Rockford completes sweep of slumping Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, NC – Charlottes ten game home stand is standing in tatters at the moment. After a great start to the season on the road the Checkers have just crumbled at home. The Rockford IceHogs completed the double over the Checkers winning 4-1 At the Time Warner Cable Arena.
“I think the effort was there, way better than last night, but it was the little plays we didn’t execute,” said Zac Dalpe. “That’s kind of what hurt us in the end. The goalie made a couple of nice saves but we’re an offensive team and we want to score more than that.”
Rockford took a two goal lead, with Adam Clandening scoring on a power-play in the first period then Kyle Beach added another on a three-on-two break away. Brett Sutter closed the scoring gap for Charlotte in the third period; this was his seventh goal of the season.
A Checker’s turnover gave Rockford goal number three with Brandon Pirri giving them back a two goal advantage. Martin St. Pierre scored on an empty netter to make the score 4-1 IceHogs.
“Guys were working hard,” said defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti. “Maybe yesterday it was a different story, but today was better and we just weren’t getting the bounces.
Charlotte were without Justin Faulk for most of the game due to an injury to his face. It is hoped that Faulk will be available for the next home game on December 7 against Lake Erie.
“We’ve got to be hard to play against at home and make this a tough place to get points,” said coach Jeff Daniels. “Right now it’s easy.”
“I was thinking the other day about how in my three years here, most of our success has been on the road,” said Dalpe.
“We have good crowds, the bench is lively and the room is happy, but we haven’t been able to translate that onto the ice.”
Although Sunday’s performance was an improvement on the last three home games Coach Daniels must be scratching his head in bewilderment. Charlotte certainly upped the tempo against the IceHogs but somehow they did not get the breaks. Of the last 12 games at Time Warner Cable Arena Charlotte have won only three. With six games left in this home stand the team needs to turn things around and make home a fortress. Eddie.Mitchell@ProHockeyNews.com Follow us on Twitter @prohockeynews

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