Overall Record: 41-21-7 (Home 24-8-3, Away 17-13-4)
Previous 10: 9-1-0
Standings: 1st – South Division, 1st – American Conference
The Checkers are the hottest team in the American Conference having won 10 of their last 11 games. With Sunday’s win over Reading, Charlotte has jumped South Carolina and Kalamazoo for first place in the conference with three games to go.
Mar. 23 vs. Florida (W 6-2)
Andrew Carroll recorded his first ever hat trick as the Checkers overpowered visiting Florida, 6-2, for their eighth straight victory. Carroll scored while shorthanded, on the power play and at even strength while Ryan Munce stopped 21 of 23 shots for his seventh straight win. David Marshall increased his point streak to five games (5g, 4a). The Checkers scored first and are now 25-2-6 when doing so.
Mar. 25 vs. Florida (L 4-3)
The Checkers battled back in the third period from a two-goal deficit but were unable to complete the comeback as they were edged, 4-3, by Florida. The loss snapped an eight-game winning streak for the Checkers, their longest since a 10-game feat during the 2000-01 season. The game was the last ever regular season meeting between the two division rivals at Time Warner Cable Arena. Ryan Munce stopped 49 shots in a losing effort while David Marshall extended his point streak to six games with an assist.
Mar. 27 vs. Reading (W 4-2)
The Checkers fell behind by two and fought back with four unanswered goals as they defeated Reading, 4-2, on Saturday evening in front of 12,044 enthusiastic fans. The crowd was the largest in the entire ECHL this season. David Urquhart notched a goal and an assist while Ryan Munce stopped 29 of 31 for his ninth win in 10 starts. Kevin Schaeffer scored the game-winning goal, David Marshall extended his point streak to seven games with a goal and Daniel Tkaczuk chipped in with two assists.
Mar. 28 vs. Reading (W 2-1, SO)
Rookie netminder Garrett Zemlak earned his second career win and Andrew Carroll scored his league-leading sixth shootout-winning goal as the Checkers edged Reading 2-1. With the win, the Checkers jumped South Carolina for first place in the South Division and American Conference. Zemlak stopped 24 shots and made several key saves in the shootout while Aaron Slattengren scored the lone goal for the Checkers in regulation time.
Saturday’s crowd of 12,044 was the largest in the entire ECHL this season…The Checkers are 15-3-1 in their last 19 home games and are 10-1-0 in their last 11 overall…Ryan Munce is 9-1-0 in his last 10 starts and leads the ECHL with a .911 save percentage…David Marshall has 11 points (6g, 5a) in the last eight games…Andrew Carroll leads the ECHL with six shootout-winning goals and leads the Checkers with 28 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, T.J. Reynolds and Chris Snavely are on the 21-day injured reserve.
3/27 Add Devin DiDiomete Activated off IR
3/22 Add Brock Bradford Assigned by Lake Erie (AHL)
3/22 Add David Marshall Assigned by Lake Erie (AHL)
3/17 Add Garrett Zemlak Signed amateur tryout
3/17 Delete David Marshall Recalled to Lake Erie (AHL)
The Checkers will host Gwinnett Tuesday for the last ever ECHL regular season home game at Time Warner Cable Arena. 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.