Charlotte’s prolific offense came up empty in the team’s first visit to Toronto this season as the Checkers fell to the Marlies 4-0.
The Checkers’ attack, which was averaging over four goals a game heading into tonight, only managed to fire 24 shots in the contest and failed to solve Marlies netminder Garret Sparks, who picked up his first shutout of the season.
Jeremy Smith was between the pipes for Charlotte and was formidable for much of the game, fending off unrelenting pressure from Toronto. After keeping things scoreless in the first frame, Smith surrendered a pair of tallies late in the second, finally breaking after seeing a staggering 18 shots during the period. The Marlies would tack on two more early in the final frame and that would be more than enough to seal Toronto’s fifth win of the season.
The Checkers found themselves in penalty trouble throughout the contest, handing the Marlies six man advantages overall. The visiting penalty kill stood tall, however, keeping Toronto’s power play at bay until Dymtro Timashov’s strike early on in the third. The Checkers were afforded three power plays on the night, but for the first time this season they failed to register any goals on the man advantage.
Tonight marked the first time the Checkers have been shut out this season and the first time they were shut out on the road since Dec. 2016 … Warren Foegele’s penalty shot attempt was Charlotte’s first on the road since Feb. 2016. The Checkers haven’t scored on a penalty shot on the road since Nov. 2010 … The Checkers have allowed the first goal of the game in every contest this season … Andrew Miller and Lucas Wallmark both had their five-game scoring streaks snapped … Mike Ferrantino made his AHL debut … Brenden Kichton, Julien Gauthier and Aleksi Saarela all missed the game due to injury … Tyler Ganly and Nicolas Roy served as the healthy extras
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.