A very brief recap… I deleted my post-game audio, so no quotes. Whoops!
The best description of this weekend’s Checkers performances might be one that compares them to a roller coaster. A 7-1 loss on Friday night was a devastating fall, then the comeback win on Saturday afternoon the high peak after the depths of the previous evening, and today was like the spiraling corkscrew at the end of the ride that ended in a 4-3 shootout victory against the Norfolk Admirals.
The Checkers outshot the Admirals 53-39, including 23 shots during the third period alone. They faced Admirals goaltender Brad Thiessen, a familiar face for the Checkers, though not since the 2011 playoffs when Charlotte played (and beat) the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in the second round, facing Thiessen in all six games.
Greg Nemisz scored the game-tying goal late in the third period, his first goal as a Checker, and extended his Checkers point streak to four games (1g, 4a), at least one in each of his appearances since being traded to the organization from the Florida organization.
The Checkers were strong in the shootout, which was only the second one for the team all season. Their last try was in October at Rockford, and didn’t result in a win. Three shootout goals from the home team by Matt Pistilli, Aaron Palushaj and Chris Terry cemented the win, with Emerson Etem the only Admiral able to get past Theissen.
Odds and Ends:
- Admirals goaltender Brad Theissen hadn’t played since December 6. He had been sidelined for the past six weeks with an injury. The Checkers certainly put him through the ringer tonight with 53 SOG!
- Admirals forward (and California native, like me!) Emerson Etem was held scoreless tonight. He was the Ads leading scorer against the Checkers with five points in three previous games (2g, 3a).
- Tonight was the Admirals third game of the weekend that required extra time or a shootout to finish. Friday night, they lost in a shootout, and Saturday night, won in overtime.
- This was only the Checkers fourth overtime (or longer) game all season. They won two of those, and lost the third in the shootout on October 26.
- Matt Pistilli played in his 10th game with the Checkers this season since signing a PTO in late December. He continues to make a case to stay with the team, even after injured players return to the ice. He has seven points (4g, 3a) in his last six games, including an assist tonight.
- If y’all aren’t following Seth Lakso on twitter and at the Charlotte Observer, you’re missing out. Finally, the paper has hired a top-notch beat writer to cover the Checkers, and he’s got a great eye for the team.