Checkers Win Fifth Straight in HoustonJanuary 13, 2013 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Charlotte Checkers Press Release
Riley Nash scored with 34 seconds left in overtime and John Muse made 25 saves in his AHL season debut as Charlotte picked up a 2-1 win over Houston on Sunday night. The victory was the team's fifth in as many games, tying a franchise record from its inaugural season in 2010-11. It also extended its point streak to six games, the third such streak it has posted this season.
Zac Dalpe also scored for the Checkers, who won three times in three nights for the third time in team history (22 attempts) and third time this season (five attempts).
The game marked the second consecutive overtime win for Charlotte, which topped Oklahoma City by a 4-3 score on Saturday. In between games, the Checkers, who were missing six players due to NHL recall and four more due to injury, endured a seven-hour bus ride that saw them arrive in Houston around 5 a.m. local time.
Nash, who opened the scoring against Oklahoma City one night earlier, sealed the victory when he skated into the zone, allowed Chris Terry to draw two defenders toward the goal and fired a wide-open wrister past Matt Hackett for his seventh goal of the season. The goal gave Nash six points (3g, 3a) in his last five games.
Defenseman Tommi Kivisto, one of eight players in the Checkers lineup that started the season in the ECHL, recorded his first professional point with the lone assist.
Nash's goal came at the 4:26 mark of overtime, which was the exact same amount of time that had expired in the first period before Dalpe gave his team a 1-0 lead with his 13th goal of the season, finishing a great two-on-one setup with linemate Justin Shugg. The goal gave Dalpe nine points during an active five-game point streak.
Muse, one of five players recalled from the Florida Everblades on Saturday, improved to 12-3-2 all-time at the AHL level. The only goal against him came near the beginning of the second period, when Kris Foucault took control of a loose puck on an Aeros power play and fired it past Muse amid the confusion in front of goal.
Aside from that play, Muse was solid throughout, particularly during a flurry of activity late in the first period that produced a string of key saves.
The game featured a handful of minor penalties in the second period that culminated in a fight between Charlotte's Brett Sutter and Houston's Paul Mara as the teams were leaving the ice to head to their locker rooms. Mara, an NHL veteran who only recently joined the Aeros, received a game misconduct for leaving the bench to participate in an altercation.
The win gave Charlotte points in all five meetings with Houston this season (4-0-1), three of which went to overtime. The Checkers now enjoy a nine-point lead over their South Division rivals.
Having concluded a stretch of nine consecutive games away from Time Warner Cable Arena, the Checkers will now return home for a three-game set that includes back-to-back games against Grand Rapids on Wednesday and Thursday and a date with the Norfolk Admirals on Sunday.
NOTES: The Checkers improved to 5-5 in overtime games this season, including a 3-2 mark in games decided during the five-minute period preceding the shootout ... Nash took a game-high five shots on goal ... Charlotte's Matt Beca earned his first AHL point of the season and second of his career with the secondary assist on Dalpe's goal ... The Checkers were 0-for-4 on the power play after scoring four power-play goals in their previous two games ... Forwards Nicolas Blanchard and Jerome Samson and defensemen Marc-Andre Gragnani and Rasmus Rissanen missed the game due to injury ... Forwards Leigh Salters and Luke Pither, the latter of whom arrived via trade earlier in the day but had yet to join the team, were healthy scratches.
American Hockey League Stories from January 13, 2013
- Admirals Drop 3-2 Shoot-Out Decision to Peoria - Milwaukee Admirals
- Rivermen Complete Weekend Sweep - Peoria Rivermen
- Checkers Win Fifth Straight in Houston - Charlotte Checkers
- Checkers Stun Aeros 2-1 in Overtime - Houston Aeros
- Donovan's Late Goal Propels Sound Tigers to 5-4 Win over Devils - Bridgeport Sound Tigers
- Whale Starts Slow, Blanked by Bears - Connecticut Whale
- Team Shutout Helps Bears Sweep Weekend with Whale - Hershey Bears
- Oilers Summon Four Players from Oklahoma City - Oklahoma City Barons
- Campbell, Stars Shutout Oklahoma City 3-0 - Texas Stars
- Twelve Wolves Players Recalled by Vancouver - Chicago Wolves
- Devils Lose Late against Bridgeport - Albany Devils
- ManniNO-T Enough - Manchester Monarchs
- Sateri Stellar in Loss to Portland - Worcester Sharks
- Bruins Defeat Monarchs 2-1 - Providence Bruins
- Penguins Invite 26 Players to Training Camp - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
- IceCaps Snap Home Losing Streak with Gutsy Effort - St. John's IceCaps
- Marlies Fall to IceCaps 4-2 - Toronto Marlies
- 5 Phantoms Recalled by Philadelphia Flyers - Adirondack Phantoms
- Matt Gilroy Signs with Rangers - Connecticut Whale
- Hamilton Bulldogs Sign Tyler Murovich to P.T.O. - Hamilton Bulldogs
- Houston Signs Defenseman Trevor Ludwig - Houston Aeros
- Lightning Add Four Players To Training Camp Roster - Syracuse Crunch
- Seven Admirals Head to Anaheim Ducks Training Camp - Norfolk Admirals
- Whale Announce Roster Moves - Connecticut Whale
- Kings Acquire Anthony Stewart - Manchester Monarchs
- Dallas Recalls Six from Texas - Texas Stars
- Rangers Agree to Terms with Defenseman Michael Del Zotto - Connecticut Whale
- Red Wings Recall Lashoff and Smith - Grand Rapids Griffins
- Blackhawks Recall Seven from Rockford - Rockford IceHogs
- Heat Blanked by Wolves in Front of Sellout Crowd - Abbotsford Heat
- Climie Shuts out Heat to Run Winning Streak to Three - Chicago Wolves
The opinions expressed in this release are those of the organization issuing it, and do not necessarily reflect the thoughts or opinions of OurSports Central or its staff.