The Charlotte Checkers came away with a gritty 4-3 win over San Antonio in front of a sold-out crowd tonight.
Chris Terry scored two of the Checkers three powerplay goals, extending his streak to five games. He now has seven points over that stretch of games, and 31 points over the last 25 games (12g, 19a). He’s sixth in the league with 59 points (26g, 23a). That’s #Terryiffic.
Despite two full powerplay opportunities for Charlotte during the first period, the team was outshot 13-11 and no scoring for either team. The second period, thanks in part to nearly two minutes on a 5-on-3, had the Checkers outshooting their opposition 21-9, and had the Checkers leading 3-1 by the end of it.
San Antonio found the back of the net twice in the third period, but a late powerplay goal by Terry sealed the Checkers victory over the Rampage.
Nicolas Blanchard stood out as a major roleplayer in tonight’s win. He was in the right place at the right time, and a key to Brody Sutter’s second period goal, and Coach Jeff Daniels spoke highly of Blanchard’s on-ice performance.
“Blanch is a guy [who] as coaches, we really appreciate.” Daniels continued, “We appreciate what he does not only for us but for his teammates on the ice.”
Chris Terry, the game’s first star, knows Sunday’s game will be another battle.
“They’ve got a really good team. A lot of NHL guys who play the body, play hard,” Terry continued, “We’re going to expect the same thing. We’re going to have to push back and nothing less than two points is acceptable at this time of the year.”
The playoff push continues for Charlotte, who now 12 games remaining, including two more against San Antonio.