Gameday: Texas at Charlotte

Texas Stars (8-10-0-1) at Charlotte Checkers (13-6-1-1)

  • Tonight marks the first of four match-ups against the Texas Stars.
  • Texas is also the Checkers opponent on Saturday night here in Charlotte, and next Friday, the Checkers travel to Cedar Park to face the Stars for a third time. Including tonight, the Stars next three games are all against Charlotte.
  • The Checkers will look to make it five wins in a row, after a fantastic sweep of the Milwaukee Admirals this weekend, including a steal of their head coach Kirk Muller.
  • Mike Murphy will get the start in net.  In 13 games played, he’s 7-5-0 with a 2.43 GAA and .924 SV%.

Texas Notes:

  • Despite a mediocre record at home (3-6-0-1), the Stars have been very good on the road, and have gotten 10 of their 17 points with a 5-4-0 record. They will certainly try to capitalize on this tonight in Charlotte.
  • Centerman Travis Morin leads the team in points with 18 (4G, 14A).
  • Rookie Matt Fraser leads the team in goals with 9, and has 13 points in 19 games.
  • Goaltender Tyler Beskorowany has played six games this year (1-4-0), with a 3.21 GAA and .894 Save %. The Stars just signed goaltender Jimmy Spratt to a PTO following the callup of Richard Bachman to fill in for Dallas Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen who is expected to be out at least three weeks. (During his Thrasher days, I affectionately named Kari “Let-Ten-In”, because that was what he seemed to do a lot…)
  • For the fans in the stands in Charlotte who LOVE to mock the goaltender with the “YOU SUCK” chants, Beskorowany is pronounced BEHS-kawr-uh-WAH-nee.
  • Texas’ powerplay ranks third in the league.  Charlotte special teams will have to find a way to overcome it!

Gametime: 7:00 p.m. EST

Charlotte Radio: None

Charlotte Twitter: @CheckersHockey, @PaulBranecky,
Texas Blog: 100 Degree Hockey


Referees:David Banfield (#44), Geoff Miller (#28)
Linesmen: Joe DeMizio (#3), Jean Menard (#12)

4 thoughts on “Gameday: Texas at Charlotte

    1. Hahaha. By no means am I CONDONING the “you suck” chanting… I actually hate it… but I am interested to see how they pronounce his name. My guess is they go with his first name, Tyler. 🙂

      1. Not a chance.

        First to introduce: I sit in 103 just above and to the left (as one looks across from say 115) of Fitzy’s posse, am way too old to carry on for my beloved Checkers as I do, and hope to not change a thing for years to come.

        So of course I’m big on the chant – and your pronunciation guide provided the keys to the kingdom.

        YOU ROCK!

      2. OK, I think I love you. Hahahaha. I hate the chanting when, say, the score is 4-0, and the Checkers are losing, because, um, clearly the other goalie does NOT suck. And I just wish we could be more creative with more unique taunts, not that I have any to suggest.

        But with that in mind, for you, I’m going to continue adding in the pronunciation guide for tricky goaltenders.

        Also? I’m also in 103… and when I got my tickets there, someone was like “Oh, that’s the same section as the “You Suck” guy. I wonder if you are the infamous “You suck guy”. If so, that’s awesome.

        Thanks for reading. 🙂

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