FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - OCT. 20, 2017
CHECKERS EARN COMEBACK WIN IN ROCHESTER
Team scores five unanswered goals, improves to franchise-best 4-1-0 on the season
CHARLOTTE, NC - The Checkers scored five unanswered goals to erase a 2-0 deficit and mark the best start in team history with a 5-2 victory in Rochester on Friday.
Zack Stortini started the rally with a wraparound goal early in the second period, with Warren Foegele, Trevor Carrick and Roland McKeown all finding the score sheet before the furious middle frame had concluded. Andrew Poturalski added his first of the season less than a minute into the third period as Charlotte improved to a franchise-best 4-1-0 start in their first five games of the regular season.
Charlotte will now take a perfect 3-0-0 record on the road with them as they continue this weekend’s trip with a pair of games in Toronto on Saturday and Sunday.
Alex Nedeljkovic also improved to 3-0-0 on the season with a 20 save effort that came in a game that saw his team out-shoot the opposition 32-22, including a 12-5 mark during the second-period onslaught. He got plenty of goal support from the Checkers, who have scored at least three goals in each of their games this season. Tonight’s five-goal output tied a season high set twice earlier and came against a Rochester team that entered the contest with the league’s No. 1 ranked defense.
The Checkers’ offensive prowess has helped erase the kind of slow start that they’ve seen all season, as the team, despite its record, has allowed their opponent to open the scoring in each game.
The Checkers finished their eight-game season series with Manitoba at 6-2-0 â€¦ Wallmark and Jake Chelios (one assist tonight) led the Checkers with nine points in the series â€¦ Wallmarkâ€™s 21 goals are tied for second among AHL rookies and are two shy of matching the club record for most by a rookie in a single season (Zac Dalpe, 2010-11) â€¦ Miller has 13 points (4g, 9a) in his last nine games â€¦ Brickley has 10 points (5g, 5a) in his last 15 games after scoring just seven in his first 37 â€¦ The Checkers now have seven shorthanded goals this season, two of which came during this series in Manitoba â€¦ The Checkers allowed less than three goals for just the second time in their last nine games â€¦ Checkers forwards Erik Karlsson and Danny Kristo left the game with injuries in the first period and did not return â€¦ Forwards Bryan Bickell, Patrick Dwyer and Kyle Hagel and goaltender Michael Leighton missed the game due to injury â€¦ Defenseman Tyler Ganly was a healthy extra.
The Checkers will continue their three-games-in-three-days weekend with 4 p.m. games in Toronto on Saturday and Sunday.