ROSEMONT, Ill – Milwaukee’s loss to Rockford on Saturday opened the door for Charlotte to pass through to the playoffs. The Admirals went down 3-1; they now are looking for home ice advantage with three games remaining in the regular season.
After a goalless first period in Chicago the Checkers went ahead in the second when Matt Beca scored with Brett Sutter and Chris Terry assisting. The game was a back and forth affair with Jordan Schroeder tying the game for Chicago in the third at the 5.31 marker.
Through overtime the score stayed at 1-1, the teams went into the shootout. Of Charlotte’s five players taking on Climie in the Chicago goal, Jerome Samson and Justin Shugg were Charlotte’s only scorers. While Darren Hughes and Brett Sterling put away the puck for Chicago then former Checker Jon Matsumato netted the winner.
John Muse in the Charlotte goal saved 38 of 39 shots while Chicago’s Matt Climie saved 35 of 36 shots. Both goalies had strong evenings making several timely saves. The goalie situation with Charlotte is turning in to an interesting battle with Muse and Rob Madore leading the way and Mike Murphy in the wings waiting to regain his spot between the pipes.
Charlotte now travels to Peoria for a game on Tuesday evening when they face the Rivermen, who have already been eliminated from post season play. Milwaukee is the next opponents next Friday followed by a return to Peoria on Saturday.
Charlotte was without forward Jared Staal, who was suspended for one game because of a boarding incident in Thursday evening’s game against Texas. This is the first suspension in Staal’s three year professional career.