Saturday, March 8, 2014

Checkers win streak snapped at four by Texas

For the third time this season, a Checkers win streak came to an end at four games. And for the second time, it was the Texas Stars that did the honor.

Texas shutout the Checkers, 3-0, on Saturday night in front of 5,469 at the Cedar Park Center thanks to a 23-save performance from 2010 first-round pick Jack Campbell and goals from Dustin Jeffrey, Colton Sceviour and Patrik Nemeth.

Campbell became the second goaltender to shutout the Checkers (28-27-3) this season, joining Lake Erie's Calvin Pickard ( 33 saves on Jan. 31). Although, Campbell's job was made considerably easier by Charlotte, who posted its lowest shots on goal total since December 1st's 18-shot performance against Milwaukee.

Texas (36-16-8), who now has a seven-game point streak and leads the Western Conference, entered the game on three days rest, while the Checkers played for the second time in two days, and it showed.

Chris Terry led the Checkers in shots on goal with five, while Zach Boychuk, both Sutters, and Victor Rask all failed to register a single shot on net. Terry (5), Boychuk (4), Aaron Palushaj (3), and Sean Dolan (3) all saw point-streaks of three or more games come to an end.

The Checkers remain in 10th place in the conference, but now sit seven points out of a playoff spot (after Milwaukee's win tonight) with 18 games still play. They'll face San Antonio tomorrow to conclude a stretch of three games in three days.

The Stars improved to 5-2-0 against the Checkers this season. The two team's will meet for the eighth -- and final -- time this season on Wednesday in Texas (the final game of Charlotte's 10-game road trip).

Notes: Forwards Greg Nemisz and Brendan Woods missed the game due to injury … Defenseman Austin Levi was a healthy extra. ...  Matt Corrente returned from a one-game suspension he served on Friday. Murphy started in the net for the first time since Feb. 20. ... Texas, who boasts the top power play in the Western Conference, finished the night 1-for-4 on the man advantage against the Checkers, with Sceviour netting his AHL-leading 32nd goal of the season.