TOLEDO, OH—The Charlotte Checkers scored two quick second period goals and hung on for the 2-1 victory over the Toledo Walleye on Sunday afternoon.
With the win Charlotte picks up five of a possible six points on its three-game northern road trip and opens up a five-point lead over Toledo for sixth spot in the American Conference.
Ryan Munce stopped 32 of 33 shots while Matt Schepke scored the game-winning goal, his third tally in the last four games.
Late in the first period, the Checkers went to work on a 5-on-3 power play however Toledo goaltender Alec Richards stood strong and turned away everything that came his way.
The Walleye opened the scoring 31 seconds into the second period when Evan Rankin let a shot go that deflected off the skates of a Charlotte defender and past Munce.
Charlotte would even the score at 1-1, with less than seven minutes to play in the period, when David Marshall took a nice pass from Jean-Philipp Chabot, cut to the left side of the net and flipped it past a sprawling Richards for his 16th of the year.
Just a minute and a half later, the Checkers took their first lead of the game when Daniel Tzachuk took advantage of a Toledo turnover and passed it over to a streaking Schepke. Schepke made no mistake and flicked the puck between the legs of Richards to go ahead 2-1.
Charlotte had a late power play chance toward the end of the second, but Richards made some key saves to keep it a 2-1 game.
With time winding down in the game and the Checkers holding a one-goal lead, Toledo pulled its goaltender for the extra attacker and went on the offensive. Munce, however, made several point blank saves to preserve the win and help Charlotte to a 2-0-1 record over the weekend.
The Checkers (32-20-7) will return home on Thursday, Mar. 11 to host Gwinnett. The puck drops at 7 p.m. and ticket information can be obtained by calling 704-342-4-ICE or visiting www.gocheckers.com. Season tickets for the inaugural 2010-11 AHL season are now on sale and 40-game packages start as low as $200.
Notes: David Marshall has three goals in his last four games…Michelle Leveille has nine points (2g, 7a) in his last five games…Andrew Carroll leads the team with 24 goals and ranks tied for first among all ECHL players with three shootout-winning goals…T.J. Reynolds leads the ECHL with 248 penalty minutes and leads the Checkers with a +18 rating…Julien Brouillette and Derek Couture are up with Hartford (AHL), Kenny Roche is with Providence (AHL), Ethan Graham is with Texas (AHL) while Matt Ford and Randy Rowe are with Lake Erie (AHL)…Codey Burki, Chris Chappell, Trevor Glass and Chris Snavely are on the 21-day injured reserve.
Charlotte Checkers 2 At Toledo Walleye 1 - Status: Final
Mar 7, 2010 - Lucas County Arena
Charlotte 0 2 0 - 2
Toledo 0 1 0 - 1
1st Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Stefanishion Chr (holding), 9:36; served by Peralta Tol (bench - too many men), 13:11; Zarb Tol (holding), 14:34; Reynolds Chr (roughing), 19:37; Keefe Tol (roughing), 19:37.
2nd Period-1, Toledo, Rankin 27 (Sawyer, Tanguay), 0:31. 2, Charlotte, Marshall 16 (Chabot, Carroll), 13:10. 3, Charlotte, Schepke 22 (Tkaczuk), 14:39. Penalties-Crane Chr (tripping), 1:23; Keefe Tol (holding), 4:04; Marshall Chr (high-sticking), 6:33; Reynolds Chr (slashing ), 7:04; served by Nebus Tol (bench - too many men), 8:13; Reynolds Chr (fighting - major), 10:53; Nebus Tol (fighting - major), 10:53; Dowzak Chr (roughing), 17:12; Stefanishion Chr (roughing, roughing), 17:12; Hedden Tol (roughing), 17:12; Keefe Tol (roughing), 17:12; MacMillan Tol (roughing), 17:12; Smith Tol (hooking), 18:19.
3rd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Tkaczuk Chr (holding), 11:24.
Shots on Goal-Charlotte 12-16-4-32. Toledo 11-13-9-33.
Power Play Opportunities-Charlotte 0 of 5; Toledo 0 of 5.
Goalies-Charlotte, Munce 17-13-2-1 (33 shots-32 saves). Toledo, Richards 16-10-0-3 (32 shots-30 saves).
Referees-Tim Mayer (11).
Linesmen-Joe DeMizio, Bob Marcis (94).