CHECKERS STUN PHANTOMS IN SHOOTOUT WIN
Murphy makes 37 saves; Boychuk scores winner in seventh round
GLENS FALLS, N.Y. - Zach Boychuk’s goal in the seventh round of the shootout was the difference as the Charlotte Checkers defeated the Adirondack Phantoms, 3-2, on Saturday evening at Glens Falls Civic Center.
Chris Terry and Matt Pistilli scored in regulation for the Checkers (31-20-2-4) and Mike Murphy, who was arguably the best player on the night, made 37 saves on 39 shots for his 14th win in his last 16 starts.
Michael Leighton made 26 saves on 28 shots in a losing effort for the Phantoms, who fell to 18-31-3-4 on the season.
Terry opened the scoring, just 10 seconds after Adirondack’s Matt Walker was flagged for the game’s first penalty at 12:12 of the first period. Boychuk out-muscled an Adirondack defender for the puck along the boards and fed Pistilli, who fired a pass over to Terry. Terry then snapped a quick shot past Leighton for the 1-0 lead.
Michael Ryan pulled the Phantoms even, 44 seconds into the second period, when he beat Murphy through the five-hole from the left-wing boards. Mike Testwuide started the play with a breakout pass up the boards to Ben Holmstrom, who fed Ryan cross-ice.
The Phantoms carried the play into the third period with many good scoring chances but Murphy was solid and made several impressive saves to keep it a 1-1 game.
Charlotte’s luck would eventually run out as Eric Wellwood picked up a loose puck off a turnover at the net and beat Murphy with 1:59 left in regulation.
The Checkers, however, did not back down and came storming back. With Murphy on the bench for an extra attacker, Terry grabbed the puck and lobbed a shot high in the air toward Leighton. Pistilli was there to knock it out of mid-air and into the net, tying the game with 28 seconds to play.
After a scoreless overtime period, the teams went to a shootout. Drayson Bowman, Jacob Micflikier and Boychuk scored for the Checkers, while Murphy was exceptional and stopped five of Adirondack’s seven attempts to seal the win.
The Checkers (31-20-2-4) continue their road trip tomorrow in Hershey, P.A., by facing the Bears at 5:00p.m. Watch or listen live at www.AHLLive.com. The Checkers’ next home game is Thursday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. when they host the Connecticut Whale (formerly Hartford Wolf Pack). For ticket information, call 704-342-4423 or visit www.GoCheckers.com.
Notes: the Checkers are 5-0-0 against the Phantoms …Charlotte improves to 3-3 in shootouts…Mike Murphy has won 14 of his last 16 starts…Chris Terry has a goal and three assists in the last two games…Matt Pistilli’s goal was his first on the road with the Checkers.
Charlotte Checkers 3 (SO) at Adirondack Phantoms 2 - Status: Final SO
Saturday, February 19, 2011 - Glens Falls Civic Center
Charlotte 1 0 1 0 - 3
Adirondack 0 1 1 0 - 2
1st Period-1, Charlotte, Terry 21 (Pistilli, Boychuk), 12:22 (PP). Penalties-Walker Adk (tripping), 12:12.
2nd Period-2, Adirondack, Ryan 16 (Testwuide, Holmstrom), 0:44. Penalties-Micflikier Cha (tripping), 1:11; Rowe Adk (elbowing), 9:31.
3rd Period-3, Adirondack, Wellwood 12 18:01. 4, Charlotte, Pistilli 2 (Terry), 19:32. Penalties-FitzGerald Cha (cross-checking), 2:56; Matsumoto Cha (bench minor - interference), 5:00.
OT Period- No Scoring.Penalties-No Penalties
Shootout - Charlotte 3 (Bowman G, Dalpe NG, Terry NG, Matsumoto NG, Rodney NG, Micflikier G, Boychuk G), Adirondack 2 (Hamel NG, Ryan G, Holmstrom NG, Wellwood NG, Pither NG, Moore G, Kalinski NG).
Shots on Goal-Charlotte 9-5-9-5-1-29. Adirondack 5-15-16-3-0-39.
Power Play Opportunities-Charlotte 1 / 2; Adirondack 0 / 3.
Goalies-Charlotte, Murphy 15-9-2 (39 shots-37 saves). Adirondack, Leighton 4-8-1 (28 shots-26 saves).
Referees-Geno Binda (22).
Linesmen-Jim Briggs (83), Mike Emanatian (69).