Thursday, March 27, 2014

(Video) Wild game vaults Checkers into top eight

If the season were to come to a close today, the Charlotte Checkers would be the eighth seed in the Western Conference playoffs, thanks to an emphatic 7-0 win over the Iowa Wild on Wednesday night in front of 4,675 at Wells Fargo Arena.

Here's a rundown of the Checkers records set on the night...

-- With five points (2g, 3a), Zach Boychuk set a new Checkers' franchise record for points in a game (previous mark was four points, which was done 15 times).

-- Boychuk recorded his first career Gordie Howe Hat Trick (a goal, an assist and a fight)

-- The 7-0 win matched the largest margin of victory for the Checkers.

-- John Muse made 22 saves to extend his win total this season to 24, a franchise-record.

-- In his first game back from the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes, defenseman Ryan Murphy picked up an assist to set a new team record with points in 12 consecutive games (1g, 14a). His point streak breaks the team record set by Bobby Sanguinetti in 2011-12

-- Chris Terry (27g, 38a) had three assists to tie Boychuk’s franchise record for most points in a single season (65) set in 2010-11

-- With eight fights, the game set new franchise records for most penalty minutes by the Checkers (86), by an opposing team (162) and by both teams (248). The previous records stood at 48, 82 and 124, respectively (videos below).

Notes: With Wednesday's win, the Checkers probability of making the playoffs jumped 13.5 percent to 51.4 percent, according to ... Defenseman Michal Jordan extended his point streak to five games (1g, 5a) with an assist on Boychuk’s second goal. ... The Checkers finished the night 4-for-5 on the power play. They are now 10-for-22 over their last four games. For the season, Charlotte has a 23.3 percent success rate, good for second in the AHL. ... The Checkers leaped past Rochester into eighth place in the Western Conference with the win. The Americans (30-26-10) have dropped their last eight games. ... Greg Nemisz, Aaron Palushaj and Brendan Woods missed the game due to injury … Matt Marquardt and Dennis Robertson were the healthy scratches.


Here's some post-game quotes from the Wild, via The Desmoines Register:

“It’s embarrassing when it comes to that,” Iowa captain Jake Dowell said. “But, we’re proud of each other for sticking up for one another and sticking up for ourselves. But, that shouldn’t have to happen again.”

“That’s not the way we like to see hockey games go because that’s not really playing hockey,” Dowell said. “That’s just brawling.”

"I just wanted to get out of that third period healthy," Checkers coach Jeff Daniels told team writer Paul Branecky on Friday. "I liked the way we handled it, but there was no need for what happened and it was actually a little embarrassing."

(s/t to @EricBoulton26 for all the video. h/t to @wyshynski who had the videos and quotes together first)