The Checkers were playing in their third game in as many days but showed no signs of slowing down as they stomped the Bears 5-2.
After a marathon shootout loss last night, the Checkers came out firing in the rematch. Aleksi Saarela opened the scoring with a snipe that had to be reviewed to be believed. Clark Bishop doubled that advantage minutes later and the Checkers were off to the races. Andrew Miller finished off a loose puck on the power play later in the frame, followed shortly after by a point bomb from Josiah Didier, his second goal of the year. Saarela put one last exclamation point on the opening frame with 17 seconds left by roofing another puck to give Charlotte a staggering 5-0 lead through 20 minutes of play.
That explosion would end up being all the scoring for the Checkers. Riley Barber finally got the home squad on the board late in the second, followed 30 seconds later by another Hershey goal, but that would be all Charlotte would cede. Alex Nedeljkovic, playing his third game in a row, would turn aside 29 of the 31 shots he was faced with to pick up the win as Charlotte rolled 5-2.
The win snapped a season-long six-game winless streak on the road for Charlotte and a four-game skid overall … The five goals scored in the first are tied for the most by the Checkers in a single period … Aleski Saarela now has seven goals in six games this season against Hershey … The Checkers have scored a power-play in each of their last three games … Roland McKeown, Lucas Wallmark and Valentin Zykov all extended their point streaks to three games … Sergey Tolchinsky missed the game due to injury … Mike Ferrantino, Nick Schilkey and Dennis Robertson served as healthy extras
Their three-in-three is in the books but the Checkers have one more contest left in this road trip, returning to Lehigh Valley on Wednesday.
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.