Despite being behind on the shot counter, the Checkers held a firm grasp on the lead through the first 40 minutes - notching a pair of goals both on redirections courtesy of Gerry Mayhew and Zac Dalpe.
The Thunderbirds finally broke through with just five minutes remaining on the clock but the Checkers locked things down from there, and a pair of empty-net strikes from Aleksi Heponiemi and Lucas Carlsson pushed things out of reach to clinch the 4-1 victory.
Dalpe doubles the lead! pic.twitter.com/ZSpdthzLul— Charlotte Checkers (@CheckersHockey) November 20, 2022
While the offense came through in the clutch, it was Mack Guzda who stole the show between the pipes. The rookie netminder finished with a staggering 33 saves on the night and carried the Checkers with over 55 minutes of scoreless hockey. He also picked up his first point as a pro with a helper on Charlotte’s fourth goal.