It only took 25 seconds for Justin Shugg to score the first goal of the game against Norfolk’s goaltender Yann Danis. It was Shugg’s 50th career AHL goal, and his seventh in just 12 games after starting the season injured. Despite missing eight games, he is still second on the team in goals scored this season.
Coach Jeff Daniels has been emphasizing the Checkers need to play a full 60 minutes of hockey every game, and they nearly did that. Charlotte led for over 58 minutes of the game, but it wasn’t enough, because in less than two minutes, late in the third period, and two quick goals by Nic Kerdiles , the harder-working Norfolk Admirals were able to tie up the score and take the game into overtime. (Kerdiles, by the way, was credited with 11 SOG for Norfolk)
John Muse faced 50 shots by the Admirals, but it was the final one, with 7.8 seconds to go in overtime, that got the win for Norfolk. The Checkers were outshot 44-18 in regulation and only got two shots off during the nearly seven minutes of overtime.
Charlotte had five power play opportunities, but were unsuccessful scoring on any of them.
“We got two timely goals, but other than that we didn’t create much offense,” Daniels said, “The power play was awful. They outworked us and they deserved the win.”
- The point Charlotte earned in the OT loss at home was the fifth point in the past four days.
- The Checkers have gotten seven points (out of eight) in their past four games against (both) Admirals teams at home.
- The Checkers will face a team named something OTHER than the Admirals on Saturday night at home.