Charlotte rallies past Rampage, 4-3

CHARLOTTE, NC – The last three games have seen Charlotte win three times, the latest was against the San Antonio Rampage. This gives the Checkers the second best record in the AHL.
 
San Antonio started quickly when Drew Shore and Quinton Howden put the Rampage 2-0 ahead.
 
In the first period, Shore scored on a power-play after Checkers captain Brett Sutter was sent to the penalty box for slashing. Howden’s goal came in the second period after Tyson Strachan’s shot rebound to him.
 
Nicolas Blanchard got Charlotte back into the match with five minutes left in the period, 2-1 Rampage. The San Antonio team reacted immediately and put Justin Peters under pressure.
 
Peters however made 17 saves and added his third assist of the season, a career high. He also earned his fourth win in a row, a personal record.
 
The third period saw the Checkers storm back with Zac Dalpe getting on the scoreboard twice at the beginning of the period. The first came in under a minute on a power-play. He then converted his second to put Charlotte 3-2 ahead.
 
Samson’s 100th point for the Checkers with Riley Nash and Peters assisting gave Charlotte a little bit of a cushion. That was fortunate as Andre Deveaux scored two minutes later but it was not enough for the home team.
 
The Checkers entered the game after their longest break so far this season, one full week. San Antonio had played the evening before at nearby Austin. The Rampage did not show any wear from the previous night’s game however.
 
Charlotte now travels to Austin to play the Texas Stars Saturday.
 
They then return to San Antonio for Sunday’s game against the Rampage.
 
Eddie.Mitchell@ProHockeyNews.com Follow us on Twitter @prohockeynews

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