Press release provided by Checkers PR.
HERSHEY, PA - In another low-scoring contest, the Checkers were able to escape with a point in the standings but fell to the Hershey Bears 3-2 in a shootout.
Charlotte’s struggling power-play found a spark and converted twice of five attempts on the night, including a point snipe by Jake Bean late in the third to give the visitors a 2-1 advantage. That lead wouldn’t survive to the end of regulation, however, as the Bears snuck a pinballing puck through a mass of bodies in front and into the back of the net to tie things up with less than two minutes to go, forcing overtime.
The extra frame featured several grade-A chances for both sides, but nothing connected and the contest proceeded to a shootout.
The goalies took center stage in the shootout, with each netminder turning aside their opponent’s first four attempts. Nathan Walker finally broke the ice with a conversion in the fifth round and, with the game on his stick, Janne Kuokkanen was turned aside, clinching a victory for the red-hot Bears.