Gameday On the road: Charlotte at Rockford

Charlotte Checkers (17-11-2-1) at Rockford IceHogs (11-17-1-2)

  • Unlike the Checkers, who had over a week off between games around the Christmas holiday, tonight Rockford plays their third game this week.  On Monday, they lost in Milwaukee and last night, a loss at Chicago.
  • The Checkers last played on December 20, an overtime loss at home against Oklahoma City.
  • The Checkers are still without goaltender Justin Peters, and forwards Drayson Bowman and Zac Dalpe.  Riley Nash is back with the Checkers after a brief recall to Carolina over the break.
  • Rockford has had a rough year at home, with a record of 6-11.  They are currently in the midst of a three-game losing streak.  This is their only home game in a 10-game stretch of games that began the day after Christmas.
  • Rockford currently sits in 30th place in the League.  The Checkers have slipped to second in their division, and 12th overall.
  • In three games against Rockford this season, Michal Jordan leads the Checkers in points with five (2G, 3A).
  • IceHogs goaltender Alexander Salak hasn’t played since December 2 when he was injured in a game.  The IceHogs recalled Toledo Walleye goalie Carter Hutton (3.39 GAA, .893 SV%), who has played in eight of the teams 11 games since his recall.
  • Alec Richards, the team’s backup, has played two games against the Charlotte, and holds the teams lone victory against the Checkers.  He is 5-8-1 on the season (3.87 GAA, .888 SV%).
  • This is yours truly’s first visit to Rockford, and I’m very excited to see the Checkers on the road!

 

 

Gametime:  8:00 p.m. EST

Charlotte Radio:  WBCN 1660 AM
Charlotte Twitter: @CheckersHockey@PaulBranecky,
Rockford Twitter: @goIceHogs
Officials:
Linesmen: Mathieu Chenier (#71), Aaron Mills (#23)
Referee:  Marcus Vinnerborg (#45
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