Week in Review
Last week's record1-1-0
Last 10 games3-1-0
Bridgeport 5, Checkers 3For their first home contest of the season the Checkers engaged in a tough back and forth battle with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers but ultimately ended up falling just short. The clubs traded even-strength goals for the first 40 minutes, with Andrew Miller notching a power-play tally early in the third to knot the score at three. The Sound Tigers would strike back midway through the frame, however, with a low-angle snipe from blue liner Sebastian Aho. The Checkers would attempt to rally down the stretch but couldn’t capitalize, and a last-minute empty netter by Bridgeport sealed the visitor’s 5-3 win. Full recap
Checkers 3, Bridgeport 2The Checkers didn’t have to wait long to avenge their home opening loss, though, as they squared off against the Sound Tigers the following day and reversed their fortunes. After the red-hot Scott Eansor put the visitors on top through one period, the Checkers responded with a pair of tallies in the middle frame from Valentin Zykov and Philip Samuelsson. Charlotte extended its lead in the third, with Nick Schilkey pulling off an impressive redirection for his first pro goal in his pro debut. Bridgeport would pull back with one shortly after on the man advantage, but the Checkers put a halt to things there, riding out the one-goal victory. Full recap
Three Stars Of The Week
Alex Nedeljkovic1-0-0, 2.03 GAA, .933 SV%
Andrew Miller1g, 2a
Lucas Wallmark1g, 4a
HOT STARTDespite suffering their first loss of the season this past weekend, the Checkers have come out of the gates strong during the 2017-18 season. By taking six of a possible eight points, Charlotte matched the second-best four-game start in franchise history, trailing only the 2012-13 campaign. That Checkers team lost their fifth contest of the season giving them seven of a possible 10 points to start the year, meaning this year’s squad could set the best five-game start in team history with a regulation win over the Rochester Americans on Friday.
ALL HAIL THE KING
It doesn’t appear that Lucas Wallmark has lost any of his scoring touch heading into his sophomore season, as the forward has racked up eight points through the first four games. The only player with more points than Wallmark league-wide is Chicago’s Teemu Pulkkinen, who has nine points in three games.
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While Wallmark’s calling card last season was his goal-scoring ability, the Swede is showing more of his playmaking side early on this year. He has racked up six helpers this season – tied for second-most in the AHL – including a three-assist effort in Saturday’s win over Bridgeport.
NED NOTCHES ANOTHER WINContinuing the rotation through the crease, Alex Nedeljkovic took the start on Saturday and turned in an impressive showing. The second-year pro made 28 stops on the night, his most since Feb. 18 of last season, and kept a sharp Bridegport attack at bay.
Nedeljkovic earned his second win of the season Saturday, something that took him until Nov. 22 – six appearances in – last season to hit.
RAW POWERWhile their percentage falls near the middle of the league at 12th overall, the Checkers have been producing with the man advantage so far this season. They have notched a power-play goal in each of their first four games, a streak that already tops any from a season ago. Charlotte also recorded its first game with multiple power-play goals on Saturday, a feat that the team accomplished six times last season.
GOING STREAKINGAndrew Miller and Lucas Wallmark have both recorded at least one point in each of the Checkers’ first four games this season. They are the fifth and sixth players in franchise history to kick off a season with at least a four-game point streak and the first since Sergey Tolchinsky and Phil Di Giuseppe did it in 2015-16. The franchise record for longest scoring streak to begin a season belongs to Chris Terry, who found the scoresheet in each of the first nine games during the 2013-14 season.
- Lucas Wallmark ranks second in the AHL in points, tied for second in assists and tied for second in power-play assists
- Andrew Miller is tied for 15th in the AHL in points
- Warren Foegele is tied for second in the AHL in goals, leads the league in shorthanded goals and points and is tied for the league-lead in game-winning goals
- Alex Nedeljkovic is tied for fifth in the AHL in wins
- Warren Foegele is tied for fourth among league rookies in points and tied for the lead in goals and game-winning goals
- Roland McKeown is tied for the league lead among defensemen in shorthanded assists
- Philp Samuelsson is tied for second among AHL defensemen in shooting percentage
- Brenden Kichton missed 4 games starting Oct. 6
- October 16: (D) Trevor Carrick recalled by Carolina (NHL)
By the Numbers
|CATEGORY||RECORD||AHL RANK||LAST WEEK|
|Goals per game||4.00||t-8th||t-5th|
|Shots per game||26.75||t-23rd||t-13th|
|Goals allowed per game||3.25||14th||t-11th|
|Shots allowed per game||30.00||t-15th||16th|
|Penalty minutes per game||11.25||4th||8th|
|Points||Lucas Wallmark (8), Andrew Miller (5), Warren Foegele, Phil Di Giuseppe (4)|
|Goals||Warren Foegele (4), Valentin Zykov (3), Three tied (2)|
|Assists||Lucas Wallmark (6), Andrew Miller (4), Four tied (2)|
|Power play goals||Valentin Zykov (2), Phil Di Giuseppe, Nick Schilkey, Andrew Miller (1)|
|Shorthanded goals||Warren Foegele (2)|
|Game-winning goals||Warren Foegele (2), Nick Schilkey (1)|
|Shots on goal||Aleksi Saarela (10), Warren Foegele, Lucas Wallmark (9)|
|Penalty minutes||Philip Samuelsson (7), Jake Chelios, Dennis Robertson (6)|
|Plus/minus||Philip Samuelsson (+3), Patrick Brown, Warren Foegele, Lucas Wallmark (+2)|
|Wins||Alex Nedeljkovic (2)|
|Goals-against average||Jeremy Smith (2.99)|
|Save percentage||Jeremy Smith (.903)|