For the second night in a row, the Checkers seemed to outplay their opponent, but fell short in the end, dropping a 3-2 shootout decision to last year’s playoff foe, the Hershey Bears.
For Charlotte, the extra point was an important one and puts the team in a temporary four-way tie for sixth place in the Western Conference.
Bobby Sanguinetti earned two assists on the night to extend his point streak to six games (2g, 8a), while Justin Peters allowed two goals on 28 shots. Cody Eakin and Ryan Potulny scored both Hershey goals for the second straight game.
The Checkers got off to a quick start and appeared to take an early lead but a Zach Boychuk goal was waved off due to the official having blown his whistle.
Charlotte had a bit of a scare later in the period when Sanguinetti was run into the post by Bears captain Boyd Kane. Sanguinetti would be helped off the ice but would return for the second period.
The game’s four goals were then scored in a span of 8:37 of the second period and began when the Checkers went to work on a power play. Sanguinetti got the puck at the right point, faked a shot and dished to Justin Shugg, who fired a wrist shot over the shoulder of Bears netminder Dany Sabourin.
Just 1:40 later, and six seconds into another power play, the Checkers made it 2-0 on a goal by Zac Dalpe. Sanguinetti started the play with a shot from the point and Dalpe was at the top of the crease and banged home the rebound.
As with the previous night, the Bears would not back down and came storming back with two quick goals. Ryan Potulny started the comeback with a tip-in goal off a point shot before Cody Eakin picked up the puck off a favorable bounce and beat Peters far side.
The third period and overtime produced plenty of shots and chances, but no penalties until Joe Sova was called for slashing with 1:44 left in the extra frame. Peters came up big on the penalty kill, however, and the teams headed to shootout, where Bears forward Garrett Mitchell ended it in the fifth round.
NOTES: Three of the games four goals were scored on the power play … Charlotte went 2-6 with the man advantage … Sanguinetti has 14 points (3g, 11a) in his last 11 games, is currently riding a six-game point streak (2g, 8a) and ranks second on the Checkers with 42 points … Chris Terry extended his point streak to four games (1g, 4a) with an assist …