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

Team Statistics

  • Overall record
    2-2-0
  • Home record
    1-1-0
  • Road record
    1-1-0
  • Last week's record
    1-1-0
  • Last 10 games
    2-2-0
  • Division Standings
    4th
  • Conference Standings
    8th
  • League Standings
    16th

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

Priskie

3rd Star

Chase Priskie

0g, 2a
Forsberg

2nd Star

Anton Forsberg

1-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .966 SV%
Geekie

1st Star

Morgan Geekie

2g, 1a

FIVE NOTABLES

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.

RANKS

  • 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)

INJURIES

  • Stelio Mattheos - Missed four games starting 10/5
  • Spencer Smallman - Missed four games starting 10/5
  • Max McCormick - Missed four games starting 10/5

Transactions

Incoming

  • 10/12 - Julien Gauthier assigned by Carolina (NHL)

Outgoing

  • 10/12 - Brian Gibbons recalled by Carolina (NHL)

Coming Up

Friday, October 18 at 7 pm - Checkers at Utica

Saturday, February 19 at 7 pm - Checkers at Syracuse

By the Numbers

CATEGORY RECORD AHL RANK LAST WEEK
Power play 29.4% 3rd 2nd
Penalty kill 95.2% 13th 7th
Goals per game 3.25 t-10th t-10th
Shots per game 35.75 t-2nd 7th
Goals allowed per game 3.00 t-16th t-21st
Shots allowed per game 28.00 10th t-14th
Penalty minutes per game 13.50 12th t-12th


LEADERS

CATEGORY LEADER(S)
Points Morgan Geekie (5), Roland McKeown (4), Jake Bean, Chase Priskie (3)
Goals Morgan Geekie (3), Julien Gauthier, Eetu Luostarinen (2)
Assists Roland McKeown (4), Jake Bean, Chase Priskie (3)
Power play goals Julien Gauthier, Morgan Geekie, Dave Gust, Eetu Luostarinen (1)
Shorthanded goals None
Game-winning goals Anthony Louis, Morgan Geekie (1)
Shots on goal Morgan Geekie (18), Roland McKeown, Hunter Shinkaruk (9)
Penalty minutes Roland McKeown (8), Ryan Horvat (7), Gustav Forsling (6)
Plus/minus Clark Bishop, Steven Lorentz, Hunter Shinkaruk (+2)
Wins Anton Forsberg (2)
Goals-against average Anton Forsberg (1.50)
Save percentage Anton Forsberg (.953)
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.