Checkers beat the NorAds 4-2 in an aggressive 60-minute game

  • As the Checkers were taking the ice, we learned that goaltender Mike Murphy was injured and unable to play.  John Muse was scheduled to be the backup, but Mike Murphy couldn’t even take the warm up, let alone play, so with just a few minutes notice, Muse prepared to start.  Murphy stayed dressed and in the runway, which is a good sign, but the extent of his injury is unknown.
  • John Muse – Yet another strong game for backup goaltender John Muse.  He stopped all but two shots in the game, and was attacked time and time again by Norfolk.  A running theme of Admirals games has been their aggressive style. During the first period in particular, they played a bit on the dirty side when it came to Muse, but this is nothing new during Checkers/Admirals games. Muse played a great game, thanks especially to his teammates who had his back and watched out for him during the fill 60 minutes.
  • Joe Sova, in one of his first shifts of the game, he was put on the power play, and then made a key save for Muse, diving into the crease and stopping a shot.  This is the kind of play I love seeing from Checkers defensemen.  I’m anxious to see Sova in person on Thursday.
  • When I watch Chris Terry, especially on a special teams unit like the power play, it’s easy to see how smart he is, and how he is truly a playmaker.  He is completely responsible for Bowman’s goal in the first period.  He’s definitely a worthy All-Star!
  • Matt Pistilli’s goal, which ended up being the game winner, was a great rebound shot.  It’s refreshing to see the Checkers deep in the offensive zone, making plays and forcing rebounds.
  • Evgenii Dadonov registered his first two points as a Checker, an assist and an empty net goal.
  • The Checkers and Admirals each scored two power play goals.  Since they were essentially tied at fifth for best power play, the fact the Ads had less power play chances (five, versus the Checkers eight), and they are one game back, they will take the legitimate fifth spot and move the Checkers to sixth instead of the silly tie they had going into the game.
  • Chris Terry and Bobby Sanguinetti continue their point streaks to six games.  Terry registered one assist, and Sanguinetti had two on the night.
  • The Checkers hop on the bus and head back to Charlotte tonight.  They face the division rivals Rockford IceHogs on Thursday and Friday night in Charlotte.
  • Speaking of division rivals, the Milwaukee Admirals have had a terrible January.  They are 3-6-1 since I visited their fine arena on New Years Day.  They lost today in a work-day matinee to the Peoria Rivermen by a score of 6-3.
  • Jared Staal was a healthy scratch, along with Everblade regular Ryan Donald.
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