The Checkers recalled Mitchell Heard on Saturday, marking the second consecutive day that they brought a player in from their ECHL affiliate in Florida.
The recent recalls of Lorentz and Heard mark the only times this season that the Checkers, who had three extra forwards on their roster as recently as last week, have required ECHL reinforcements at the position.
Heard, a 25-year-old forward who registered four assists and 53 penalty minutes in 36 games with the Checkers last season, has spent the entirety of the present campaign with the Everblades. There, he ranks tied for second on the team with 27 points in 29 games, leads the team with 71 penalty minutes and is tied for the team lead with a plus-13 rating.
Tonight’s game concludes a three-game, post-Christmas road trip for the Checkers, who will tonight try to avoid losing three consecutive games for the first time since suffering a four-game slide from Nov. 11-18.