For the first time in over a year, the new-look Checkers hit the ice and pulled off a road split in Pennsylvania to start off the 2021-22 season.
Week in Review
Last week's record
Last 10 games
Checkers 2, Hershey 4
Penalties haunted the Checkers in their season opener, as the Bears struck twice on the man advantage en route to a 5-2 victory. Full recap
Checkers 5, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 2
The Checkers shook off any rust from the night before with a decisive victory over the Penguins behind two-point efforts from Alex True and Lucas Carlsson and 26 saves by Joey Daccord. Full recap
Three Stars Of The Week
1-0-0, 26 svs
1) DACCORD STANDS TALL
Joey Daccord shined in his first start for Charlotte, stopping 26 of the 27 shots he faced to lead the Checkers over the Penguins. The 25-year-old netminder shut down a Penguins squad coming off a big win the night before, including denying an 11-shot barrage in the middle frame and helping Charlotte successfully kill of two of three man advantages.
2) TRUE TAKES OVER
It hasn’t taken long for Alex True to find the back of the net this season, as the forward lit the lamp in both of Charlotte’s contests this weekend. True, who posted 20 points in 27 games for the San Jose Barracuda a season ago and holds a career high of 24 goals in an AHL campaign, also added a helper on Max McCormick’s third-period tally on Saturday to clinch three points in his first two games.
3) HUTSKO STEPS UP
Logan Hutsko didn’t show any rookie jitters in his first pro games this weekend, turning in three assists over the two contests. The Boston College product meshed well with his linemates McCormick and True, with the trio each posting a +3 rating across the road trip.
4) POWERING UP
The Charlotte power play was a bright spot over the weekend, converting once in each contest. The Checkers didn’t have a ton of opportunities on the man advantage, but their two strikes on five chances ties them for third in the league with a 40-percent clip.
HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK
This connection from True to Chase Priskie on the man advantage was not only a thing of beauty, it stood as the game winner!
Saturday, Oct. 23 at 6 p.m. - Checkers vs. Hershey
Opening Weekend presented by Novant Health
My First Checkers Game - Kids tickets cost just $5 and the first 750 kids to arrive will receive a free shirt. Click here to purchase.
Kids shirt giveaway
School Supply Drive presented by First National Bank - bring at least 10 supplies to benefit Classroom Central and receive a free ticket to our game on Sunday, Nov. 28. Most-needed supplies include pencils, crayons, markers, highlighters, dry erase markers, composition books, filler paper, notebooks and pocket folders
By the Numbers
Goals per game
Shots per game
Goals allowed per game
Shots allowed per game
Penalty minutes per game
Alex True, Logan Hutsko (3), Lucas Carlsson, Max McCormick (2)