- Created: January 28, 2014 - 11:42 am
- Written by Paul Branecky
With officials expecting between five-to-eight inches of snow in the hours leading up to and during the game in Norfolk, the contest between the two regional rivals will now be played on Tuesday, March 4, at 7:15 p.m. As such, the Checkers’ expected five-game road swing is now down to four, with the team planning to take a return bus trip to Charlotte this afternoon before flying out Thursday to face Lake Erie and Abbotsford.
The makeup date of March 4 comes in the midst of what will now become a four-game road trip starting Feb. 26. Charlotte begins that journey with a game in Norfolk before busing up to Hershey for two games and then playing the new date in Norfolk on the way home. The new date extends what was supposed to be a nine-game road swing made up of three separate trips from Feb. 21 to March 12 to 10 games, setting a new franchise record.
The postponement is the first faced by the Checkers this season, though the parent Carolina Hurricanes suffered the same fate on two previous days this month. Defenseman Ryan Murphy, assigned to Charlotte for the first time this season just last week, has experienced all three.
Tuesday’s game would have been the fifth in the GEICO Challenge Cup series between Charlotte and Norfolk. With a record of 3-1-0, the Checkers currently hold a 6-4 points lead in the competition to see which team can earn the most at the conclusion of the eight-game season series.