Pregame Notes: Peoria at Charlotte

Tonight marks Charlotte’s first appearance of eight vs the Peoria Rivermen.  Peoria is winless after two contests at home last weekend, and Charlotte comes into the game with one point from an OT loss after two games in Norfolk.

  • After stellar performances in Norfolk last weekend, Bobby Sanguinetti and Jon Matsumoto should definitely be on your radar. (Matsumoto had six points (2G, 4A) in two games last weekend!)
  • Each Charlotte goaltender will get a start this weekend.
  • Michal Jordan, who left the game last Sunday with an injury, is recovered and expected to play.
  • Zac Dalpe suffered a lower body injury last night in the Hurricanes game in Buffalo.  No word on whether his injury will require a call-up from Charlotte.  The Hurricanes next game is Tuesday in Boston.
  • Speaking of the Hurricanes, last night’s game was an incredible one filled with shorthanded goals, and an awesome game winning goal by Jeff Skinner.  Justin Faulk sat out for the second-straight contest.

 

Peoria players to watch:

  • Brett Sterling, a first-year Riverman, will be familiar to Checkers fans.  He was a beast last year against Charlotte when he was with the WBS Penguins.  He led the Penguins with 53 points (27G, 26A).
  • Jonathan Cheechoo is also a new addition to the Rivermen.  Last season, as a Worcester Shark, he led the team with 47 points (18G, 29A).  Unrelated to his skills on the ice, Cheechoo is from Moose Factory, Ontario.  It’s very very north, and close to the border of Quebec.  This might be my new favorite town name, though I’m not sure I want to know what a Moose Factory actually is.
  • Danny Syvret joins the Rivermen this year as well.  Faithful followers of Chasing Checkers remember that Syvret was my number two most desired defenseman for Charlotte this summer before he was signed by St. Louis.  Charlotte got Mathieu Roy, but Chasing Checkers was coveting Andre Benoit or Danny Syvret.  Syvs is a veteran defenseman with incredible leadership abilities.  He’s definitely one to watch on the Riverman blueline!
  • Though I’m unsure which goaltender will play, if it’s Ben Bishop, you won’t be able to miss him.  He’s 6’7″, and weighs in at 210 pounds. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a 6’7″ goalie!
Other Game previews:
Gametime:  7:00 p.m. EST
Charlotte TV:  Time Warner Cable 520
Charlotte Twitter: @CheckersHockey@PaulBranecky,
Officials:
Referee: Mark Lemelin (#41)
Linesman:  Paul Carnathan (#93), Terry Wicklum (#58)
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