Gameday: San Antonio at Charlotte

Editor’s Note:  Yours truly is trapped in Eastern Kentucky, trying to get home after a fantastic roadtrip to three Midwest division cities over the weekend.  I have pages and pages of notes of things to write about following my roadie, but alas, I haven’t had time with all of the bad weather and driving.  I hope to make it home in time for the game tonight, but who knows if that will happen!  Here’s an ever-so-brief preview of tonight’s game!  Let’s Go Checkers!

 San Antonio Rampage (15-15-2-0) at Charlotte Checkers (19-11-2-1)

  • This is the Checkers first game at home since December 20.  Their last two games came on the road (and were AWESOME, I know from first-hand experience!).  The team is in the midst of a five-game point streak as well.
  • This is the third meeting with San Antonio, and the first time the Rampage has visited Charlotte.  The Checkers are 1-1 in the previous two games.
  • With the Admiral’s losses over the weekend, and Charlotte’s winning ways in Illinois, the Checkers retook the Midwest Division lead.  Of course, it’s important to note that the Admirals are still a number of games back in terms of games played, so don’t let the points fool you, it’s still a tight race.
  • Like Charlotte, San Antonio last played on New Years Eve, on the road.  Their’s was also a win, but against the Oklahoma City Barons.
  • The Rampage are in the toughest division in the AHL.  They don’t have a winning record at home (8-9-0), but are pretty strong on the road with a record of 7-6-2.  It’s the same number of points, but a better actual winning percentage during road games.
  • In two games played against San Antonio, Chris Terry leads the Checkers in goals with two.
  • Mike Murphy is 1-0 against San Antonio, and should start tomorrow night with Justin Peters still in Raleigh.  He has a 1.000 GAA and a 0.972 SV% against the Rampage.
  • The Checkers special teams have climbed into the top ten after struggling a bit earlier in the season.  Their Power Play is ranked ninth, and the Penalty Kill is in a very respectable seventh place.
  • The Rampage, however, struggle with their special teams units. The PP is 30th in the league, and the PK is 27th.
  • With the ever changing transaction board, It continues to be hard to keep track of who is on the Rampage, or their NHL or ECHL affiliates… 
  • I’m scheduling this to post early in the morning after I get on the road, so if anything changes between now and then, I’ll edit it later!  Be sure to check out Paul Branecky’s preview on the Checkers website for more great info!  I hope to see y’all in Charlotte tonight!
Checkers Leaders:
  • Points – Jon Matsumoto with 29 (13G, 16A).
  • Goals – Jerome Samson with 14.
  • Assists – Chris Terry with 16.
  • Penalties in Minutes – Justin Soryal with 70.
Rampage Leaders:
  • Points – Bracken Kearns with 20 (10G, 10A)
  • Goals – Bracken Kearns with 10.
  • Assists – Defenseman  Colby Robak with 14.
  • Penalties in Minutes –  Eric Sellec with 88.

Gametime:  7:00 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:
Referees:   David Banfield (#44), Curtis Marouelli (#58)
Linesmen: Mark Hamlett (#81), Paul Carnathan (#93)

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