Stars best Charlotte in marathon SO, 1-0

CEDAR PARK, Texas – Dan Ellis in the Charlotte goal made 31 saves to earn his second shut-out of the season, but it was not enough to give the visitors the win. At the end of regulation and overtime the score was deadlocked 0-0. Then in the shootout the Checkers scored only once through Samson, who scored in the second round. Texas then tied the game with Matt Fraser in round four. Ellis in the Checkers goal kept seven of the Texas shooters at bay while Cristopher Nilstrop in the Stars goal made 22 saves to record his second shutout in three days. Texas Stars Toby Peterson scored the winner in round nine.
Last season Charlotte had a similar result against the Chicago Wolves when they lost in a shootout with goalie John Muse making 32 saves. This was the first time this season the Charlotte had been shut out. The Checkers went into the game as the leading offense in the American Hockey League. It was Dan Ellis in the Charlotte goal who shone bright on a night when the offense disappeared. Ellis came up big on several important occasions especially with only seconds remaining in regulation, when he made a tremendous save.
Charlotte had shots from Justin Faulk and Tim Wallace hit the Texas post, however this was one of the clubs worst evenings as an attacking force, they were outshot 31-22 by the home team. The Checkers are 11-15 in shootouts in their three seasons in Charlotte.
The team now travels back to San Antonio for tonight’s game against the Rampage.
Eddie.Mitchell@ProHockeyNews.com
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