INSIDE HOCKEY » Charlotte Checkers Get Inside! Wed, 01 Oct 2014 02:15:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Photo Gallery: Checkers @ Bears (03/01/14) Sun, 02 Mar 2014 14:37:23 +0000

At the Giant Center on Saturday 03/01/14, the Charlotte Checkers Victor Rask with 1 goal and 1 assist helped his team defeat the Hershey Bears by a score of 4 to 1. The “3 Stars of the Game” where #3 CHA Zack Boychuk, #2 CHA Victor Rask, #1 Justin Peters. Photos taken by Steve Rusyn for Inside Hockey.


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‘Canes Sink the Blues 3-1 Sun, 02 Feb 2014 14:37:33 +0000

14-1-4, that is the Carolina Hurricanes record this season when scoring first. Getting out to an early lead is even more important after coming off a shut-out loss to Montreal and welcoming the Western division power St. Louis Blues to Raleigh.    Hurricane forward Nathan Gerbe got Carolina that early lead 3:46 into the first period on the power play.  With Blues forward Brendan Morrow in the box for hi-sticking (his first of three trips to the sin bin for the game), ‘Canes defenseman Andrej Sekera found Gerbe in a soft spot in the zone and he was able to bury it past Blues goalie Jaroslav Halak. St. Louis was able to answer later in the period on a power play of their own. Blues captain, David Backes, got behind the Carolina defense and buried one glove side on Hurricane goalie Anton Khubodin. The teams went to the first intermission tied at one.

Carolina jumped back on top early in the second period. Jordan Staal one a face-off for the Hurricanes to the right of Halak. The puck found its way to Jeff Skinner who blasted home his team leading 23rd goal of the year. Anton Khubodin and the rest of the Hurricane defense did most of the rest to allow this to be the eventual game winner. Alexander Semin capped off the game with highlight worth empty net goal with Halak pulled for the extra skater. Semin stole the puck in the neutral zone only to fall to his knees with the puck in front of him. He some how managed to move the puck from his backhand to forehand all while regaining his edge and slapped it past Blues winger Valdimir Tarasenko who skated back to protect the empty net.

Anton Khudobin has now moved his record to 12-4-0 on the season and his 2.24 GAA and .925 SV% will likely drop ever so slightly.  With Cam Ward finally healthy and on a reconditioning stint with the Charlotte Checkers, Hurricanes management will have some decision making to do when it comes to the net minder.  Ward will likely get the start again for the Checkers on Saturday and rejoin the team next week. The question is will they keep three goalies on the roster? Khudobin has clearly earned the number one spot and Justin Peters would have to clear waivers to be sent back to the AHL.

Tonight was the first of a four game home stand before the Olympic break.  Winnipeg and Former Hurricane coach Paul Maurice come to town Tuesday night.


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Allen Sharp in Wolves Win Mon, 30 Dec 2013 14:30:39 +0000

It has been a solid month of December for Wolves’ goaltender Jake Allen, who improved his December record to 5-2 this season in a 4-3 victory over the Charlotte Checkers Sunday afternoon at Allstate Arena. Allen was sensational in net again, stopping 36 shots, as the Wolves (17-12-1-2) extended their point streak to six games.

Allen needed to be sharp out of the gate, as the Checkers (13-17-0-1) put six shots on net in the opening two minutes of the game.

“Jake was great early on,” said Wolves head coach John Anderson.

“You know, third game in three nights, we came out a little sluggish,” added Allen. “Luckily, we came away 0-0 there.”

Allen’s steady play seemed to be a momentum shifter, as the Wolves would score just 8 seconds after the Charlotte offensive rush on a tap-in from Christian Hanson.

The Checkers would tie the game midway through the period on a beautiful move by Aaron Palushaj to get around Allen’s outstretched glove.

Goaltending was at its finest on both ends until the 12:49 mark of the second period, as the teams combined for three goals in the next 5:21 of play.

After goals from the Wolves Michael Davies and Sebastian Wannstrom, and another Checkers tally from Palushaj, Chicago led 3-2 heading to the final period.

Wannstrom’s go-ahead goal was huge for the Wolves, who came in 13-0-1-1 when leading after two periods.

The Checkers would get a chance to tie the game early in the third period on a 36 second five-on-three power play. However, the Wolves’ defense came up big, and killed off advantage with ease.

“That five-on-three kill was huge,” said Anderson. “We weren’t going to give them a grade-A chance but we didn’t give them a shot from the near side. When you have confidence in your goaltender, you can do that.”

“I don’t think we would be where we are over the last ten games without our penalty kill,” added Allen. “The guys came up huge for us.”

Pat Cannone gave Chicago an insurance goal late in the game, but Charlotte would respond and make it a one-goal deficit with 1:35 to play in the third.

Checkers goaltender Anton Khudobin would head towards the bench after Charlotte controlled the puck in the offensive zone, but Allen stood tough and kept the puck out of the net to preserve the victory.

With the win, Allen improved his overall record to 14-7-2, and stands among the AHL leaders in goals-against-average.

“Without him, we’re not where we are,” said Anderson.

Now, the Wolves head into 2014 with a well-deserved break, having played a three-in-three to close out the calendar year. Chicago will be back in action January 3rd against division-leading Grand Rapids.

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