The Checkers’ longest road trip of the season thus far featured some up-and-down results, but the team ended it on a high note.

Week in Review

Team Statistics

  • Overall record
    7-7-3
  • Home record
    3-2-1
  • Road record
    4-5-2
  • Last week's record
    1-1-1
  • Last 10 games
    3-4-3
  • Division Standings
    7th
  • Conference Standings
    14th
  • League Standings
    24th

Lehigh Valley 3, Checkers 2

The Checkers kicked things off with a midweek matchup in Lehigh Valley, where they battled back to erase a two-goal deficit and tie the game early on in the third. The Phantoms would get the last laugh, however, notching the game-winning goal inside of the final three minutes of play. Full recap

Lehigh Valley 5, Checkers 4

After a day off the Checkers returned to Lehigh Valley and engaged in a back-and-forth affair, trading goals with the Phantoms until an early third-period strike from Max McCormick gave the visitors a 4-2 lead. The Phantoms punched back, however, scoring twice in just over two minutes to tie the game and force overtime, then coming through with the winner less than 90 seconds into the extra frame. Full recap

Checkers 1, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 0

The Checkers wrapped up their extended road trip with a visit to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton for a matchup against former coach Mike Vellucci. A goalie battle ensued between Calder Cup-winning duo Alex Nedeljkovic and Dustin Tokarski, and it was the former who came out victorious with a 22-save shutout. Chase Priskie netted the lone goal on the night, notching a power-play tally with less than five minutes to play to earn Charlotte the victory. Full recap

Three Stars Of The Week

Bean

3rd Star

Jake Bean

2g, 0a
Nedeljkovic

2nd Star

Alex Nedeljkovic

1.51 GAA, .932 SV%, 1 SO
Priskie

1st Star

Chase Priskie

1gwg, 1a

FIVE NOTABLES

1) KILLING IT

The Checkers continue to dominate when it comes to the penalty kill. They were perfect across their three-game week and have now successfully killed 41 of their last 42 times shorthanded. Boasting the top-ranked penalty kill in the league, the Checkers have allowed just five power-play goals all season and just two in their last 10 games.

2) NED SAYS NO

Facing his former coach’s new team, Alex Nedeljkovic stopped all 22 shots he saw on Saturday to shut out the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, giving him his second shutout of the season and his franchise-leading 12th in a Checkers sweater. Nedeljkovic is now 3-1-1 in his last five starts, surrendering just six total goals over that stretch, and has shutouts in two of his last three starts.

3) MAXED OUT

With a goal in Friday’s overtime loss and an assist in Saturday’s win, Max McCormick continues to heat up offensively. The forward has now recorded a point in five of the last six games and has already matched his 25-game point total with Colorado last season (8) through his first 13 games with the Checkers.

4) CLOSE CALLS

The Checkers are making a habit of close contests, with six of their last seven games having been decided by one goal – including each of the last four. They have had nine of their 17 games this season decided by a single goal, posting a 3-3-3 record in those situations.

5) POWERING UP

The penalty kill may be garnering most of the attention, but Charlotte’s power play has swung in the right direction as of late as well. The Checkers have a power-play goal in five of their last six games and have pushed their percentage up enough to crack the AHL’s top 10, slotting in as the ninth-best man advantage in the league.

RANKS

  • Chase Priskie is tied for fifth among rookie defensemen in points (10) and tied for fourth in assists (7)
  • Kyle Wood leads all AHL defensemen in shootout goals, shootout percentage and shootout winners

INJURIES

  • Stelio Mattheos - Missed seven games starting 11/8

Transactions

Incoming

  • 11/19 - Kerby Rychel - Signed to AHL contract

Outgoing

  • 11/25 - Casey Bailey - Released from PTO
  • 11/21 - Cedric Lacroix - Assigned to Greenville (ECHL)
  • 11/20 - Anthony Louis - Traded to Texas (AHL)

Coming Up

Tuesday, Nov. 26 at 7 p.m. - Checkers vs. Cleveland

  • Giving Tuesday - celebrating Charlotte nonprofits

Wednesday, Nov. 27 at 7 p.m. - Checkers vs. Cleveland

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  • Winning Wednesday presented by Farm Bureau Insurance - Enjoy $1 beer and get a free ticket to our next Wednesday game if we win. Special 2 for $40 available online now.
  • College Night presented by Hendrick Acura - get $15 best available tickets with your valid college email address when purchasing online.
  • Teacher Appreciation Night - for ticket questions, email Jeremy Recoon

Saturday, Nov. 30 at 6 p.m. - Checkers vs. Providence

CEENTANovant Health
  • My First Checkers Game - $5 kids tickets available and the first 1,500 kids to arrive get a free jersey courtesty of CEENTA. Click here to purchase.
  • Teddy Bear Toss presented by Novant Health - bring a stuffed animal to throw on the ice following our first goal. Animals will be donated to children affiliated with local nonprofits

Sunday, Dec. 1 at 1 p.m. - Checkers vs. Providence

Novant Health
  • Toy Drive presented by Novant Health - donate a toy to receive a free ticket to a future game.
  • Postgame Skate presented by Novant Health - take the ice with the players after the game. Special package including game ticket and postgame skate admission now available. More info

By the Numbers

CATEGORY RECORD AHL RANK LAST WEEK
Power play 20.8% t-7th 7th
Penalty kill 94.0% 1st 1st
Goals per game 2.65 23rd t-23rd
Shots per game 30.35 14th 16th
Goals allowed per game 2.94 18th 17th
Shots allowed per game 29.47 14th 16th
Penalty minutes per game 15.00 5th 3rd


LEADERS

CATEGORY LEADER(S)
Points Morgan Geekie (11), Brian Gibbons, Chase Priskie (10)
Goals Julien Gauthier (6), Morgan Geekie, Eetu Luostarinen (5)
Assists Roland McKeown (8), Brian Gibbons, Chase Priskie (7)
Power play goals Julien Gauthier (3), Four tied (2)
Shorthanded goals Eetu Luostarinen, Chase Priskie, Brian Gibbons, Colin Markison (1)
Game-winning goals Six tied (1)
Shots on goal Julien Gauthier (46), Morgan Geekie (40), Clark Bishop (34)
Penalty minutes Kyle Wood (22), Morgan Geekie, Max McCormick (20)
Plus/minus Fredrik Claesson (+5), Clark Bishop (+3), Cavan Fitzgerald, Colin Markison (+1)
Wins Anton Forsberg (4)
Goals-against average Alex Nedeljkovic (2.46)
Save percentage Alex Nedeljkovic (.912)
Nicholas Niedzielski
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Director of Communications Nicholas Niedzielski joined the Checkers in the summer of 2014. A Texas native, he previously worked for the AHL's Texas Stars.