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Charlotte Checkers  VERSUS   Binghampton

Game 2 tomorrow in Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Paced by seven different goal scorers, the Binghamton Senators beat the Charlotte Checkers, 7-4, in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

With the win, Binghamton takes a 1-0 lead in a best-of-seven series which will continue with Game 2 in Charlotte tomorrow night.

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Charlotte Checkers VERSUSProvidence

Whitfield’s two tallies lead Providence to 4-2 victory

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – After falling behind 2-1 in the second period, the Providence Bruins scored three unanswered goals to defeat the Charlotte Checkers, 4-2, at Dunkin’ Donuts Center.

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Charlotte Checkers VERSUS Albany Devils

Murphy stops 26 of 28 for fourth straight win

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Brett Bellemore’s goal with less than four minutes to play was the difference as the Charlotte Checkers edged the Albany Devils, 3-2, in front of more than 8,000 fans at Time Warner Cable Arena Sunday.

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Charlotte Checkers VERSUS Wilkes Barre

Boychuk’s hat trick, Dalpe’s four assists lead Checkers to 9-5 win

WILKES-BARRE, PA. – The Charlotte Checkers scored four goals on the power play, including the game-winning tally, as they routed the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, 9-5, on the road on Sunday afternoon.

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Charlotte Checkers VERSUS Springfield

Charlotte falls for only second time in last 12 road games

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Springfield Falcons stormed out of the gate Saturday night, posting a five-goal first period en route to a 7-3 win over the Charlotte Checkers.

The Checkers scored three of the game’s final four goals, but it wasn’t enough as they allowed a team season-high seven goals against en route to only their second loss in the last 12 road games.

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Charlotte Checkers     VERSUS     Norfolk

Rookie forward has nine goals in his last nine games

Zac Dalpe scored two goals in 11 seconds in the final minute of the game to propel the Checkers to a 4-3 victory over the Norfolk Admirals on Wednesday evening.

Dalpe had two goals and an assist in the win. Riley Nash and Bryan Rodney scored the other goals for the Checkers, while Justin Pogge was solid all night making 28 saves to record the win. Pierre-Cedric Labrie scored his first two goals of the season for the Admirals.

Nash opened the scoring 1:29 into the contest with his fourth goal of the season. Jerome Samson sprung Nash and Chris Terry on a two-on-one before Terry sent a back-hand pass through the defender’s legs to Nash, who one-timed it low stick-side on Admirals goaltender Tokarski.

Matt Fornataro struck back for the Admirals five minutes later. James Wright skated into the Checkers zone and made a cross-ice pass to Fornataro who rifled a wrist-shot from the top of the left-wing circle and over the glove of Pogge. 

The Checkers would take a 2-1 lead, early in the second period, on Rodney’s second goal of the season following the expiration of a power play. Zach Boychuk faked out Tokarski and fed Rodney, who shot the puck into the open net past a sprawling Tokarski. Dalpe picked up the secondary assist on the play.

Norfolk would answer back quickly as Labrie tipped a shot past Pogge. Juraj Simek took a shot from the top of the right-wing circle that was re-directed by Labrie on its way to the goal. Chris Durno had the second assist, his fourth point against the Checkers in the home-and-home series.

Labrie would score his second goal of the game with 5:24 left in the second period to give the Admirals their first lead of the game. He skated off the right-wing half-wall towards the slot and beat Pogge through a screen over his glove. Mike Angelidis picked up the only assist on the play.

With the extra attacker on the ice, Dalpe knotted the game with 53 seconds left in the third. Drayson Bowman barely held the puck in at the left point and sent a wrist shot toward the goal that was deflected by Dalpe past Tokarski.

Eleven seconds later Dalpe put the Checkers in front for good. Off the face-off, Dalpe stole the puck from the Admirals defender and barreled in on a breakaway. He faked Tokarski and tucked a back-hand in under the cross bar.

Charlotte (11-8-3) will continue its three-game road trip Saturday in Worcester before returning home on Sunday, Dec. 5 and Monday, Dec. 6 to host the Syracuse Stars. Holiday packs are now on sale and include four games, a merchandise certificate and a puck for as low as $35. Call 704-342-4423 or head to www.gocheckers.com for more information.


Zac Dalpe has nine goals in his last nine games (9g, 3a), while Jacob Micflikier has nine points (5g, 4a) in his last eight games… Jerome Samson is currently tied for second in the AHL in goals (12)… Zach Boychuk is on a four-game point streak (1g, 6a) and is tied for third in the league in points with 23 (8g, 15a)…Bryan Rodney has seven points (2g, 5a) in his last six games.

Charlotte Checkers 4 at Norfolk Admirals 3 – Status: Final
Wednesday, November 24, 2010 – Norfolk Scope

Charlotte 1 1 2 – 4
Norfolk 1 2 0 – 3

1st Period-1, Charlotte, Nash 4 (Terry, Samson), 1:29. 2, Norfolk, Fornataro 5 (Wright, Szczechura), 6:22. Penalties-Sutter Cha (fighting), 1:32; Giliati Nor (fighting), 1:32.

2nd Period-3, Charlotte, Rodney 2 (Boychuk, Dalpe), 3:20. 4, Norfolk, Labrie 1 (Simek, Durno), 5:02. 5, Norfolk, Labrie 2 (Angelidis), 14:36. Penalties-Barberio Nor (tripping), 1:18; Herauf Cha (holding), 8:16; Micflikier Cha (boarding), 12:02; Pogge Cha (tripping), 16:41; Wright Nor (tripping), 17:46.

3rd Period-6, Charlotte, Dalpe 8 (Bowman), 19:07. 7, Charlotte, Dalpe 9 (Samson, FitzGerald), 19:18. Penalties-Gudas Nor (tripping), 0:48; Blanchard Cha (fighting), 14:52; Labrie Nor (fighting), 14:52.

Shots on Goal-Charlotte 11-7-16-34. Norfolk 15-9-7-31.
Power Play Opportunities-Charlotte 0 / 3; Norfolk 0 / 3.
Goalies-Charlotte, Pogge 5-5-0 (31 shots-28 saves). Norfolk, Tokarski 4-3-0 (34 shots-30 saves).
Referees-Steve Patafie (85).
Linesmen-Mark Hamlett (81), Tom George (61).


Charlotte Checkers VERSUS     Bridgeport

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).


Charlotte Checkers     VERSUS     Norfolk

Teams to meet again tomorrow in Norfolk

The Charlotte Checkers forced overtime with a third-period goal but were downed, 3-2, in the shootout by the Norfolk Admirals on Friday evening.

Riley Nash scored his second goal in as many games, while Chris Terry extended his point scoring streak to three games (3g, 1a). Mike Murphy made 26 saves in the loss and Cedric Desjardins had 27 saves in the Norfolk net for the win. The Checkers are now undefeated in regulation over their last five games (2-0-3).

Charlotte struck first at the 1:19 mark of the opening period. Drayson Bowman picked off an outlet pass from an Admirals defenseman at the red line, stepped in over the blue line and fired a bullet off the far post.

Marc-Antoine Pouliot knotted the game up late in the second period. Johan Harju sent a pass up ice which sprung Pouliot and Juraj Simek on a 2-on-1 break. After a give-and-go, Pouliot buried the puck behind a sprawling Murphy.

Harju put the Admirals in front, three minutes into the third period, on an unlucky bounce. After picking off a failed clearing attempt behind the net, Harju walked out and banked a shot off a Checkers defender and into the back of the net.

Nash pulled the Checkers even, just past the midway point of the third period, while on the power play. Terry fired a shoulder-high shot toward the goal that struck a player in front and landed on the stick of Nash, who then put it up and over Desjardins. Jerome Samson drew the secondary assist on the play.

Murphy and Desjardins were both solid in the final minutes and overtime, and set the stage for a shootout. Desjardins stopped all five shooters and Pouliot scored for Admirals as they grabbed a 3-2 win.

Charlotte (4-6-3) will travel to Norfolk tomorrow to face the Admirals before returning Sunday (3 p.m.) to host the defending Calder Cup champion Hershey Bears. Ticket information can be obtained by calling 704-342-4423 or visiting www.gocheckers.com.

NOTES: Chris Terry extended point to three games (3g, 1a) … Riley Nash scored his second goal in as many games … Samson added three shots to his league lead (76 shots).

Norfolk Admirals 3 at Charlotte Checkers 2 – Status: Final SO
Friday, November 5, 2010 – Time Warner Cable Arena

Norfolk 1 0 1 0 1 – 3
Charlotte 1 0 1 0 0 – 2

1st Period-1, Charlotte, Bowman 1   1:19. 2, Norfolk, Pouliot 4 (Simek, Harju), 19:29. Penalties-Dodge Cha (goaltender interference), 3:16; Blanchard Cha (high-sticking), 9:14; Milam Nor (interference), 13:05; Samson Cha (boarding), 13:12; Berry Nor (fighting), 19:50; Blanchard Cha (fighting), 19:50.

2nd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Osala Cha (hooking), 3:37; Marks Nor (fighting), 7:14; Herauf Cha (fighting), 7:14; Fornataro Nor (high-sticking), 19:20.

3rd Period-3, Norfolk, Harju 6   2:58. 4, Charlotte, Nash 2 (Osala, Samson), 11:15 (PP). Penalties-Fornataro Nor (hooking), 11:05; Jordan Cha (high-sticking), 14:28; Harju Nor (goaltender interference), 16:30.

OT Period- No Scoring.Penalties-No Penalties

Shots on Goal-Norfolk 8-10-8-3-29. Charlotte 11-7-8-2-28.
Power Play Opportunities-Norfolk 0 / 5; Charlotte 1 / 4.
Goalies-Norfolk, Desjardins 2-2-1 (28 shots-26 saves). Charlotte, Murphy 2-3-1 (29 shots-27 saves).
Referees-Jamie Koharski (84).
Linesmen-Ben Shiley (21), Terry Wicklum (58).


Charlotte Checkers     VERSUS     Portland

Nash records first professional goal in 5-4 win

The Charlotte Checkers used three second-period goals to come from behind and defeat the Portland Pirates, 5-4, on Wednesday evening at Time Warner Cable Arena.

Riley Nash scored his first ever professional goal, while Chris Terry scored his third goal in the two-game set against Portland. Zach Boychuk extended his point-streak to six games with an assist and Bryan Rodney added two assists in the win.

The Checkers came out of the gate flying in the first two and a half minutes, but were unable to capitalize and their momentum was abruptly halted by a broken pane of glass.

Four minutes later, Portland forward Travis Turnbull tipped an Alex Biega point shot over the shoulder of Justin Pogge to give the Pirates a 1-0 lead. Corey Tropp would double the Pirates lead at the 12:37 mark of the first period when he buried a rebound under Pogge’s left pad.

Charlotte held a 14-7 shot advantage after 20 minutes but trailed 2-0 on the scoreboard.

The Checkers would explode for three goals in a 4:07 span in the second period to pull into the lead.

Oskar Osala got the Checkers on the board with a power play goal at 4:40 of the second period when he converted a back-hand pass from Rodney for his second of the season.

Nick Dodge knotted the game at 2-2, just minutes later, when he roofed a shot short-side over the right shoulder of Pirates goaltender Alex Petizian.

Nash would then cap off the three-goal outburst. Brad Herauf’s hard forechecking caused a turnover behind the Pirates net. Defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti received a pass from Nicolas Blanchard and ripped a slap shot that was redirected in by Nash.

Luke Adam would score his second goal in as many games to tie the game up, 3-3, at the 10:41 mark of the second period. After making a move on a Checkers defender, Adam tucked a back-hand shot under the cross-bar.

The Checkers would regain the lead early in the third period on Jerome Samson’s seventh goal of the year. Zac Dalpe recorded his first point for the Checkers as he carried the puck over the line and made a drop pass to Samson who wired a wrist-shot over Petizian’s glove hand. Bryan Rodney drew the secondary assist on the play.

Terry scored the eventual game-winning goal at the 15:07 mark of the third period. Jacob Micflikier jumped out of the penalty box, grabbed the puck and skated into the Portland zone on a 2-on-1 with Terry. He then fed a drop-pass to Terry, who skated to the right-wing circle and snapped a shot through the five-hole of Petizian.

Adam scored another for Portland in the final minute but the Checkers walked away with the victory, their first at home.

Charlotte (4-6-2) will host the Norfolk Admirals in the front half of a home-and-home series on Friday (7 p.m.). They will then head to Norfolk for the second game Saturday before returning for an afternoon affair against Hershey on Sunday.



Boychuk extended his point streak to six games (3g, 5a) … Chris Terry scored his third goal in two-games … Samson now has 73 shots on goal, and is now tied for second in the league in goals (7).

Portland Pirates 4 at Charlotte Checkers 5 – Status: Final
Wednesday, November 3, 2010 – Time Warner Cable Arena

Portland 2 1 1 – 4
Charlotte 0 3 2 – 5

1st Period-1, Portland, Turnbull 2 (Biega, Tropp), 5:59. 2, Portland, Tropp 1 (Schiestel, Brennan), 12:37 (PP). Penalties-Carson Cha (hooking), 9:22; Samson Cha (high-sticking), 11:00; Conboy Por (interference), 14:27; Mancari Por (slashing), 17:17.

2nd Period-3, Charlotte, Osala 2 (Rodney, Carson), 4:40 (PP). 4, Charlotte, Dodge 4 (Boychuk), 8:05. 5, Charlotte, Nash 1 (Sanguinetti, Blanchard), 8:47. 6, Portland, Adam 8 (Stuart, Persson), 10:41. Penalties-Gragnani Por (tripping), 4:21; Conboy Por (interference), 9:03; Osala Cha (high-sticking), 9:03; Turnbull Por (goaltender interference, roughing, roughing), 13:28; Micflikier Cha (roughing), 13:28; Pogge Cha (roughing), 13:28; Tropp Por (hooking), 16:24.

3rd Period-7, Charlotte, Samson 7 (Dalpe, Rodney), 1:36. 8, Charlotte, Terry 6 (Micflikier, FitzGerald), 15:07. 9, Portland, Adam 9 (Ellis, Stuart), 19:35. Penalties-Stuart Por (roughing), 0:22; Micflikier Cha (slashing), 0:22; Schiestel Por (hooking), 2:45; Conboy Por (elbowing), 6:16; Terry Cha (tripping), 10:04; Micflikier Cha (tripping), 12:55.

Shots on Goal-Portland 7-8-14-29. Charlotte 14-19-9-42.
Power Play Opportunities-Portland 1 / 4; Charlotte 1 / 7.
Goalies-Portland, Petizian 0-1-0 (42 shots-37 saves). Charlotte, Pogge 2-4-0 (29 shots-25 saves).
Referees-Mark Lemelin (84).
Linesmen-Mike Sheehan, Mark Hamlett (81).