Overall Record: 32-20-7 (Home 17-7-3, Away 15-13-4)
Previous 10: 4-5-1
Standings: 3rd – South Division, 6th – American Conference
Charlotte rebounded from a three-game losing streak and earned five of a possible six points on a northern swing through Wheeling and Toledo this weekend. Michel Leveille led the way offensively during the week with two goals and five assists in four games, including a five point effort (1g, 4a) in Saturday’s 6-5 overtime loss to Toledo.
The Checkers will now play nine of the next 11 games at Time Warner Cable Arena, a building in which they have only two regulation losses since Dec. 26 – a span of 11 games.
Mar. 3 vs. Cincinnati (L 5-3)
The Checkers outshot the Cyclones 34-15 but dropped just their second game in the last 11 at home. Defenseman Tysen Dowzak scored his first ever professional goal while Cyclones goaltender Jeremy Smith stopped 31 of 34 shots. The two teams would exchange goals seven times before Cincinnati added the empty-net goal to seal the victory.
Mar. 5 @ Wheeling (W 3-2, SO)
The Checkers started their three-game northern road swing with a win as they edged Wheeling 3-2 in a shootout. Ryan Munce rebounded from Wednesday’s loss to Cincinnati with 34 saves on 36 shots for his 16th win of the season. Andrew Carroll notched his third shootout-winning goal of the season, tying him for first in the ECHL while Kenny Roche added two assists.
Mar. 6 @ Toledo (L 6-5, OT)
Charlotte forced overtime with a late third period goal by Michel Leveille but was edged, 6-5, in the extra frame by the Toledo Walleye on Saturday evening. Leveille led the way offensively with a career-high five points and his four assists fell one shy of a Checkers single-game record. Ryan Munce outperformed his Toledo counterpart with 45 saves but was unable to get the win.
Mar. 7 @ Toledo (W 2-1)
Ryan Munce stopped 32 of 33 shots while Matt Schepke scored the game-winning goal as the Checkers scored two quick second period goals and hung on for the 2-1 victory over Toledo. With the win, Charlotte opened up a five-point lead over Toledo for sixth spot in the American Conference.
Matt Schepke has three goals in his last four games and leads the team with a +19 rating…Michelle Leveille has nine points (2g, 7a) in his last five games…Andrew Carroll leads the team with 24 goals and ranks tied for first among all ECHL players with three shootout-winning goals…Julien Brouillette and Derek Couture are up with Hartford (AHL), Kenny Roche is with Providence (AHL), Ethan Graham is with Texas (AHL) while Matt Ford and Randy Rowe are with Lake Erie (AHL)…Codey Burki, Chris Chappell, Trevor Glass and Chris Snavely are on the 21-day injured reserve.
3/6 Delete Kenny Roche Loaned to Providence (AHL)
3/3 Delete Miika Wiikman Recalled to New York Rangers
3/3 Add Kenny Roche Returned from Hartford (AHL)
3/3 Add Devin DiDiomete Assigned by Hartford (AHL)
2/28 Delete Julien Brouillette Loaned to Hartford (AHL)
The Checkers will host Gwinnett Thursday at 7 p.m. and ticket information can be found at www.gocheckers.com or by calling 704-342-4ICE. Fans can hear Jason Shaya call all of the action or watch the games on B2 Networks by visiting www.gocheckers.com.