Confidence is key, and tonight in Rockford, it was that mentality that helped the Checkers break a four-game losing streak and defeat the IceHogs 3-0. After a team that seemed to accept defeat early in each of their past four home games, tonight’s performance was a nice change of pace.
The first period started slowly. It was over three minutes into the game before Charlotte registered their first shot on goal. A couple of minutes later, and new Checker Brody Sutter scored his first professional goal. At 5:46 into the first period, the shot was only the second of the period for Charlotte, and the eventual game winner.
Charlotte’s defenseman scored the next two. In the second period, Mathieu Roy drove deep the right wing side with a shot that bounced off of the glove of Rockford’s netminder Carter Hutton, and into the net.
Checkers rookie Rasmus Rissanen scored the third goal in the third period, which also happens to be his third goal of the season.
Charlotte’s goaltender Justin Peters was phenomenal in net all night long. Despite only registering four shots during the third, the IceHogs applied serious pressure during the final period of play, but Peters was able to prevent all 24 shots he faced.
The Checkers now have 81 points, with three games left to play. They remain in 11th in the East, behind a five-way tie for sixth place of teams with 82 points.
Charlotte’s next game is Friday night in Peoria. Chasing Checkers will be on hand to take on the action in person.
Let’s Go Checkers!