Charlotte extends point streak in OT loss

HOUSTON, Texas – Houston tied the game with three minutes remaining in regulation play. A goal by Markus Granland did the damage to Charlotte that was followed in overtime by Aeros Johan Larsson, who scored the winner.
 
The Aeros got on the board first with a wonderful individual goal by Nick Peterson. The Checkers had been beating at the Aeros goal without success. At one period in the second they had outshot Houston 8-0. At the end of the game Charlotte had 32 shots to Houston’s 21.
 
Five minutes into the third period Tim Wallace scored his fifth goal of the season tying the game for the Checkers. That gave Charlotte the impetus to pressurize the Houston goal and to gain the lead when Chris Terry hit a shot that was screened by Jeremy Welsh, it found its way passed Aeros goalie Darcy Keumper into the net.
 
Bobby Sanguinetti then hit a post as Charlotte continued the pressure, and then things changed. Justin Krueger received a penalty for tripping within a few seconds Granland had tied the game. Houston’s Larsson won the game with 1.22 left in overtime.
 
Although the team lost Charlotte continued their point streak to seven games, a franchise record. The last seven games have seen Charlotte 5-0-2 the last time they had a run like this was October 29 to November 7, 2010 when they went 4-0-3. Justin Peters in the Charlotte goal made 18 saves but his four game winning streak came to an end.
 
Charlotte now face Texas and San Antonio over the weekend.
 
Eddie.Mitchell@ProHockeyNews.com
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