Needing a win in a big way, the Checkers got goals from their top two scorers, Zach Boychuk and Chris Terry, on the way to a 2-1 victory over the Iowa Wild.
With the win, Charlotte climbed to within one point of the Rochester Americans, who sit in eighth place in the Western Conference after losing earlier in the day. The victory also brings the Checkers to within two points of seventh-place Rockford.
John Muse made 24 saves for his franchise-record 23rd victory of the season, while Terry’s goal extended his point streak to eight games (7g, 3a).
Muse made several key saves later in the period to preserve the one-goal lead for the Checkers, who led 12-3 in shots through 20 minutes.
Iowa fought back and tied the game on a strange goal midway through the second period. The play seemed as though it would be waved off due to icing, but Wild forward Zack Phillips picked up the puck behind the Charlotte goal and fed it to Kris Foucault, who converted a one-timer past Muse from the slot.
In the third period, Iowa defenseman Kyle Medvec was called for a check to the head of Checkers forward Sean Dolan and the dangerous combo of Terry and Boychuk went to work on the power play once again. Boychuk worked the puck back to defenseman Michal Jordan, who fed Terry for his signature one-timer from the right wing, which beat Gustaffson for a 2-1 lead.
Charlotte continued to press in the final minutes and Muse shut the door on two Iowa chances, preserving the victory and securing the all-important two points.
The two teams will meet again tomorrow in Iowa at 8:05 p.m. ET.