CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -
The Checkers rebounded nicely in front of a packed house Saturday night, dropping the Penguins by a 5-3 score.In a reversal of the night before, the Checkers jumped out to an early lead by pumping in three goals before the nine-minute mark and never looking back. The visitors pushed back over the course of the final 40 minutes but it wasn’t enough to overcome Charlotte’s attack, specifically the duo of Julien Gauthier and Nicolas Roy, who each picked up three points on the night.After entering last night’s contest in relief and logging over two periods of play, Alex Nedeljkovic stayed dialed in for the start Saturday, making 32 stops to notch his league-leading 18th victory on the season.
Obviously it was a strong start. I thought the guys came out with a lot of jump. I could tell in the locker room that they were focused before the game, and that’s what you have to be all the time. I know it’s a young group and sometimes it’s hard to stay focused, but that’s my job and the veteran’s job to keep the guys focused," Coach Mike Vellucci said.