Gameday – Charlotte at Abbotsford, part two

About last night in Abbotsford:

  • The Checkers defeated the Abbotsfort Heat 5-0, who were previously leading the Western Conference and West Division.  They have since fallen to fourth in the Conference, and second in their division.
  • TSN has a great post-game article about the matchup.
  • Chris Terry lead the team in points with four.  He notched four assists on the night.  And that’s what I call Terryiffic.
  • John Muse, in only his second start for Charlotte, had the first shut out of his AHL career.  His numbers are outstanding, and has deserved each of his three wins this year.  I just wish his teammates played with the same energy in front of Mike Murphy.
  • Before the game last night, Abbotsford had the best Penalty Kill in the league.  After the Charlotte went three-for-six on the Power Play, the Heat fell in the standings.
  • Charlotte’s penalty kill was perfect, preventing all three of Abbotsford’s power play opportunities.  Considering only a month ago I was constantly begrudging the Checkers special teams, it’s nice to see a significant turn around.
  • Justin Krueger took three minor penalties in the first period alone, but then came back to score his first professional goal in the second period.
  • Last night’s loss by Heat goaltender Danny Taylor was his 17th consecutive start since signing with the Heat in early December.

Thoughts, facts and figures about tonight:

  • Brett Carson is set to face his former team tonight.  He cleared waivers yesterday, and was assigned to the Heat by Calgary.
  • Center Krys Kolanos still leads the Heat in goals with 18, and points with 39.
  • Leading Abbotsford in names is Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond, with four, and hyphens with two.  He’s a left wing and has two assists in 18 games played. (Yes, I copied this from yesterday, but it’s funny, and nobody commented on it to say they picked up on my bad joke).

Charlotte Transactions:

  • The Checkers assigned Cedric McNicoll to the Florida Everblades
  • Ryan Donald made his Checkers debut last night against the Heat.
  • Newly aquired in a trade with Florida, AJ Jenks and Evgenii Dadonov made their Checkers debuts on Friday night.
  • Charlotte was the beneficiary of another trade yesterday.  American defenseman Joe Sova comes to the Hurricanes Organization from Albany in exchange for Alexei Ponikarovsky and a 2012 fourth-round pick.  With the recent thinning of Charlotte’s blue line due to injuries, Savo’s addition will be a welcome one.  (Also?  If you haven’t read the awesome introductory rap, go back to this post, and prepare to be impressed.)

Gametime:  10:00 p.m. EST

Charlotte Radio: WBCN 1660 AM
Charlotte Twitter: @CheckersHockey@PaulBranecky,
Abbotsford Twitter: @AbbotsfordHeat

Officials
Referee:  Andy Thiessen (#11)
Linesmen:  Bevan Mills (#5), Justin Hull (#68)
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