Alex Nedeljkovic was peppered with 25 shots during the game, including 11 during Bridgeport’s third-period push alone, but was up to the task on all 25, notching his second shutout of the season and his 15th victory.
After a period and a half of stalemate hockey, the Checkers started the scoring off thanks to an eye-popping individual effort by Warren Foegele that saw him follow up on the rebound of his own shot. The forward then sparked another Checkers’ goal minutes later, firing an initial shot that was knocked home by Nicolas Roy to give Charlotte a 2-0 lead through 40 minutes of play.
The Checkers buckled down in the third to keep the Sound Tigers’ rally attempt at bay until Foegele burst out and tallied an empty netter in the final minute of play to clinch Charlotte’s decisive win.
We had more guys back. Walllmark adds to our top line. Nicky Roy was playing on our top line and now he played on the fourth line. When you get Saarela and Wallmark back it gives you strength down the middle. We played well..
Vellucci on the key to winning
Obviously Ned played really well, held us in there and made some really big saves when we did have some trouble, but we scored some ugly goals in the dirty areas which isn’t normally our game. That’s something I’ve been preaching all year long and we did it there. We had to learn to win those tight games and get those ugly goals.
Alex Nedeljkovic on breaking the team’s losing streak
I don’t know if we did anything different than we did the last two games here against Toronto. Tonight we just wanted to break the skid because we got in a bit of a slump there and you never want to fall too far behind in the standings. Tonight was a good one to kind of get us back on track.
Nedeljkovic on winning a low-scoring game
Teams are bearing down and tightening up defensively, and come playoff tie you’re not going to score six goals a game. We’ve got to be more consistent defensively, and tonight was a really good way to show that.