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Charlotte Checkers VERSUS   Albany Devils
Pistilli scores late goal to secure win, secure playoff berth

ALBANY, N.Y. – Matt Pistilli scored to snap a 3-3 tie with 2:49 left in the third period and the Charlotte Checkers went on to defeat the Albany Devils, 5-3, at Times Union Center on Saturday night.

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Charlotte Checkers VERSUS Binghampton

Charlotte netminder makes 38 saves in first-star performance

CHARLOTTE, N.C.Justin Pogge earned first-star honors by making 38 saves as the Charlotte Checkers defeated the Binghamton Senators, 2-1, at Time Warner Cable Arena on Tuesday 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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Connecticut-Whale_thumb4_thumb_thumb VERSUS Charlotte-Checkers_thumb2

Goaltender Mike Murphy stopped all 28 Connecticut Whale shots on goal and Matthew Pistilli scored the first goal of the game for the second consecutive game meting with the Checkers and that was enough to give Charlotte a 1-0 win at the Time Warner Cable Arena in front of a vocal 12,933 in attendance Saturday night. The win by the Checkers gave them a sweep of the two game series in Charlotte.

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Charlotte Checkers VERSUS     Syracuse

Charlotte gets goals from nine different forwards in 10-3 win

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Charlotte Checkers exploded for eight unanswered, second-period goals and routed the visiting Syracuse Crunch, 10-3, on Monday evening. Continue reading


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     Bridgeport

Checkers with season-high goal output in 6-1 win

Jacob Micflikier registered the first hat trick in Checkers history as Charlotte defeated the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, 6-1, on Thursday evening at Time Warner Cable Arena.

The Checkers’ offense was working on all cylinders, scoring a team-season-high six goals and outshooting Bridgeport 41-18. Charlotte has only one regulation loss in its last nine games (5-1-3).

Aside from Micflikier’s outburst, Charlotte padded their lead with third period goals from Zac Dalpe, Zach Boychuk, and Jerome Samson. Justin Pogge stopped 17 of 18 shots for the Checkers and Bryan Rodney added three assists. Tony Romano scored Bridgeport’s lone goal on a breakaway late in the first period.

The Checkers got on the board first, 8:33 in, when Micfliker stood in front of the net and redirected a slap-pass from Bryan Rodney on the power play.

Bridgeport drew even with less than four minutes to play in the first period when Tony Romano accepted a long pass from defenseman Dustin Kohn and put the puck through the pads of Pogge on a breakaway.

Charlotte broke the 1-1 tie at 5:22 of the second period when Micflikier gathered a rebound off a Rodney blast and buried it for his second goal of the game.

Micflikier made history, four minutes later, when he jammed home a rebound for his third of the night. Oskar Osala threw a puck on net and Micflikier put the rebound past Bridgeport goaltender Nathan Lawson.

Charlotte outshot Bridgeport, 23-13, through two periods of play.

Dalpe added to the Checkers’ lead, six minutes into the third period, when he chipped in a rebound following a Samson spin-around pass.

Charlotte made it 5-1 when Zach Boychuk collected a bouncing puck off of a Chris Terry shot, spun around and flicked it over the blocker of Lawson. The assist extended Terry’s point streak to seven games (5g, 4a).

Jerome Samson added his team-leading 10th of the season, 27 seconds later, and the Checkers walked away with a 6-1 win.

The Checkers (7-7-3) will host Bridgeport (5-8-0) again tomorrow at 7 p.m. Ticket information can be obtained by calling 704-342-4423 or visiting www.gocheckers.com.


Chris Terry extended his point scoring streak to seven games (5g, 4a)…Zac Dalpe is on a four-game goal streak (4g, 2a)…Jerome Samson ranks tied for second in the league in goals (10), and first in the league in shots (89)…Zack FitzGerald leads the league in penalty minutes (75)…The Checkers are 5-1-3 in their last nine games.

Bridgeport Sound Tigers 1 at Charlotte Checkers 6 – Status: Final
Thursday, November 11, 2010 – Time Warner Cable Arena

Bridgeport 1 0 0 – 1
Charlotte 1 2 3 – 6

1st Period-1, Charlotte, Micflikier 5 (Rodney, Sanguinetti), 8:33 (PP). 2, Bridgeport, Romano 2 (Kohn), 16:08. Penalties-Samson Cha (hooking), 5:01; Joensuu Bri (tripping), 7:19; Yablonski Bri (boarding), 11:09.

2nd Period-3, Charlotte, Micflikier 6 (Rodney, Sanguinetti), 5:22. 4, Charlotte, Micflikier 7 (Osala, Nash), 9:32. Penalties-Jordan Cha (interference), 5:59.

3rd Period-5, Charlotte, Dalpe 4 (Samson, Osala), 5:56 (PP). 6, Charlotte, Boychuk 7 (Terry, Rodney), 8:06. 7, Charlotte, Samson 10 (Bowman, Chaput), 8:33. Penalties-Taylor Bri (hooking), 4:32; Pogge Cha (tripping), 9:45; Wotton Bri (slashing), 16:19; Haley Bri (roughing), 18:16; FitzGerald Cha (roughing), 18:16.

Shots on Goal-Bridgeport 7-6-5-18. Charlotte 11-12-18-41.
Power Play Opportunities-Bridgeport 0 / 3; Charlotte 2 / 4.
Goalies-Bridgeport, Lawson 1-2-0 (41 shots-35 saves). Charlotte, Pogge 3-4-0 (18 shots-17 saves).
Referees-Geno Binda (22).
Linesmen-Ben Shiley (21), Terry Wicklum (58).


Charlotte Checkers VERSUS Hershey

Charlotte splits two-game series with defending champs

The Charlotte Checkers fell behind early and could not recover as they were downed 5-2 by the defending champion Hershey Bears on Tuesday evening in Charlotte.

The loss snapped a seven-game undefeated-in-regulation streak for Charlotte who went 4-0-3 over that span. Bears forward Kyle Greentree led the way offensively with two goals while Chris Terry scored for the Checkers to extend his point streak to six games (5g, 3a).

Hershey opened the scoring with two quick goals, early in the first period. Boyd Kane forced a turnover in the Charlotte zone and fed Francois Bouchard, who scored on a wrist-shot from the high slot at 5:58. Then, just 56 seconds later, a turnover in the Checkers’ end sent the puck to Greentree, who banked a shot off of Pogge’s stick and in from the side of the net.

Charlotte pulled goaltender Justin Pogge for Mike Murphy, after 6:54, to try to swing the momentum.

The Checkers began to create scoring chances, including a shot by Drayson Bowman that beat Bears netminder Dany Sabourin but rang off the post.

Hershey made it a 3-0 game at 13:58 of the second period when Patrick Wellar blasted a slap shot from the point to beat Murphy.

Terry got the Checkers on the board late in the second period when he and Jerome Samson broke in on a 2-on-1. Samson carried the puck down the right-wing side and slid a pass over to Terry, who redirected it into the back of the net.

Charlotte outshot Hershey 19-8 in the second period but could only manage one goal on the scoreboard.

Zac Dalpe cut the Hershey lead to 3-2, 47 seconds into the third period. From the corner, Jacob Micflikier sent a pass to the top of the crease to Dalpe, who put the puck into the top corner of the net.

The Bears regained their two-goal lead when Greentree buried his fourth goal of the two-game series. Greentree, hanging out in front of the net, picked up a rebound and flicked it over a sprawling Murphy.

Charlotte pulled Murphy with 1:59 left for an extra attacker, but couldn’t beat Sabourin. Kane iced the game for Hershey when he lofted the puck into the empty net to win, 5-2.

The Checkers (6-7-3) will host Bridgeport (5-7-0), the AHL affiliate of the New York Islanders, for a pair of games on Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m. Ticket information can be obtained by calling 704-342-4423 or visiting www.gocheckers.com.


Chris Terry extended his point scoring streak to six games (5g, 3a)…Jerome Samson ranks tied for third in the league in goals (9), and first in the league in shots (84)…Zack FitzGerald leads the league in penalty minutes (73)…The Checkers are 4-1-3 in their last eight games.

Hershey Bears 5 at Charlotte Checkers 2 – Status: Final
Tuesday, November 9, 2010 – Time Warner Cable Arena

Hershey 2 1 2 – 5
Charlotte 0 1 1 – 2

1st Period-1, Hershey, Bouchard 3 (Kane), 5:58. 2, Hershey, Greentree 6 (Bouchard), 6:54. Penalties-Collins Her (interference), 1:05; McNeill Her (fighting), 6:57; Blanchard Cha (fighting), 6:57.

2nd Period-3, Hershey, Wellar 1 (Collins), 13:58. 4, Charlotte, Terry 8 (Samson, Graham), 17:21. Penalties-Bruess Her (hooking), 3:22; Fahey Her (cross-checking), 9:44.

3rd Period-5, Charlotte, Dalpe 3 (Micflikier, Osala), 0:47. 6, Hershey, Greentree 7 (Finley, Fahey), 5:09. 7, Hershey, Kane 5   18:30 (EN). Penalties-McNeill Her (hooking), 10:25; Samson Cha (double minor – high-sticking), 12:31.

Shots on Goal-Hershey 9-8-9-26. Charlotte 6-19-14-39.
Power Play Opportunities-Hershey 0 / 2; Charlotte 0 / 4.
Goalies-Hershey, Sabourin 1-4-0 (39 shots-37 saves). Charlotte, Pogge 3-4-0 (3 shots-1 saves); Murphy 3-3-2 (22 shots-20 saves).
Referees-Jason Rollins (37).
Linesmen-Mike Sheehan, Mark Hamlett (81).


Charlotte Checkers     VERSUS     Hershey

Muphy stumps Hershey offense with 42-save performance

For the second straight game, the Charlotte Checkers witnessed an outstanding performance from their starting goaltender and outlasted the defending champion Hershey Bears, 4-2.

The Checkers have now picked up points in seven straight games (4-0-3).

Mike Murphy made 42 saves, including a flurry in the final two minutes, for his third win of the season. Chris Terry scored the game-winning goal and added an assist to extend his point streak to five games (4g, 3a) while Jerome Samson scored two goals including the insurance marker into the empty net.
Charlotte opened the second period with a 5-on-3 power play for 1:09 and did not squander the opportunity. Samson took a pass from Rodney at the bottom of the left-wing circle and banked it off a defender past Hershey goaltender Dany Sabourin. Drayson Bowman picked up the second assist on the play.

Zac Dalpe would double the Checkers’ lead on the power play, less than two minutes later. Dalpe fired a wrist shot from the right point through a screen by Zach Boychuk and past the blocker of Sabourin. Boychuk and Bowman recorded the assists on the play.

Terry made it 3-0 for Charlotte at the 7:32 mark of the second period. Terry was sent in on a breakaway by Boychuk, held off two Bears defenders, deked Sabourin and tucked the puck home with one hand on his stick.

The Checkers got into penalty trouble late in the second period and were forced to kill off a 5-on-3 for 1:57. Mike Murphy stood tall for the Checkers making saves through traffic and foiled any second chance opportunities the Bears could muster.

Kyle Greentree would cut the Charlotte lead to 3-1, three minutes into the third period, with a power-play goal. The Bears’ power play moved the puck around fluidly in the offensive zone before Greentree snapped a shot from the right-wing dot that beat Murphy far side, off the post and in.

The Bears then pulled within one goal with 8:20 to go in the third period. Greentree banked the puck in off a defender from behind the net for his second of the game.

Hershey applied pressure late in the game but Murphy stopped everything that was thrown his way. Samson potted an empty-net goal with five seconds to play and Charlotte walked away with a 4-2 victory.

The Checkers (6-6-3) will host Hershey again Tuesday at 7 p.m. before hosting Bridgeport for a pair of games on Thursday and Friday. Ticket information can be obtained by calling 704-342-4423 or visiting www.gocheckers.com.


The Checkers are undefeated in regulation in their last seven games (4-0-3)…Chris Terry extended his point scoring streak to five games (4g, 3a)…Jerome Samson ranks second in the league in goals (9), and first in the league in shots (83)…Zack FitzGerald leads the league in penalty minutes (73)…Mike Murphy is second among rookie goaltenders in goals against average (2.22) and second in save percentage (.927).


Hershey Bears 2 at Charlotte Checkers 4 – Status: Final
Sunday, November 7, 2010 – Time Warner Cable Arena

Hershey 0 0 2 – 2
Charlotte 0 3 1 – 4

1st Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Bellemore Cha (interference), 4:06; Terry Cha (hooking), 6:05; Collins Her (tripping), 8:43; Rome Her (interference), 13:29; Boychuk Cha (hooking), 14:19; Miskovic Her (tripping), 19:08; Beagle Her (double minor – high-sticking), 19:29; Kane Her (misconduct – abuse of officials), 19:29.

2nd Period-1, Charlotte, Samson 8 (Bowman, Rodney), 0:40 (PP). 2, Charlotte, Dalpe 2 (Boychuk, Bowman), 2:35 (PP). 3, Charlotte, Terry 7 (Boychuk), 7:32. Penalties-Blanchard Cha (interference), 2:44; Pinizzotto Her (fighting), 3:18; Herauf Cha (fighting), 3:18; FitzGerald Cha (tripping), 17:41.

3rd Period-4, Hershey, Greentree 4 (Fahey, Willsie), 2:58 (PP). 5, Hershey, Greentree 5 (Fahey, Gordon), 11:40 (PP). 6, Charlotte, Samson 9 (Dalpe, Terry), 19:55 (EN). Penalties-Chaput Cha (tripping), 2:21; Micflikier Cha (tripping), 10:59.

Shots on Goal-Hershey 12-14-18-44. Charlotte 5-13-6-24.
Power Play Opportunities-Hershey 2 / 7; Charlotte 2 / 5.
Goalies-Hershey, Sabourin 1-4-0 (23 shots-20 saves). Charlotte, Murphy 3-3-2 (44 shots-42 saves).
Referees-Jamie Koharski (84).
Linesmen-Alex Stagnone, Paul Carnathan (93).


Charlotte Checkers VERSUS Norfolk

Charlotte undefeated in regulation in last six games

Justin Pogge made 41 saves and the Charlotte Checkers put together a full team effort as they downed the Norfolk Admirals, 3-1, in the second game of a home-and-home series on Saturday. With the win, the Checkers are now undefeated in regulation in their last six games (3-0-3).

Pogge was named the game’s first star and stopped 20 shots in the second period alone. Zac Dalpe scored a goal and added an assist while Zach Boychuk scored the game winner early in the second period. Chris Terry extended his point scoring streak to four games (3g, 2a).

Dalpe opened the scoring for the Checkers at the 13:06 mark of the first period when he banged home a rebound. Oskar Osala took a shot from the slot that was stopped by Admirals goaltender Dustin Tokarski. The rebound created a goal-mouth scramble that Dalpe capitalized on for his first goal as a Checker. Bobby Sanguinetti earned the secondary assist.

Just over a minute later, Alex Berry would answer for Norfolk to tie the game up at 1-1. After Pogge made the initial save on a shot, Berry was in the right place at the right time and was able to slide the puck under the Charlotte netminder’s right pad.
Boychuk gave the Checkers a 2-1 lead with a power-play goal at the 3:08 mark of the second period. Chris Terry made a perfect cross-ice feed to Drayson Bowman, who fired a wrist shot on goal. Boychuk, who was screening Tokarski, had the puck hit his mid-section and deflect into the net for his sixth goal of the season.
Pogge kept the Admirals at bay for most of the game. Two minutes after the Checkers took the lead, Chris Durno sprung in on a breakaway and seemed to have a sure goal but Pogge stuck his glove out and made an impressive save. He continued to stymie Norfolk’s forwards and gave up very few second-chance opportunities.
Terry was given a chance to extend the Checkers’ lead, early in the third period, when he was awarded a penalty shot. Terry made a good shoulder fake on Tokarski, but whistled a snap shot wide of the net.
Fortunately for the Checkers, the missed penalty shot did not come back to haunt them as Jacob Micflikier would extend the Checkers lead to two goals at the 11:16 mark of the third period. Dalpe took a shot from the left-wing circle that Tokarski kicked out to the slot and Micflikier made no mistake.

The Checkers (5-6-3) will host the defending champion Hershey Bears tomorrow at 3 p.m. Ticket information can be obtained by calling 704-342-4423 or by visiting www.gocheckers.com.


Chris Terry extended his point scoring streak to four games (3g, 2a)…Zack FitzGerald leads the AHL in penalty minutes (71 minutes).

Charlotte Checkers 3 at Norfolk Admirals 1 – Status: Final
Saturday, November 6, 2010 – Norfolk Scope

Charlotte 1 1 1 – 3
Norfolk 1 0 0 – 1

1st Period-1, Charlotte, Dalpe 1 (Osala, Sanguinetti), 13:06. 2, Norfolk, Berry 1 (Labrie, Pouliot), 14:07. Penalties-Vernace Nor (tripping), 0:19; Mihalik Nor (delay of game), 1:14; Osala Cha (hooking), 1:21; FitzGerald Cha (fighting), 5:28; Gudas Nor (fighting), 5:28; Wright Nor (interference), 15:52.

2nd Period-3, Charlotte, Boychuk 6 (Bowman, Terry), 3:08 (PP). Penalties-Angelidis Nor (high-sticking), 1:54; Blanchard Cha (roughing), 10:00; Terry Cha (hooking), 10:12; Labrie Nor (roughing), 12:42; Boychuk Cha (slashing), 18:03; FitzGerald Cha (boarding, fighting), 19:47; Berry Nor (fighting), 19:47.

3rd Period-4, Charlotte, Micflikier 4 (Dalpe), 11:16. Penalties-Staal Cha (tripping), 15:42.

Shots on Goal-Charlotte 9-11-8-28. Norfolk 12-20-10-42.
Power Play Opportunities-Charlotte 1 / 4; Norfolk 0 / 6.
Goalies-Charlotte, Pogge 3-4-0 (42 shots-41 saves). Norfolk, Tokarski 3-2-0 (28 shots-25 saves).
Referees-Steve Patafie (85).
Linesmen-Scott Pomento (25), Tom George (61).