The Charlotte Checkers, much like their big brother franchise in Raleigh, have been feeling a bit under the weather as of late. Depleted by injuries and callups, the Checkers dropped four straight in regulation, only scoring three goals in that time period. The team was able to get back on track with a win Tuesday evening to avoid making it five straight losses.
There aren’t many positives to take away from the losses. Charlotte dropped a pair of games against the division rival Hershey Bears as well as a pair of games against the Toronto Marlies, one of the best teams in the league. Charlotte was outscored 15-3 in that span, including being shut out by Hershey in the second game of their back-to-back.
A 3-0 win over Bridgeport on Tuesday may have just been what the doctor ordered for Charlotte, who have gone 3-7-0 over their last ten games. Warren Foegele led the way for the Checkers, potting two goals and adding an assist on Nicolas Roy’s seventh goal of the season. Alex Nedeljkovic registered his second shutout of the season by turning aside 25 shots.
Thought of the Week
Tuesday night’s win over the Bridgeport Sound Tigers featured a very interesting promotional night: 1950s Night at Bojangles Coliseum. The sell out crowd was treated to two dollar tickets, hot dogs for a buck and 16 oz sodas and popcorn for just 50 cents.
This annual popular event got me thinking. New owner Tom Dundon wants to improve the “fan experience” at PNC Arena. In order to enrich the experience, promotional nights should be abundant in Raleigh and more than just the “Homegrown Series.” How much would it hurt revenue to run a night similar to what the Checkers did? Don’t run the promotion against a division opponent, but maybe on a Tuesday night against a Western Conference opponent or a team with little opposing draw? Just thinking out loud here.
Player of the Week
For the first time ever, there is no player of the week. This was an extremely rough stretch for Charlotte and there weren’t any positives offensively, on the back end or even goaltending. Maybe to Warren Foegele for Tuesday night’s game?
Tonight, Charlotte takes on Bridgeport once again but with a few minor changes. Due to winter weather in the Charlotte area, tonight’s game will be closed to the public and will be moved to a 5 p.m. start time.
The Checkers will wrap their week up with a back-to-back against the Rochester Americans this weekend.