CHECKERS RED HOT HEADING INTO DECEMBER
Finish month of November with a 10-2-0-2 record
Overall Record: 13-8-3 (Home 6-4-2, Away 7-4-1)
Previous 10: 8-2-0
Standings: 2nd – East Division, 4th – Eastern Conference
The Checkers were the AHL’s best team in the month of November, and have won seven of their last eight games along with five straight on the road. There is much to be pleased about, including the team’s power play (7th – 20.5%) and penalty kill (2nd- 88.8%), which has allowed a league-low 12 goals. Defenseman Bryan Rodney is on a five-game point streak (4g, 2a) and is currently second amongst all AHL defenseman in scoring with 17 points (4g, 13a). Zach Boychuk is on a six-game point streak (2g, 7a) and is currently tied for third in league scoring while Justin Pogge and Mike Murphy have both been spectacular. Pogge has won seven of his last eight decisions, while Murphy has won four of his last five decisions.
Sunday, Dec. 5 vs. Syracuse Crunch (NHL: Anaheim Ducks)
Sunday, Dec. 6 vs. Syracuse
Friday, Dec. 10 vs. Hershey (NHL: Washington Capitals)
Sunday, Dec. 12 vs. Hershey
LAST WEEK’S RECAPS
Nov. 22 vs. Norfolk (L 7-3)
The Checkers saw their four-game winning streak snapped as they were downed, 7-3, by the visiting Norfolk Admirals on Monday evening. Norfolk forwards Chris Durno and Johan Harju led the way with two goals apiece, while goaltender Cedric Desjardins made 24 saves for the win. Zac Dalpe, Jacob Micflikier and Jerome Samson had goals for Charlotte.
Nov. 24 at Norfolk (W 4-3)
Zac Dalpe scored two goals in 11 seconds in the final minute of the game to propel the Checkers to a 4-3 victory over Norfolk on Wednesday evening. Dalpe had two goals and an assist in the win. Riley Nash and Bryan Rodney scored the other goals for the Checkers, while Justin Pogge was solid all night making 28 saves to record the win. Pierre-Cedric Labrie scored his first two goals of the season for the Admirals.
Nov. 27 at Worcester (W 4-2)
Zach Boychuk scored the game winning goal on a 5-on-3 power play 1:49 into the third period as the Charlotte Checkers doubled up the Worcester Sharks, 4-2, on Saturday evening. Jerome Samson was a major catalyst in the Checkers offense, recording three assists, while Jacob Micflikier, Chris Terry and Jon Matsumoto added goals for the Checkers. Justin Pogge made 41 saves and was named the game’s first star, recording his seventh win of the season. Joe Loprieno and Matt Irwin scored the two goals for the Sharks
Nov. 28 at Hershey (W 5-2)
Charlotte used four unanswered goals to come from behind and beat the defending champion Hershey Bears, 5-2, on Sunday afternoon. Jacob Micflikier scored the game-tying goal on a penalty shot at the 17:46 mark of the second period that seemed to be the turning point and Bryan Rodney scored two third period insurance markers. Mike Murphy was named the game’s first star, making 38 saves for his sixth win of the season and Chris Terry and Oskar Osala scored the other two goals for Charlotte. Mathieu Perrault scored both goals for the Bears.
Goals: Samson (12) Assists: Boychuk (16) Points: Boychuk (25) +/-: Micflikier (+10)
PIM: FitzGerald (84) Wins: Pogge (7) GAA: Murphy (2.64) SV%: Murphy (.919)
Jon Matsumoto is two assists from his 100th pro assist
Brad Herauf is four penalty minutes from 1500 in his professional career
Justin Pogge is two wins away from his 100th pro win
Oskar Osala is four points from his 100th AHL point
NOTES: The Checkers are 7-1-0 in their last eight games...Zach Boychuk is on a six-game point streak (2g, 7a) and is tied for third in league scoring with 25 points (9g, 16a)... Bryan Rodney is on a five-game point streak (4g, 2a) and is second amongst defensemen in points with 17 (4g, 13a)…Riley Nash is on a four-game point streak (1g, 3a)… Jacob Micflikier has 12 points (7g, 5a) in his last ten games… Justin Pogge has won seven of his last eight decisions.
The Checkers will host the Syracuse Crunch next on Sunday, Dec. 5 and Monday, Dec. 6. Don't forget to bring a stuffed animal wrapped in clear plastic for the annual Teddy Bear Toss on Friday, Dec. 10. That game is also the second annual "As Seen on TV Night" where TeleBrands will be on hand again to give away $20,000 worth of product to the first 2,000 people through the door.