Week in Review
Last week's record3-0-0-0
Last 10 games6-3-1-0
Checkers 3, Hershey 0The Checkers got back on track after a four-game winless skid with a midweek victory against the Bears. Spencer Knight’s stellar performance between the pipes was the driving force for Charlotte, as the rookie netminder turned aside all 44 shots he faced to pick up his second shutout of the season and set the stage for Logan Hutsko’s second-period strike to stand as the game winner. Full recap
Checkers 5, Lehigh Valley 2Charlotte kept that momentum rolling into the weekend series against Lehigh Valley. After surrendering the opening goal, the Checkers racked up four unanswered tallies to blow the game open, and five different goal scorers helped carry the visitors to a big win. Full recap
Checkers 5, Lehigh Valley 2The Checkers brought the offensive firepower to the following night’s rematch as well, as another four unanswered goals propelled the visitors to a weekend sweep. Five different Charlotte skaters notched multi-point games, the power-play broke out for a pair of conversions and Joey Daccord stood tall with 33 saves en route to a lopsided final. Full recap
Three Stars Of The Week
Alexander True0g, 4a
Owen Tippett2g, 2a
Spencer Knight2-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .970 SV%
BOUNCE BACKAfter falling into a season-worst four-game winless streak, the Checkers righted the ship with a perfect week, defeating Hershey once and Lehigh Valley twice by a combined 13-4 score over the three contests. They are now on a three-game winning streak, the fifth time that season Charlotte has strung together a streak at least that long.
KNIGHT'S TIMESpencer Knight turned in his most impressive start of the season on Wednesday in Hershey, earning his second shutout of the season by making 44 saves - the most by any Charlotte goaltender since the 2016-17 season. The rookie then followed that up by helping the Checkers to a 5-2 win over the Phantoms two days later, giving him 64 saves on 66 shots over the two-game stretch. Those strong outings have earned Knight a trip back to the NHL, as the Panthers recalled the netminder on Sunday.
STILL TIPPETTOwen Tippett continues to be an immensely valuable add to the Charlotte roster. The forward posted four points over last week’s three contests, including a two-point effort in Saturday’s win over Lehigh Valley. Tippett has now notched 10 points in eight games with Charlotte this season and has found the scoresheet in all but one of those contests.
TRUE'S HELPING HANDWith two helpers in Saturday’s win, Alexander True earned his second multi-assist effort in the last four games. The forward has picked up at least one assist in each of Charlotte’s last four tilts - totaling six helpers over that stretch - and has 14 points in his last 19 games since returning from his NHL stint with Seattle in late January.
BATTLE FOR THE ATLANTICA successful week, paired with a key win over Hershey, has Charlotte sitting in fourth place in the Atlantic Division standings - .029 points percentage points ahead of the Bears and .035 behind the third-place Wolf Pack. The Checkers are in for a battle down the stretch, as 12 of their 19 remaining games come against the three teams currently ahead of them in the Atlantic standings - Hartford, Springfield and division-leading Providence - plus two more against the Bears.
For this season, the top six teams in the Atlantic Division will make the playoffs, with the top two seeds earning a bye to the second round.
HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEKChase Priskie does it himself with a snipe off the rush in Friday's win over Lehigh Valley!
What an individual effort from Priskie! pic.twitter.com/CK8uZasjiB— Charlotte Checkers (@CheckersHockey) March 5, 2022
- Zac Dalpe is tied for 10th in the AHL in goals (21)
- Cole Schwindt is tied for 10th among AHL rookies in goals (14)
- Connor Carrick is tied for fifth among AHL defensemen in goals (8)
- Logan Hutsko is tied for seventh among AHL rookies in assists (24)
- Connor Carrick is tied for the league lead among defensemen in power-play goals (4)
- Cale Fleury is tied for seventh among AHL defensemen in power-play goals (3)
- Cole Schwindt is tied for third among AHL rookies in shorthanded goals (2)
- Connor Carrick is tied for the league lead among defensemen in shorthanded goals (1)
- Cale Fleury is tied for the league lead in shorthanded assists (3)
- Christopher Gibson is tied for sixth in the AHL in shorthanded assists (2)
- Cole Schwindt leads all rookies and is tied for fourth overall in plus/minus (+21)
- Henry Bowlby is tied for fifth among AHL rookies in plus-minus (+13)
- Logan Hutsko ranks seventh among AHL rookies in plus-minus (+12)
- Chase Priskie is tied for sixth among AHL defensemen in game-winning goals (2)
- Kole Lind ranks fifth in the AHL in penalty minutes (98)
- Serron Noel is tied for seventh among AHL rookies in penalty minutes (51)
- Zac Dalpe ranks eighth in the AHL in shots on goal (142)
- Spencer Knight is tied for the league lead among rookies and tied for sixth overall in shutouts (2)
- Connor Carrick - Out since 2/27
- Grigori Denisenko - Out since 1/15
- Gustav Olofsson - Out since 1/12
- Max Gildon - Out since 12/19
- Chris Gibson - Out since 12/3
- John Ludvig - Out since 11/12
- Mar. 3 - Kole Lind - Assigned from Seattle (NHL)
- Mar. 1 - Antoine Bibeau - Assigned from Allen (ECHL)
- Feb. 28 - Carter Robertson - Signed to PTO
- Mar. 6 - Spencer Knight - Recalled by Florida (NHL)
- Mar. 4 - Ryan Lohin - Assigned to Allen (ECHL)
Tuesday, March 8 at 8 pm - Checkers at Texas
Wednesday, March 9 at 8 pm - Checkers at Texas
Friday, March 11 at 7 p.m. - Checkers vs. Springfield
- Domestic Violence Awareness Night benefiting the Jamie Kimble Foundation
Saturday, March 12 at 6 p.m. - Checkers vs. Springfield
- Star Wars Night - purchase a ticket through this link to support the Carolina Garrison and 501st Legion. $5 of every ticket purchased will be donated to the Make A Wish Western and Central NC Chapter.
- Diaper Drive presented by Piedmont Natural Gas - donate diapers to March of Dimes at the game and receive a free ticket to a future game.
- Blanket giveaway courtesy of Piedmont Natural Gas while supplies last
- Kids cape giveaway courtesy of March of Dimes while supplies last
By the Numbers
|Goals per game||3.42||5th|
|Shots per game||29.32||t-18th|
|Goals allowed per game||2.96||t-10th|
|Shots allowed per game||29.60||13th|
|Penalty minutes per game||11.98||22nd|
|Points||Kole Lind (35), Logan Hutsko (34), Scott Wilson, Alexander True (32)|
|Goals||Zac Dalpe (21), Scott Wilson (19), Kole Lind (17)|
|Assists||Logan Hutsko (24), Alexander True, Cale Fleury (21)|
|Power play goals||Zac Dalpe (8), Kole Lind (7), Three tied (4)|
|Shorthanded goals||Cole Schwindt (2), Six tied (1)|
|Game-winning goals||Scott Wilson (4), Max McCormick, Grigori Denisenko, Carsen Twarynski (3)|
|Shots on goal||Zac Dalpe (142), Connor Carrick (113), Scott Wilson (112)|
|Penalty minutes||Kole Lind (98), Connor Carrick (65), Serron Noel (51)|
|Plus/minus||Cole Schwindt (+21), Max McCormick (+14), Henry Bowlby (+13)|
|Wins||Joey Daccord (10)|
|Goals-against average||Joey Daccord (2.59)|
|Save percentage||Joey Daccord (.914)|