Last week saw the Checkers take the ice at Bojangles’ Coliseum for the first time, raise a championship banner and pull off a split series with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
Week in Review
Last week's record
Last 10 games
Bridgeport 4, Checkers 2
Despite a quick start and a staggering 44 shots on goal, the Checkers dropped a back-and-forth affair with Bridgeport in their home opener. Full recap
Checkers 4, Bridgeport 1
The Checkers bounced back the following night, riding a strong special teams showing and big nights from Morgan Geekie and Anton Forsberg to a convincing 4-1 victory over Bridgeport. Full recap
Three Stars Of The Week
1-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .966 SV%
1) STARTING STRONG
Morgan Geekie continued to impact the scoresheet over the weekend, notching an assist in Friday’s loss and a pair of goals in Saturday’s rematch. The second-year forward is now the only Checker to record a point in each of the team’s first four games.
Four players in franchise history have started a season with a five-game point streak, including Andrew Poturalski last season, while Chris Terry holds the record by recording a point in nine straight contests to start the 2013-14 season. Four players from that group of five would go on to score at least 50 points that season.
2) FORSBERG SHINES
In his first two games in a Checkers sweater, Anton Forsberg has played lights out between the pipes. The netminder made 33 saves on the road in Springfield to secure the team’s first win of the season, then stopped 28 of the 29 shots he faced on Saturday to lift Charlotte to its first home win of the season.
3) BOUNCE BACK
Despite dropping the first half of each of their two-game sets this season, the Checkers rallied both times and picked up wins the following night. Dating back to last season, the Checkers have not lost consecutive games since Feb. 9 and 10.
4) SQUARE UP
Derek Sheppard and Ryan Horvat both dropped the gloves in Saturday’s win over Bridgeport. They were the first two fights by a Checker this season and just the sixth time the team has had two fighting majors in one game over the last three seasons.
5) KILLING IT
Charlotte’s penalty kill continues to be one of the team’s strongest areas, successfully killing off all 10 of Bridgeport’s power play across the two games this weekend. The Checkers have now killed 20 of 21 man advantages this season, including 19 in a row.
- Morgan Geekie is tied for sixth in the AHL in points (5) and is tied for second in the AHL in shots (18)
- Anton Forsberg ranks 12th in the AHL in goals-against average (1.50) and ranks fifth in wins (2)
- Chase Priskie is tied for fourth among league rookies and 10th among league defensemen in points (3), is tied for the lead among rookies in assists (3), power-play assists (2) and power-play points (2)
- Roland McKeown is tied for third among league defensemen in points (4), tied for the defensemen lead in assists and tied for third overall in assists (4)
- Jake Bean is tied for 10th among league defensemen in points (3)
- Stelio Mattheos - Missed four games starting 10/5
- Spencer Smallman - Missed four games starting 10/5
- Max McCormick - Missed four games starting 10/5
- 10/12 - Julien Gauthier assigned by Carolina (NHL)
- 10/12 - Brian Gibbons recalled by Carolina (NHL)
By the Numbers
|Goals per game
|Shots per game
|Goals allowed per game
|Shots allowed per game
|Penalty minutes per game
||Morgan Geekie (5), Roland McKeown (4), Jake Bean, Chase Priskie (3)
||Morgan Geekie (3), Julien Gauthier, Eetu Luostarinen (2)
||Roland McKeown (4), Jake Bean, Chase Priskie (3)
|Power play goals
||Julien Gauthier, Morgan Geekie, Dave Gust, Eetu Luostarinen (1)
||Anthony Louis, Morgan Geekie (1)
|Shots on goal
||Morgan Geekie (18), Roland McKeown, Hunter Shinkaruk (9)
||Roland McKeown (8), Ryan Horvat (7), Gustav Forsling (6)
||Clark Bishop, Steven Lorentz, Hunter Shinkaruk (+2)
||Anton Forsberg (2)
||Anton Forsberg (1.50)
||Anton Forsberg (.953)