PHN’s Best Shots of the Game: Checkers drop home opener to WIld Momentum of two road wins can't be sustained at home


CHARLOTTE, NC – The Checkers opened their 2013-14 home schedule with a thud. The Iowa Wild skated into Charlotte and dropped a 3-1 defeat on the Checkers.

At the other end, Mike Murphy stopped 24 of 27 as Charlotte, playing for the first time since Oct. 5, fell to 2-1-0 on the season.

After scoring three goals in each of their first two games, road wins over the Oklahoma City Barons, the Checkers had trouble generating consistent pressure but also saw several of their best attempts blocked by Wild players.

“We didn’t score enough, but I thought the effort was there,” said coach Jeff Daniels. “We have to do a better job of bearing down to get those rebounds, and when we didn’t have the puck, we passed instead of going for the shot.

“You also have to give credit to them. They played a good, solid road game.”

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