CHARLOTTE, NC – A crowd of 7,719 saw the Checkers win their first homegame of the season after a nine-game road trip. Chicago, who came into the game with an identical record to Charlotte 6-2-1, was a tough nut to crack. The first period was end-to-end, at the buzzer the two teams were tied 0-0.
With 13.35 left in the second period Charlotte’s Drayson Bowman made it an eight-game scoring streak on the season when he put the home side 1-0 up from a pass from Sangunetti.
Chicago came right back and Brett Sterling tied the game with Brad Hunt and Andrew Ebbett assisting. Then with 1.57 left in the period Zac Boychuk put Charlotte ahead on a power-play diverting another Bobby Sanguinetti pass into the goal.
The second period had only a minute remaining when Brett Sutter scored Charlotte’s third goal and his fifth of the season.
Riley Nash then put the icing on the Charlotte cake early in the third period when he finished a feed from Justin Faulk, 4-1 Checkers.
Justin Peters, in the Checkers goal had an excellent game making 27 saves and earning an assist on Riley Nash’s goal, this was his second assist of the season.
Things are looking good for the Checkers although there are still 60-plus games to play.
On Tuesday November 6 they face the Chicago Wolves again. Then on November 8 and 9th they take on the Peoria Rivermen. All three games are at Time Warner Cable Arena.
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