Halfway through a high-flying overtime period Zac Dalpe scooped up a failed clearing attempt from the San Diego zone and created an odd-man rush, feeding the puck over to Khodorenko who waited out the Gulls netminder and buried the winner into the back of the net.
Khodorenko calls game! pic.twitter.com/XEU5xPbl4H— Charlotte Checkers (@CheckersHockey) November 16, 2023
The regulation portion of the contest featured plenty of action but not much fodder for the scoreboard. The opening tally didn’t come until the waning minutes of the first period, and San Diego headed to the dressing room with the lead. The Checkers tilted the ice in their favor for period two, outshooting the home side 13-5, and were able to snatch the lead away with a pair of tallies - the first a nifty finish in tight from Rasmus Asplund, the second a Casey Fitzgerald point blast that got a piece of Patrick Giles as he created havoc in front of the net.
Making his third start of the season and second of this California road trip, Ludovic Waeber provided a boost for Charlotte on the back end with 24 saves on the night. Most notably the Swiss netminder came up huge for the visitors down the stretch, denying all 12 shots he saw in the third period alone.
QUOTESHead Coach Geordie Kinnear on his team’s play
“I thought the back and forth overtime, it is what it is. We’ve been fortunate against this team. Five-on-five I liked a lot of stuff, especially in the second period.”
Kinnear on his team creating sustained pressure but not having their shots fall
“You have to give [San Diego] a lot of credit, they blocked a lot of shots and didn’t allow us to get a lot of pucks to the blue paint even though we were trying to get it there. Credit to that team.”
Kinnear on his team’s strong forechecking tonight
“That’s how we want to play. We’ve got some guys that can move up front on the forecheck. I didn’t have four lines but I had all the forwards going tonight. We dressed one short but I thought everyone was on it tonight. Which is good, especially after not a great game in San Jose.”
Kinnear on injury updates for Justin Sourdif, Matt Kiersted, Mack Guzda and Spencer Knight
“Honestly most of these guys are more day-to-day. Kiersted still maybe a little bit longer.”