Wallmark’s forehand-to-backhand move just 1:58 into the extra session completed the Checkers’ comeback from a 2-0 deficit and marked the team’s first road victory since Nov. 12, ending a franchise-record, 12-game winless streak (0-10-2) away from home. Earlier in the game, Jake Chelios and Levko Koper had scored nine seconds apart to erase a 2-0 deficit in the second period.
Michael Leighton made 37 saves for the Checkers, who also ended an overall losing streak of four games. Charlotte now has three wins in its last 14 contests, all of which have come against the Moose.
Charlotte would come roaring back seven minutes later, however, with Chelios getting the third whack at a flurry of chances created when Clark Bishop intercepted a pass in the Manitoba zone and when Koper scored an unlikely goal from behind the goal line to Manitoba netminder Eric Comrie’s right side on the very next play.
Both teams had chances to end the game in regulation, with Charlotte’s best opportunity coming on a four-minute power play drawn by a high stick against Zykov with 11 minutes remaining that would cause the Russian forward to leave the game, and Manitoba’s best coming on a flurry of chances that Leighton thwarted, one of which was on a breakaway down the stretch.
Wallmark, who now has goals in a career-best three consecutive games, ended it in overtime to give the Checkers their third overtime victory of the season.
The Checkers will now prepare for a New Year’s Day rematch against the Moose before departing Winnipeg for the final four games of their six-game road trip in Chicago, Grand Rapids and Milwaukee.