The Checkers perfect run on the road finally came to an end Friday as they fell to the Binghamton Devils by a score of 4-3.
Charlotte’s special teams came out of the gates strong, with Saku Maenalanen and Julien Gauthier each notching a power-play goal before the halfway mark of the opening period. A late tally would getthe home side on the board heading into the first intermission, but a Janne Kuokkanen wrister pushed the Checkers on top 3-1 midway through regulation.
The Devils would take control from there, however. After answering Kuokkanen’s strike just over a minute later, Josh Jacobs found the back of the net to erase Charlotte’s lead completely. The Checkers had a chance to respond with a man advantage early in the third but it was the Devils who would capitalize, converting a shorthanded odd-man rush that gave them their first lead of the night.
The visitors would push back with several chances down the stretch but couldn’t put one behind former Carolina goalie Eddie Lack, and the Devils successfully handed Charlotte it’s second loss of the season and first away from home.
Tonight ended a five-game winning streak for Charlotte overall, a seven-game road winning streak this season and a 15-game road points streak that dated back to last season … The Checkers are now 58-41-13 all time in three-in-threes and 20-14-4 in the first games of those scenarios … Janne Kuokkanen extended his points streak to five games, matching the longest by a Checker this season … Saku Maenalanen extended his points streak to three games … The Checkers scored multiple power-play goals for the seventh time this season … By going five-for-five on the PK tonight, the Checkers have successfully killed off 16 of their last 17 power plays against … Zack Stortini recorded his 2,500th pro penalty minute tonight … Greg McKegg missed the game with an injury … Cliff Pu and Dennis Robertson served as healthy extras
The Checkers’ first three-in-three continues tomorrow as they visit the Lehigh Valley Phantoms for a 7:05 puck drop.
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.