Tonight’s match between Charlotte and Milwaukee was a fast-paced game that saw multiple lead changes, and offensive battles between the two best teams in the Midwest division. The Checkers battled to a victory, defeating the Admirals by a score of 4-3 in regulation, bringing the season series to 3-1-0, and increasing their Midwest division lead to four points.
Checkers goalie Mike Murphy made his eighth start in the last nine games, a streak that began December 15, following Justin Peters recall to Carolina.
Admirals goalie Anders Lindback made his second start for the Admirals in as many nights. He’s on a temporary assignment to Milwaukee courtesy of their parent club, the Nashville Predators, who want to see him get some playing time since it’s been limited as a backup in the NHL.
Mike Murphy at times looked shaky and didn’t control the rebounds as efficiently as usual, but a stellar third period erased any of his deficits, and he came out on top, winning the game with the support of his teammates.
Power play chances were a theme of the evening, with Charlotte having five attempts, and making good on one of them. The Admirals had three opportunities, and also scored one goal.
The Checkers players who have spent time with the Hurricanes this year had the most impact in tonight’s game. Zac Dalpe, in only his second game since being returned to Charlotte, had two goals. Derek Joslin, who played for the Checkers for the second time on his conditioning stint from Carolina, tallied two assists, his third in two nights. Zach Boychuk also had a goal. If playing some games in the NHL makes you a point-scoring dynamo, I’d love to see all of the Checkers get their shot in Raleigh.
Tomorrow, the Checkers face the Chicago Wolves for the second time in eight days, before returning home from a two-game roadtrip. The team’s record (10-2-1) against Midwest division teams is a phenomenal one. An incredible 21 of their 45 points have come against division rivals, a trend that will hopefully continue tomorrow.
Great game, Charlotte! Let’s keep it going tomorrow!