Saturday, March 8, 2014

Checkers win fourth straight

The Checkers picked up their fourth win in a row to tie their longest win-streak of the season with a 5-4 shootout victory over the San Antonio Rampage on Friday.

Despite playing without Justin Peters (recalled back to the Hurricanes from his 14-day conditioning stint with Charlotte), who had recorded the team's last three wins in net and defenseman Ryan Murphy (Recalled to the Hurricanes after Justin Faulk was placed on IR), who was in the midst of an 11-game point-streak at the time of his recall, the Checkers managed to continue their momentum.

John Muse, playing for the first time in two weeks, made 35 saves in net -- including a walk-off stop of the Rampage's Alex Petrovic during the shootout to record his 18th win of the season.

On the offensive side of the ice, Sean Dolan (2g, 1a) netted a a career-high three points in the win, with Justin Shugg and Aaron Palushaj supplying the other two goals in regulation.

Palushaj’s goal gave him 200 career professional points and six points (1g, 5a) in his last three games overall.

In the shootout, Muse stopped four of the five Rampage shooters, making the two goals from Brody Sutter and Palushaj all the Checkers needed.

Charlotte is now 4-2-1 on its franchise-record run of 10 consecutive road games. A stretch that is set to continue with a game against Texas on Saturday night. A set of three games in three nights will conclude when the Checkers return to San Antonio for a rematch on Sunday.

With both Milwaukee and Oklahoma City winning on Friday night, the Checkers remained in 10th place, five points out of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Notes: Chris Terry (5), Zach Boychuk (4), Michal Jordan (4) and Sean Dolan (3) each recorded points on Friday to extend their current-point streaks. ...Defenseman Matt Corrente missed the game due to a one-game suspension. Rookie Austin Levi, recalled from ECHL Florida on Thursday, played his first AHL game since Jan. 3 in his place. … Forward Brendan Woods missed the game due to injury.