After Springfield opened the scoring with the first period’s lone tally, the Checkers punched back early in the second. Patrick Giles collected the puck off a clutch offensive-zone faceoff win by Skyler Brind’Amour and fired off a laser that beat Springfield goalie Colten Ellis and tied the game.
Brind'Amour with the huge faceoff win, Giles with the snipe! pic.twitter.com/uU8enslVk8— Charlotte Checkers (@CheckersHockey) January 27, 2024
That deadlock wouldn’t last long, though, as Matthew Peca broke through 98 seconds later to push the home side ahead again - this time for good.
Charlotte’s offense created a flurry of chances across the back half of regulation, but it couldn’t quite crack Ellis. The Thunderbirds countered the Checkers’ final rally attempt with an extra attacker late in the third with an empty netter, and that would seal the deal on the tough defeat for Charlotte.