Friday, October 31, 2014

Game 8: Hamilton Bulldogs at Charlotte Checkers

Puck Drop: Friday, noon.

TV/Radio info: AHL Live / ESPN 730

Records: Checkers 2-5-0, Bulldogs 2-3-2

After splitting a pair of games at Iowa over the weekend, the Checkers return home to play a pair against the Hamilton Bulldogs. The team still is searching for its first home win and is looking to avoid a similar start to last season’s 0-6-0.

Notes: On Tuesday, the Carolina Hurricanes reassigned defenseman Ryan Murphy and center Brody Sutter to Charlotte. Murphy joins the Checkers for the first time this season after playing six games with Carolina. … Murphy’s presence should help the Checkers climb out of last place in the American Hockey League in shots on goal (22.71 per game). … Charlotte did outshoot its opponent for the first time in Saturday’s loss at Iowa. … Brock McGinn and Carter Sandlak scored their first professional goals Friday at Iowa. Sandlak’s also was his first pro point.

Checkers lines: 

Brock McGinn-Ben Holmstrom (A)-Greg Nemisz (A)
Phil Di Giuseppe-Brody Sutter-Chad LaRose
Brendan Woods-Patrick Brown-Alex Aleardi
Kyle Hagel-A.J. Jenks-Jared Staal

Rasmus Rissanen-Michal Jordan (C)
Trevor Carrick-Danny Biega
Keegan Lowe-Ryan Murphy

Drew MacIntyre
John Muse

Healthy scratches: Carter Sandlak, Dennis Robertson, Beau Schmitz

Injured/out: Justin Shugg (upper-body injury).