Skating in their third game of the weekend, the Checkers couldn’t muster any offense against Bridgeport, falling to the Sound Tigers 1-0.
After weathering a first period that saw Charlotte outshoot them 14-5, the Sound Tigers broke through early on in the second. Kellen Jones corralled an errant clearing attempt up the middle and launched a wide-open shot from the slot that found the back of the net to give Bridgeport a lead, and that would be all the home squad needed.
The Checkers would fire 39 shots on goal and were afforded five man advantages throughout the night but couldn’t solve Bridgeport netminder Kristers Gudlevskis, who denied every chance he was faced with. Jeremy Smith turned in a strong effort on his end of the ice, making 22 saves in his first appearance since Feb. 3, but was saddled with the loss as the buzzer sounded for a 1-0 final.
The Checkers finished their third three-in-three of the season with a 1-2-0 record, their worst mark in those scenarios thus far … Today was the sixth time this season that the Checkers have been shutout and the second time in three games … Nicolas Roy’s seven shots on goals are tied for the most in a single game this season … The Checkers have recorded at least 30 shots on goal in seven of their last 14 games and are 2-4-1 in those situations … Today was the fifth consecutive game in which the Checkers have failed to score a power-play goal and the eighth consecutive game in which they have failed to allow one … Today was the fifth time this season the Checkers have been shut out with Jeremy Smith in goal … Jake Chelios and Andrew Miller missed the game due to injury … Tyler Ganly, Mike Ferrantino and Zack Stortini all served as healthy extras
The Checkers will return home for a week of practice before departing on another three-in-three weekend starting next Friday in Providence.
Director of Communications Nicholas Niedzielski joined the Checkers in the summer of 2014. A Texas native, he previously worked for the AHL's Texas Stars.