After less than 24 hours since their dramatic comeback game against the Iowa Wild, the Checkers were able to defeat the visitors once again in a 2-1 shootout win.
The first period was a bit sluggish for both teams with few SOG and lots of dump-and-chase style hockey.
The second period brought the first point on the board, a power play goal from the point from Ryan Murphy, who made his second appearance with the Checkers this season after starting the year with the Carolina Hurricanes
The Wild rallied back early in the third period, tying the game with a breakaway goal from Zack Mitchell.
Charlotte’s Drew MacIntyre made glorious save after save, stopping all but one of the shots he faced, including every shot in the shootout. This was his second appearance between the pipes in as many goals, after coming into the game last night in relief of Rasmus Tirronen.
The overtime period, which is a shortened from last season five minutes of sudden-death three-on-three overtime, was filled with lots of back and forth play and two penalties, one for each team.
Ultimately, the winner came down to the shootout with the Checkers scoring two goals (Justin Shugg and Derek Ryan) and coming away with the win.
The number one star was clearly the Checkers Drew MacIntyre, even before he made all of the saves in OT and the shootout. After struggling with consistency early in the season, MacIntyre is building on each save and each win to put himself back on top.
“It’s been a frustrating season, to be honest. It’s been really frustrating,” MacIntyre said, “It’s nice to get this weekend. I haven’t been able to get in the groove. I have a good game and then the next game takes away from that…. My playing time has gone down and I’m not happy when that happens. I want to get back in the net and I want to show that I can do it consistently like I have my whole career.”
The Checkers return to home ice next Saturday and Sunday against the Ontario Reign, the Los Angeles Kings AHL team who, as the Manchester Monarchs, won last year’s Calder Cup.