Charlotte’s big guns came to play Friday afternoon, with Riley Nash, Connor Bunnaman and Zac Dalpe all picking up a pair of points and Lucas Carlsson continuing his incredible run with a goal and two helpers.
It was a tightly contested first - the two sides combined for just eight shots on goal - but Gerry Mayhew got the visitors on the board first, jamming home a loose puck out front in the last few minutes of the frame.
The Checkers assumed control of the contest from that point. They ramped up their attack in the middle frame and were able to tack on another pair - the first via a power-play tally from Nash and the second off a quick wrister from Bunnaman in his valiant return from injury.
Mayhew sticks with it and we're on the board! pic.twitter.com/1A7QULnlS7— Charlotte Checkers (@CheckersHockey) March 17, 2023
Carlsson kept things rolling for the Checkers when he blasted one into the back of the net on an early power play in the third, and with a sizable lead in hand Charlotte staved off any pushback from Toronto. Dalpe knocked in one more for good measure, cleaning up a rebound off of Dominic Franco’s chance with 40 seconds left, sealing the deal on the Checkers’ lopsided victory.