Checkers drop SO loss to Stars, 4-3

CHARLOTTE, NC – Charlotte lead the Texas Stars 3-1 in the third period but the Stars rallied to win the game 4-3 in a shootout. It was late in the second period when Charlotte first went ahead when Zach Boychuk intercepted a clearing pass to score an unassisted goal. Texas came right back with Cody Eakin tying the game at one to end the period. The game exploded in the third period when Riley Nash and Bobby Sanguinetti scored for the Checkers.   Boychuk made a nice pass to Sanguinetti, who smashed the puck home. Texas fought back again with veteran defenseman Cam Baker scoring their second on a power-play. With 4.42 remaining in the third, Eakin scored his second of the night with a shot from the left circle. Eakin, who played last season for the Hershey Bears has scored four goals in his last three games against Charlotte. The checkers outshot Texas 4-0 in the overtime period. Ellis, playing his first AHL game since May, 2007 made 38 saves plus seven more in the shootout but took the loss. Five rounds of the shootout went by and the teams were still deadlocked. Only Matt Fraser for Texas and Jerome Samson for Charlotte kept the match level at one until the ninth round. The Checkers then had four opportunities to win the game in sudden-death, but Jack Campbell in the Stars goal stopped Nash, Boychuk, Justin Krueger and Jeremy Welsh. Texas then went ahead with defenseman Jordie Benn scoring to lead off round nine, Bobby Sanguinetti could not convert, giving Texas two points. The Checkers now return to Charlotte before traveling next weekend to Milwaukee and Rockford on the second leg of a nine game road swing. Charlotte will return to Texas on November 17 for the second of an eight game series with the Stars. Charlotte, who was 6-6 in shootouts last season, has lost five of their last six and Dan Ellis in the Charlotte goal fell to a career 8-3 in AHL shootouts. Contact the writer at: Follow us on Twitter @prohockeynews  

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