Gameday: Charlotte at San Antonio

 Charlotte Checkers (15-9-1-1) at San Antonio Rampage (11-14-0-0)

  • This afternoon marks the second of four meetings against the Rampage.  Previously, the Checkers played in San Antonio, winning by a score of 4-1.
  • San Antonio beat the Peoria Rivermen last night at home.  It was a 2-1 win for Rampage netminder Dov Grumet-Morris.
  • Charlotte has lost two in a row, and goalie Justin Peters is winless in his past three starts.  These are two stats I hope to not repeat on Thursday for the Checkers next home game.
  • After missing 10 games due to injury, Bobby Sanguinetti is expected to make his return to the lineup.
  • The Rampage have a stat that will hopefully benefit the Checkers.  San Antonio the worst power play and the worst penalty kill in the league.
  • The Rampage power play has only resulted in 10 goals (and 98 attempts).  The Checkers have scored 23 times on the PP, out of 130 chances.
  • Wacey Rabbit, my favorite Rampage player based solely on his awesome name, has five points (1G, 4A) in 19 games played.
  • In only 20 games played, Bracken Kearns leads the Rampage with 16 points, and the team in goals with eight.
  • Six different goalies have played games for San Antonio this season.  Since November 25, Dov Grumet-Morris and Jacob Markstrom have been splitting time.  Grumet-Morris is 4-1-0-1 with a 1.59GAA and .936 SV%.  Markstrom is 2-5-0 with a 2.91 GAA and 0.898 SV%.
  • Keeping track of who is playing for San Antonio on any given night has got to be a challenging.  They have an even worse revolving door than the Checkers, Everblades and Hurricanes have with the Zac(h)s and Justins.  Don’t believe me?  Check out their transaction record.

Gametime:  4:15 p.m. EST

Charlotte Radio: WBCN 1660 AM

Charlotte Twitter: @CheckersHockey@PaulBranecky,

 

San Antonio Twitter: @SARampage@RampageNate
San Antonio Blog:  Running with the Herd

 

Officials
Referee: Jeff Smith (#49), Zac Wiebe (#89)
Linesmen: Brad Phillips (#82), Brian Oliver (#80)
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