Are the Checkers...back?
It’s a fair question to ask as Charlotte has won five straight games and eight of their last ten games. They continue to climb the standings and put themselves closer to a playoff position. In the past four games, Charlotte has outscored its opponents 16-3.
Over the weekend, Charlotte put an impressive effort together to beat the Providence Bruins 4-0. Charlotte peppered Maxime Lagace with 42 shots and Alex Nedeljkovic stopped all 25 shots he faced. Steven Lorentz had a three point night with a goal and two assists and Chase Priskie also added a pair of assists in the win.
In game two of the weekend, Charlotte topped the Bruins again with a 4-1 win. Jacob Pritchard scored his first and second goals of the season. Julien Gauthier also got on the board with his 16th of the season. Anton Forsberg stopped 26 of 27 shots in the victory and was only 56 seconds away from a shutout before one shot slipped past.
Last Friday, the Checkers announced that Jake Bean will represent the club at the 2020 AHL All-Star Classic in Ontario, Calif. It will be Bean’s first All-Star selection. Bean ranks tied for first on the Checkers with 21 points (5g, 16a) in 30 games this season.
According to a release from the team, the AHL All-Star Classic consists of the Skills Competition on Sunday, Jan. 26, and the All-Star Challenge tournament the following night.
Coming up on January 18th, the Checkers take on the Toronto Marlies on “Charlotte Night.” Their jerseys are A+:
Charlotte Night. 1/18. ⚫️ pic.twitter.com/E9KxrbK0IC— Charlotte Checkers (@CheckersHockey) January 6, 2020
Swamp Rabbits Recap
Greenville earned points in three of their four games. The Swamp Rabbits dropped their New Years Eve game against the Cincinnati Cyclones 3-2 but rattled off a pair of wins against the Norfolk Admirals, outscoring their opponent 8-3 in the pair of games. The Swamp Rabbits rounded out the week with an overtime loss to the Florida Everblades.
In other news, forward Liam Pecararo was named to the Warrior/ECHL All-Star Classic. He currently ranks 9th in league scoring with 33 points and has points in 18 of 27 games he’s played in his debut season. Pecararo is currently on recall to the AHL Springfield Thunderbirds, the Florida Panthers affiliate, and has played most of the season in Greenville on an AHL contract.