Charlotte gets back to winning ways

CHARLOTTE, NC – After a slow start when they went down 2-0 to Abbotsford in the first ten minutes of the game the Checkers rallied to beat the Heat 5-4. Chris Breen and Tyler Ruegseggar put the visitors ahead then in the fifteenth minute Charlotte’s Luke Pither scored his fourth goal of the season as a Checker.
 
The defeat ended Abbotsford’s five-game win streak; it also meant that Charlotte regained top spot in the South Division.
 
“The bench was very positive and upbeat, saying we needed to keep it at it and grind it out,” said Daniels. “It was a win that we needed.”
 
Unlike the previous game when Charlotte spend two periods spinning their wheels today they came back strongly with three goals in the second period with Brett Bellemore, Michal Jordan and Tim Wallace all getting on the score board.
 
The Checkers Brett Bellmore’s goal that tied the game after five minutes of the period kept the game level until Dustin Sylvester regained the lead for the Heat. Sylvester’s goal was controversial as Charlotte players felt that he impeded Muse in the Checkers goal. Michal Jordan and Tim Wallace then scored for Charlotte to put them back in front to finish the period.
 
“It’s definitely tough when you go down early in a game, but we showed what kind of team we are,” said Michal Jordan, whose five goals on the season are a new career high.
 
In the fifth minute of the third period, Abbotsford tied the game again through Akim Aliu. Three minutes later defenseman Bob Raymond scored the winner for Charlotte. Charlotte outshot Abbotsford 39 to 18.
 
“It was an emotional rollercoaster for me,” said Jordan, who fans voted as a Western Conference starter in Monday’s All-Star Classic, along with teammate Justin Peters, earlier Saturday. “It’s not nice when I’m on the ice when the other team scores, and that made me kind of mad. I found a way to suck it up, and I thought we dominated in the second half.”
 
Charlotte’s next game is on the road at Oklahoma City Barons on Thursday January 31, 2013 face-off 8.00PM.
 
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