Rangers
Matt Zaba – Healthy Scratch
Derek Couture – Upper Body injury – Season over
Devin DiDiomete – Lower Body injury – Season over
Bobby Sanguinetti – Lower Body injury – Season over
Steven Valiquette – Hand Injury – Season over
Michael Sauer – Shoulder – Season over
Mike Hoffman – Shoulder – Season over
Brent Henley – Knee – Season over

 

THREE STARS:

1. HFD – R. Garlock
2. BRI – J. Reich
3. HFD – C. Johnson

 

ON-ICE OFFICIALS:

Referee:
Jamie Koharski (84)

Linesmen:
Luke Galvin (2)
David Spannaus (8)

 

NEXT GAME:

Just because the season is over does not mean that we’re over. Training camp is in September, but we’ll be keeping you up to date with any and all information that we come up with all throughout the summer.

Season Tickets can be purchased for the 2010 – 2011 season. For Ticket information call (860) 548-2000.

Too far away or can’t make it? Listen live at WTIC.com or from your cell phone or computer visit www.twitter.com/howlingstoday for complete live in-game coverage.

 

SCORE-SHEET:

Hartford Wolf Pack 2 At Bridgeport Sound Tigers 1 – Status: Final

Apr 11, 2010 – Arena at Harbor Yard

Hartford 1 0 1 – 2

Bridgeport 1 0 0 – 1

1st Period-1, Bridgeport, Reich 12 (Joensuu), 1:34. 2, Hartford, Byers 25 (Heikkinen, Potter), 11:57 (pp). Penalties-Lawson Bri (delay of game), 10:58.

2nd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Brashear Hfd (hooking), 12:30; Flood Bri (holding), 17:06.

3rd Period-3, Hartford, Garlock 7 (McKelvie, Nightingale), 6:01. Penalties-Gleed Bri (hooking), 3:05; Dupont Hfd (interference), 6:16; Nightingale Hfd (interference), 14:05.

Shots on Goal-Hartford 9-11-5-25. Bridgeport 11-12-8-31.

Power Play Opportunities-Hartford 1 of 3; Bridgeport 0 of 3.

Goalies-Hartford, Johnson 24-18-2 (31 shots-30 saves). Bridgeport, Lawson 16-16-3 (25 shots-23 saves).

A-6,060

MEANWHILE IN THE CHARLOTTE PLAYOFFS:

Charlotte Checkers     VERSUS     Toledo Walleye

CHARLOTTE DOWNS TOLEDO IN OVERTIME TO WIN SERIES

Tkaczuk Scores OT Winner To Edge Walleye 4-3, Advance To Next Round

The Charlotte Checkers scored a third-period goal to force overtime and then made good in the extra frame as they edged the Toledo Walleye, 4-3, to win the series 3-1 and advance to the conference semifinals for the first time since 2006-07.

Daniel Tkaczuk potted two goals, including the game winner while David Marshall chipped in with a goal and two assists. Tkaczuk now has all three game-winning tallies for the Checkers in these playoffs. Charlotte was playing without the services of captain Michel Leveille who sat out with an injury.

The Checkers opened the scoring just three minutes into the game on a goal by Matt Scheke. Marshall picked up the puck on the right wing wall and fed a pass between the defenseman and goaltender. Schepke took the puck off his skates and tucked it home for the early 1-0 lead.

Toledo evened the score on the power play midway through the period when a Derek Nesbitt point shot was redirected in front and snuck past Checkers goaltender Ryan Munce.

Charlotte would take its second lead of the game 2:13 later while on a 5-on-3 power play. Aaron Slattengren, parked on the right wing wall, fed a pass to the point to Mike Bartlett who one-timed it on net. Marshall picked up the rebound and found the back of the net from a bad angle to take a 2-1 lead.

With less than two minutes to play in the period, Matt Stefanishion made it a 3-1 game when he streaked in from the blueline, grabbed a pass from Slattengren and fired a shot into the top corner past Walleye netminder Jordan Pearce.

Toledo then scored its first of three straight goals with 2.5 seconds to play in the first frame when Scooter Smith redirected a shot past Munce in front of the net.

Munce and Toledo forward Adam Keefe engaged in an altercation at the buzzer and the Checkers were somehow handed an extra roughing penalty to start the second period.

On the ensuing power play, Chris Robertson dished the puck back to Simon Danis-Pepin who one-timed a slap shot into the back of the net.

Minutes later, Toledo forward Derek Nesbitt broke in alone on the Charlotte net and Munce made a beautiful pad save to keep it a 3-3 game.

With four minutes to play in the second period, Walleye defenseman J.C. Sawyer grabbed the puck at the blueline and pump-faked a shot to drop a Checkers defender to the ice. He then carried it around and let go a wrist shot that beat Munce between the legs to make a 4-3 Toledo lead.

Early in the third period, Daniel Tkaczuk found a rebound from a Trevor Hendrikx point shot but missed a wide open net. Tkaczuk then made good, seconds later, when he stuffed home another rebound, this time off a shot from the slot by Slattengren, to tie the game at 4-4.

Charlotte had many scoring chances throughout the rest of the third period but Pearce turned everything aside and the two teams headed for sudden-death overtime.

Early in the overtime period, the Checkers were assessed a penalty and Toledo went to work on the power play. The Walleye had several good scoring chances, however Munce shut the door to keep it a tie game.

Minutes later, the Checkers went to work on a power play of their own. Steve Ward made a pass across the blueline to Marshall who took a shot toward the net. Tkaczuk was parked at the side of the net and tipped it home for the game-winning and series-clinching goal.

The Checkers will now host the winner of the South Carolina/Cincinnati series on Friday.

Charlotte (3-1) will host the winner of the South Carolina/Cincinnati series on Friday at 7 p.m.. Ticket information can be obtained by calling 704-342-4-ICE or visiting www.gocheckers.com/playoffs.

 

GAME SUMMARY and OFFICIAL SCORERS SHEET

 

NOTES:

* The Checkers advance to the conference semifinals for the first time in three seasons

* Charlotte clinched its first division title and #1 conference seed in franchise history heading into the playoffs

* The Checkers had the four largest crowds in the ECHL this season

* Charlotte is 10-1 in its last 11 home games

* Ryan Munce led the ECHL in save percentage (.913), was third in wins (26) and was named ECHL Goaltender of the Month for March

* Andrew Carroll led the Checkers this season with 30 goals, including six game winners.

 

LINES:

Doig – Taylor Slattengren
Rowe – Tkaczuk – Stefanishion
Roche – Carroll – Bartlett
Marshall – Schepke

Urquhart – Schaeffer
Ward – Reynolds
Hendrikx – (Bartlett)

Munce
Zemlak

 

(Assistant Captains Bold and Italicized)

 

SCRATCHES:
Mike Berube – Healthy Scratch
Jean-Philipp Chabot – Healthy Scratch
Brock Bradford – Healthy Scratch
Michel Leveille – Undisclosed Injury
Tysen Dowzak – Recall in Hartford
Matt Ford – Recall in Lake Erie
Julien Brouillette – Recall in Hartford
Ethan Graham – Recall in Texas
Chris Snavely – Wrist Surgery – Season over
Trevor Glass – Back Surgery – Season over
Codey Burki – Undisclosed – Season over
Chris Chappell – Shoulder Surgery – Season over

 

THREE STARS

1. CHR – D. Tkaczuk
2. CHR – D. Marshall
3. CHR – A. Slattengren

 

ON-ICE OFFICALS:

Referee:
Nick Krebsbach (8)

Linesmen:
Ray King (39)
Terry Wicklum (98)

 

NEXT GAME:

The second round of the Kelly Cup playoffs begin on Friday, April 16th against the winner of game five between Cincinnati and South Carolina. Jason Shaya will have all the action with the irrepressible Chris Snavely alongside at 7pm.

For live in-game coverage from your cell phone or computer, we’ll have the action for you at www.twitter.com/howlingstoday.

You can always buy tickets for any Checkers game home or away at Ticketmaster.com.

Should you want to watch this very exciting team from the comfort of your computer chair, all Checkers games are available on B2Live.

 

SCORE-SHEET:

Toledo Walleye 4 At Charlotte Checkers 5 (OT) – Status: Final OT

Apr 11, 2010 – Time Warner Cable Arena

Toledo 2 2 0 0 – 4

Charlotte 3 0 1 1 – 5

1st Period-1, Charlotte, Schepke 1 (Carroll, Marshall), 3:10. 2, Toledo, Nesbitt 3 (Danis-Pepin, Piche), 12:35 (pp). 3, Charlotte, Marshall 2 (Slattengren, Bartlett), 14:48 (pp). 4, Charlotte, Stefanishion 1 (Taylor, Slattengren), 18:34. 5, Toledo, Smith 1 (Hedden), 19:58. Penalties-Reynolds Chr (cross-checking), 5:59; Slattengren Chr (high-sticking), 12:09; Romano Tol (hooking), 13:39; Piche Tol (boarding), 14:09; Urquhart Chr (interference), 15:48; Keefe Tol (unsportsmanlike conduct, roughing), 20:00; Munce Chr (roughing), 20:00; Urquhart Chr (roughing, roughing), 20:00.

2nd Period-6, Toledo, Danis-Pepin 1 (Robertson, Nesbitt), 0:45 (pp). 7, Toledo, Sawyer 2 (Charlebois, Robertson), 16:14. Penalties-Ward Chr (roughing), 4:51; Sawyer Tol (slashing ), 5:59; Tanguay Tol (interference), 13:47.

3rd Period-8, Charlotte, Tkaczuk 3 (Doig, Slattengren), 1:42. Penalties-No Penalties

OT Period-9, Charlotte, Tkaczuk 4 (Ward, Marshall), 8:10 (pp). Penalties-Roche Chr (roughing), 4:18; Piche Tol (tripping), 7:43; Roche Chr (unsportsmanlike conduct), 8:10.

Shots on Goal-Toledo 12-12-6-5-35. Charlotte 8-7-11-5-31.

Power Play Opportunities-Toledo 2 of 6; Charlotte 2 of 5.

Goalies-Toledo, Pearce 1-2-1-0 (31 shots-26 saves). Charlotte, Munce 3-1-0-0 (35 shots-31 saves).

A-3,126

CAN’T WIN’EM ALL…BUT THEY SURE TRIED!

Charlotte Checkers        VERSUS       Florida Everblades

WIN STREAK SNAPPED AT EIGHT AS CHECKERS FALL TO FLORIDA

Munce Stops 49 Shots In Last Ever Regulation Meeting Between Division Rivals In Charlotte

The Charlotte Checkers battled back in the third period from a two-goal deficit but were unable to complete the comeback as they were edged, 4-3, by the Florida Everblades on Thursday evening.

The loss snapped an eight-game winning streak for the Checkers, their longest since a 10-game feat during the 2000-01 season. The game was the last ever regular season meeting between the two division rivals at Time Warner Cable Arena.

Ryan Munce stopped 49 shots in a losing effort while David Marshall extended his point streak to six games with an assist. Michel Leveille, Matt Schepke and Mike Taylor scored for the Checkers while David Urquhart chipped in with two assists.

Florida opened the scoring with less than five minutes to play in the first period. Everblades forward Colin Nicholson grabbed the puck from a scrum in front, circled around and let a shot go that deflected off former Checker Ryan Lang and in past Munce.

Just over a minute later, the Checkers would even the score when Urquhart hit Schepke with a breakaway pass behind the Florida defenders. Schepke broke in alone and was stopped by Everblades goaltender Chris Beckford-Tseu but picked up his own rebound and tucked it home for his 26th of the season.

Charlotte then took its first lead of the game with less than 30 seconds to play in the period on a goal by Taylor. Marshall entered the Florida zone and dumped the puck toward Beckford-Tseu who couldn’t handle the rebound. Mike Berube picked it up at the far wall and threw it on net and Taylor was there to deflect it home.

Early in the second period, the Everblades tied it up on a shorthanded 2-on-1. Ross Carlson carried the puck in and elected to shoot as he fired a shot high over the shoulder of Munce.

Florida would then take its first lead of the game, 10 minutes later, when Brady Calla and Matthew Pistilli broke in on a 2-on-1. Pistilli took a shot and Calla banged home the rebound past Munce who was interfered with on the play.

Florida held a 38-24 shot advantage through two periods of play and took a two-goal lead early in the third on a goal by Ernie Hartlieb.

Just two minutes later, Matt Stefanishion swung the momentum Charlotte’s way when he laid a big hit on Florida defenseman Phil Paquet at center ice. Stefanishion then carried the puck into the Everblades’ zone and dropped it to Daniel Tkaczuk. Tkaczuk circled and fed Urquhart at the point who wristed a shot toward the net which was tipped home by Leveille.

With time winding down in the game, the Checkers pulled Munce for the extra attacker but Beckford-Tseu turned aside everything that came his way and earned the win for Florida.

The Checkers (39-21-7) will host Reading Saturday at 7 p.m. and ticket information can be obtained by calling 704-342-4-ICE or visiting www.gocheckers.com. Season tickets for the inaugural 2010-11 AHL season are now on sale and 40-game packages start as low as $200.

GAME SUMMARY and OFFICIAL SCORERS SHEET 

STANDINGS:

TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS GF GA STK P 10 PIM
1. x-South Carolina Sting Rays 68 38 18 6 6 88 234 208 0-1-0-0 4-3-2-1 920
2. x-Charlotte Checkers 67 39 21 4 3 85 239 214 0-1-0-0 8-1-1-0 1416
3. Florida Everblades 68 36 23 4 5 81 221 209 1-0-0-0 6-4-0-0 1231
4. Gwinnett Gladiators 65 30 28 4 3 67 229 249 2-0-0-0 5-4-0-1 1066

x= Teams who have clinched a playoff spot.
 
 

SCOREBOARD:

It was an extremely light night for action in both the AHL and the ECHL.

The Checkers were the only ECHL game of the night and the Grand Rapids Griffins got two goals from Jeremy Williams. Doug Janik had assists on both goals as the Griffins kicked off the Milwaukee Admirals 3-1

NOTES:

*  The Checkers are 13-3-1 in their last 17 home games

* Ryan Munce is 8-1-1 in his last 10 starts

* David Marshall is currently on a six-game point streak (5g, 5a)

* Andrew Carroll leads the ECHL with five shootout-winning goals and leads the Checkers with 28 goals

LINES:

Doig – Leveille © Taylor
Carroll – Marshall – Slattengren 
Schepke – Tkaczuk – Stefanishion
Chabot

Urquhart – Hendrikx
Berube – Schaeffer
Dowzak – Ward

Munce
Zemlak

(Assistant Captains Bold and Italicized)

 

SCRATCHES:

Ryan Crane – Healthy Scratch
Randy Rowe – Recall in Lake Erie
Matt Ford – Recall in Lake Erie
Julien Brouillette – Recall in Hartford
Ethan Graham – Recall in Texas
Kenny Roche – Recall in Providence
T.J. Reynolds – Lower Body – 2-3 weeks
Devin DiDiomete – Lower Body – 2-3 weeks
Chris Snavely – Wrist Surgery – Season over
Trevor Glass – Back Surgery – Season over
Codey Burki – Undisclosed – Season over
Chris Chappell – Shoulder Surgery – Season over

THREE STARS

1. CHR – M. Schepke
2. FLA – B. Calla
3. CHR – S. Ward

ON-ICE OFFICALS:

Referee:
Jarrod Ragusin (28)

Linesmen:
Mathieu Chenier (71)
Paul Reid (97)

 

NEXT GAME:

Reading pays a visit to the Time Warner Cable arena for a pair on the weekend and then the last regular season home game is Tuesday the 30th against Gwinnett. The Checkers finish the season with two on the road in Florida. Jason Shaya will be on the air Saturday at 7 and Sunday at 2pm.

For live in-game coverage from your cell phone or computer, we’ll have the action for you at www.twitter.com/howlingstoday.

You can always buy tickets for any Checkers game home or away at Ticketmaster.com.

Should you want to watch this very exciting team from the comfort of your computer chair, all Checkers games are available on B2Live.

 

SCORE-SHEET:

Florida Everblades 4 At Charlotte Checkers 3 – Status: Final

Mar 25, 2010 – Time Warner Cable Arena

Florida 1 2 1 – 4

Charlotte 2 0 1 – 3

1st Period-1, Florida, Lang 16 (Nicholson, Calla), 15:51. 2, Charlotte, Schepke 26 (Urquhart), 17:10. 3, Charlotte, Taylor 4 (Berube, Marshall), 19:37. Penalties-Bayrack Fla (high-sticking), 2:33; Calla Fla (fighting – major), 5:09; Hendrikx Chr (fighting – major), 5:09; McColm Fla (fighting – major), 8:36; Dowzak Chr (fighting – major), 8:36; Marshall Chr (delay of game), 13:27.

2nd Period-4, Florida, Carlson 25 (Zanon, Calla), 3:55 (sh). 5, Florida, Calla 2 (Pistilli, Nicholson), 14:35. Penalties-Hendrikx Chr (tripping), 1:15; Hartlieb Fla (hooking), 3:00; Calla Fla (fighting – major), 14:54; Berube Chr (fighting – major), 14:54.

3rd Period-6, Florida, Hartlieb 12   2:20. 7, Charlotte, Leveille 17 (Urquhart, Tkaczuk), 4:37 (pp). Penalties-Leveille Chr (high-sticking), 2:17; Pistilli Fla (slashing ), 4:04; Paquet Fla (roughing), 5:15; Chabot Chr (roughing), 5:15; Urquhart Chr (tripping), 5:51; Guthrie Fla (fighting – major), 7:18; Ward Chr (fighting – major), 7:18.

Shots on Goal-Florida 21-17-15-53. Charlotte 16-8-15-39.

Power Play Opportunities-Florida 0 of 4; Charlotte 1 of 3.

Goalies-Florida, Beckford-Tseu 18-10-2-2 (39 shots-36 saves). Charlotte, Munce 23-14-2-1 (53 shots-49 saves).

A-3,855

CHECKERS “JUMP” GLADIATORS FOR THE THIRD TIME…KING ME!

 
Charlotte Checkers     VERSUS      Gwinnett Gladiators

CHECKERS WIN FOURTH STRAIGHT, DOWN GWINNETT 4-2

Schepke Pots Two; Charlotte Undefeated In Regulation In Last Six

The Charlotte Checkers fell behind by two early in the game but battled back to beat the Gwinnett Gladiators, 4-2, on Sunday afternoon.

The Checkers have now won four straight games and have not lost in regulation in six straight tries (5-0-1). Charlotte has beaten division-rival Gwinnett four times in a row and own the season series with a record of 11-4-2 in 17 games.

Matt Schepke scored two goals, including the game winner, while Ryan Munce stopped 22 of 24 shots for his fourth straight victory and is now 12-4-2 in his last 18 games. Tyler Doig chipped in with a goal and an assist and Mike Taylor added two helpers.

Gwinnett opened the scoring less than two minutes into the game when the puck took a strange bounce and landed on the stick of Chad Denny in the slot. Denny made no mistake and one-timed it past Munce for the early 1-0 lead.

Just three minutes later, the Gladiators would find the back of the net again when forward Matt Francis let a wrist shot go from the slot. Munce dove across his net but was unable to get a piece of the puck and Gwinnett went up 2-0.

With one minute remaining in the opening period, the Checkers got on the board on a goal by defenseman Steve Ward. Ward skated in from the point, took a shot and banged home his own rebound for his fourth goal of the season. Doig and David Marshall picked up assists on the play.

Charlotte tied the game early in the second period when Daniel Tkaczuk grabbed the puck at the right-wing wall and circled the net. Tkaczuk then dished a cross-crease pass to Doig who backhanded it home for his 17th.

Charlotte held a 31-18 shot advantage through two periods of play though the score remained tied at 2-2.

The Checkers then took the lead on a shorthanded goal at the 5:19 mark of the third period. Mike Taylor fed a cross-ice saucer pass to Matt Schepke who skated in alone and blasted a slap shot over the glove of Gwinnett goaltender David Brown.

Schepke would then put Charlotte ahead 4-2 eight minutes later on a 3-on-2 with Marshall and Taylor. Marshall took a pass from Taylor, showed great patience and fired a pass to Schepke who was streaking down the left wing. Schepke then one-timed the puck past Brown for his second of the game and 24th of the season, tying him with Andrew Carroll for the team lead.

The Checkers (34-20-7) will travel to Elmira and Reading before returning on Friday to host Trenton. The puck drops at 7 p.m. and ticket information can be obtained by calling 704-342-4-ICE or visiting www.gocheckers.com. Season tickets for the inaugural 2010-11 AHL season are now on sale and 40-game packages start as low as $200.

GAME SUMMARY and OFFICIAL SCORERS SHEET 

 

STANDINGS: 

TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS GF GA STK P 10 PIM
1. South Carolina Sting Rays 66 37 17 6 6 86 226 200 0-1-1-0 5-2-2-1 876
2. Charlotte Checkers 62 35 20 4 3 77 220 201 5-0-1-0 6-3-1-0 1309
3. Florida Everblades 64 34 21 4 5 77 207 192 2-0-0-0 7-2-1-0 1160
4. Gwinnett Gladiators 63 28 28 4 3 63 219 243 0-2-0-1 3-5-1-1 1025

 
SCOREBOARD:
 
Kalamazoo put a whooping on Wheeling with a 4-1 win. Florida, and ex-Checker Mike Bayrack beat South Carolina for a second straight game with a 2-1 win. Las Vegas over Bakersfield 6-3.  Adam Miller had a HUGE night with a hat trick and two assists, Craig Switzer had two goals and ex-Pack Alex Bourret had a hat trick of assists. Elmira doubles up Reading 6-3 and it was Utah over Stockton 4-3 in a shootout. Ryan Kinasewich had a pair in regulation and the decider in the shootout. 
 

NOTES:

* With four games in hand on South Carolina and nine points between them, if the Checkers can win all four, there’s a serious possibility that Charlotte could take the division. They’ve already solidified their team with Urquhart and DiDiomete coming from Hartford and Brouillette likely to come back this week with Nigel Williams getting healthy in New York and potential of others coming back in Kenny Roche and the Lake Erie and Texas boys, this team could make a serious run at the Kelly Cup. 

* The Checkers are 5-0-1 in their last six games and 11-2-1 in their last 14 at home

* Ryan Munce has won four straight games and is 5-0-1 in his last six starts

* David Marshall is currently on a four-game point streak (4g, 3a)

* Matt Schepke leads the team with a +20 rating and is tied with Andrew Carroll for the team lead in goals with 24

* Carroll leads the ECHL with four shootout-winning goals

 

LINES:

Taylor – Leveille ©Slattengren
Doig – Tkaczuk – Stefanishion
Schepke – Carroll – Marshall
DiDiomete

Urquhart – Schaeffer
Berube – Hendrikx
Dowzak – Ward

Munce
Leibensperger

 

 (Assistant Captains Bold and Italicized)

 

SCRATCHES:

Randy Rowe – Recall in Lake Erie
Matt Ford – Recall in Lake Erie
Julien Brouillette – Recall in Hartford
Ethan Graham – Recall in Texas
Kenny Roche – Recall in Providence
T.J. Reynolds – Undisclosed Injury – 2-3 weeks
Chris Snavely – Upper Body – 2-3 weeks
Trevor Glass – Back Surgery – Season over
Codey Burki – Undisclosed – Season over
Chris Chappell – Shoulder Surgery – Season over

 

THREE STARS:

1. CHR – M. Schepke
2. CHR – M. Taylor
3. CHR – R. Munce

 

ON ICE OFFICIALS:

Referee:
Jarrod Ragusin (28)

Linesmen:
Mark Hamlett (81)
Paul Reid (97)

 

NEXT GAME:

Three big games to come this week as the Checkers will play Wednesday, Thursday and Friday night against Elmira and Redding on the road and then home for Trenton. Jason Shaya will be on the air all three nights at 7pm.

For live in-game coverage from your cell phone or computer, we’ll have the action for you at www.twitter.com/howlingstoday.

You can always buy tickets for any Checkers game home or away at Ticketmaster.com.

Should you want to watch this very exciting team from the comfort of your computer chair, all Checkers games are available on B2Live.

 

SCORE-SHEET:

Gwinnett Gladiators 2 At Charlotte Checkers 4 – Status: Final

Mar 14, 2010 – Time Warner Cable Arena

Gwinnett 2 0 0 – 2

Charlotte 1 1 2 – 4

1st Period-1, Gwinnett, Denny 9   1:53. 2, Gwinnett, Francis 15 (Miller), 4:50. 3, Charlotte, Ward 4 (Marshall, Doig), 18:59. Penalties-Leveille Chr (tripping), 12:37; Sullivan Gwt (hooking), 12:53; Youngclaus Gwt (hooking), 14:05; Hurley Gwt (hooking), 16:24.

2nd Period-4, Charlotte, Doig 17 (Tkaczuk, Hendrikx), 1:12. Penalties-Tkaczuk Chr (interference), 3:36; Caruana Gwt (tripping), 6:46; Doig Chr (slashing ), 8:33; Forney Gwt (roughing), 11:37; Caruana Gwt (interference on the goalkeeper, misconduct), 15:19.

3rd Period-5, Charlotte, Schepke 23 (Taylor), 4:19 (sh). 6, Charlotte, Schepke 24 (Marshall, Taylor), 12:34. Penalties-Slattengren Chr (tripping), 3:13; McLean Gwt (delay of game), 9:31; Miller Gwt (fighting – major), 16:52; Hendrikx Chr (fighting – major), 16:52.

Shots on Goal-Gwinnett 11-7-6-24. Charlotte 15-16-12-43.

Power Play Opportunities-Gwinnett 0 of 4; Charlotte 0 of 7.

Goalies-Gwinnett, Brown 8-14-2-0 (43 shots-39 saves). Charlotte, Munce 20-13-2-1 (24 shots-22 saves).

A-6,421