CHECKERS WIN! Defeat Hershey 5-4 in game 1

I know, it’s taken me forever to get this up, but I’m distracted and had to drive to Asheville and back, and have to pack and get ready for the ROADTRIP to Hershey.

I paid for the AHL live video broadcast for the first time all season, and I’m still undecided about how I feel about it.  $10 was definitely way too much for what I got, but it was nice to see the game.  I think I was almost distracted though.  I’ve gotten so used to just LISTENING to away games, having pictures and audio was a lot for me to focus on.

But enough about that… the GAME!  The Checkers won by a score of 5-4 vs. the back-to-back Calder Cup champion Hershey Bears.  I’m not gonna lie and say I wasn’t nervous when it only took the Bears 1:10 into the first period to score the first goal.

A few thoughts about the matchup:

  • Hershey is so chocolate obsessed that even the mic windscreens are chocolate colored.  Can we please get bright red ones in Charlotte?
  • Two of the goals against us seemed to be the result of Pogge being out of position.  He tends to do this a lot, and it is VERY frustrating.  On another note, I hope he bought Bryan Rodney a beer as thanks for saving his butt when he was screwing around with the puck behind the trapezoid in the first.  Later, in the second something similar happened and if it wasn’t for one of Pogge’s teammates being there, he would have lost the puck and been scored on.
  • After all of these incidents, I wrote on my notepad “I do not trust Pogge in the trapezoid” and I stand by that statement.
  • Bears netminder Braden Holtby was clearly not paying attention at times, too.  I like seeing Holtby distracted though, because it results in great goals like the one by Chris Terry in the first.
  • It was great to see the Checkers score a shorthanded goal (Thank you, Brett Bellemore!)
  • While it stinks the Canes didn’t make the post-season, it was however awesome to see Drayson Bowman back on the ice, especially when he scored the GWG in the third!
  • The Checkers were 0-5 on the powerplay, but as mentioned earlier, did have one shorthanded goal.
  • The Bears went 1-4 on the powerplay.
  • These powerplay stats have got to stop!  We MUST take advantage of opportunities and score on the PP, especially if we can keep them in the box more than we go there ourselves.
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