Slow Start Dooms Rivermen Against Checkers
Charlotte Checkers scored three times in the opening 14:59 on their way to a
4-2 win over the Peoria Rivermen on Friday night at Carver Arena. Evgeny
Grachev and T.J. Hensick scored third period goals but the Rivermen were never
closer than a two-goal deficit.
loss stopped Peoria’s three-game winning streak and moved Charlotte to seven
points ahead of Peoria for the Midwest Division lead. The Rivermen now stand at 27-22-2-1.
took Charlotte just 53 seconds to score the first goal of the game. Zac Dalpe
redirected a pass on goal from just outside the slot and swatted his own
rebound out of the air and into the net for his 13th of the year.
three minutes later the Checkers Zach Boychuk snapped a shot past the glove of
Allen from the left faceoff dot to make the score 2-0. The goal was Boychuk’s
14th of the year and was assisted by Brett Sutter.
Shrugg’s second goal of the season gave Charlotte a 3-0 lead with just over
five minutes to play in the first. Shrugg received a behind the back pass from
Justin Soryal and backhanded the puck over the left shoulder of Allen, off the
crossbar and into the back of the net.
a scoreless second period the Rivermen broke onto the score sheet 32 seconds
into the third period. Evgeny Grachev flew into the offensive zone, along the
right wing boards, and stuffed the puck between the legs of John Muse for his
third goal of the year. Adam Cracknell and Cade Fairchild earned assists on the
the 4:45 mark of the third period the Checkers regained their three-goal lead
when Michal Jordan scored his fourth of the year off of a two-on-one rush. Hensick
had the response just 18 seconds later with his 19th of the year.
outshot Peoria 30-28 while neither team was able to score on the power play. Allen made 26 saves in his first start since
Jan. 28 while Muse improved to 9-2-0 with his 26 saves.