Charlotte cruises past the Admirals 6-1

CHARLOTTE, NC – Whether it was because Charlotte had not played since last Thursday or maybe the visitors who had been in action for the last three nights were just tired. Within ten minutes of the face-off the Checkers were three goals up with Riley Nash, Tim Wallace and then Chris Terry scoring.
 
“A little bit, but it’s kind of exciting at the same time” said Nash when asked if he felt more pressure to produce offensively with many of the team’s top offensive players in the NHL since last week. “You get more responsibility and you push yourself a little harder, and I enjoy that.”
 
“The power play got us going early and that gave us momentum and confidence,” said coach Jeff Daniels
 
New recruit Luke Pither added number four in the second period and then he score number five in the third. Defenseman Michal Jordan recorded his third goal of the season with just over two minutes to play in regular time.
 
Luke Pither has been a revelation since joining the Checkers, last season he spent the early part of it playing in the ECHL with the Wheeling.   He now has five points from three games as a Checker and is showing an excellent turn of speed and a great shot. The fans have really taken to this 23-year-old voting him “The Roll up Your Sleeves Hardest Worker of the Game.
 
“I’ve got my confidence back, which is something I’d lost over the last couple of years,” said the 23-year-old center, who spent the early part of the season as a Philadelphia Flyers prospect playing at ECHL Wheeling. “It’s good to contribute right away.”
 
“He plays with a lot of speed, has a great shot and made a nice pass to Timmy Wallace on his goal,” said Daniels of Pither. “It’s a fresh start for him and he’s making the most of it.”
Norfolk’s Rod Pelly eventually got the Admirals on the board spoiling Justin Peters shut-out.
 
After two consecutive games where the total shots each game were 17 Charlotte’s attack showed that they were much better than that with a 31 shot night. In the Charlotte goal Justin Peters made 31 saves which helped Charlotte to a seventh win in eight games and the third win against Norfolk this season.
 
Team Captain Brett Sutter was injured in the second period and did not return to the ice.
 
However he appears to be fit for the return game against Norfolk on January 23rd. Still on the injured list are Nicolas Blanchard, Jerome Samson and AJ Jinks.
Wednesday January 23 Charlotte travel to Norfolk.
 
Eddie.Mitchell@ProHockeyNews.com
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