A hot start put Charlotte in the driver’s seat early. Mackie Samoskevich banged in a loose puck out front just 71 seconds into play, then Patrick Giles doubled that lead less than two minutes later when he drove to the net and stuck with the play long enough to push the puck in on a second effort.
gritting and grinding our way to a 2-0 lead! pic.twitter.com/kJjrowgPvA— Charlotte Checkers (@CheckersHockey) December 10, 2023
The Bears broke through before the first buzzer to cut into Charlotte’s lead, but things locked up from there - physicality ramped up and the two sides would sit in a stalemate until the third period.
LET HIM COOK 🧑🍳 pic.twitter.com/2FH4wxO9P3— Charlotte Checkers (@CheckersHockey) December 11, 2023
The Checkers kept the high-flying Bears in check for the majority of the contest, limiting the defending champs to just 14 shots across regulation. Despite not seeing a ton of action, Spencer Knight stood tall when called upon - shaking off the early blemish and turning in a perfect effort from there on out to seal the 3-1 victory for his squad.
⚔️‼️⚔️‼️⚔️‼️⚔️‼️⚔️‼️ pic.twitter.com/bmRViIaZrT— Charlotte Checkers (@CheckersHockey) December 10, 2023