Checkers continue to lead East Division

Charlotte Checkers

February 28, 2005 - ECHL (ECHL) - Charlotte Checkers

News Release

CHARLOTTE, NC ¬Ė The Charlotte Checkers (32-20-4; 68 PTS; 1ST East Div) continued their five-game road trip, covering the state of South Carolina on Friday, Saturday and Sunday against Greenville, South Carolina and Pee Dee respectively. Friday night, the Checkers were shut out by the Grrrowl 3-0. In Charleston, the Checkers met the Stingrays Saturday night and notched a point in the 3-4 overtime loss. On Sunday, the Checkers tamed the Pride 5-2. This Friday, the Checkers finish up their five game road trip against Atlantic City. They return home on Saturday to face Greenville at Cricket Arena.

THIS WEEK

Friday, March 4, at Atlantic City, 7:05 p.m.

Saturday, March 5, vs. Greenville, 7:00 p.m.

CHECKERS NEWS

· The Checkers are currently first in the East Division with 68 points. They are tied with one other team for second in the American conference, and are tied for fifth in the league overall.

· Team points leader, Eddie Pershin is the 11th leading scorer in the league with 21 goals and 30 assists for 51 points. Pershin is also tied for the most shorthanded assists in the league (3).

· Dusty Jamieson leads the team with 26 goals on the season. He also leads the team with a +/- rating of +14. He and Mike Wirll lead the team in points over the last ten games with 10 points each.

· Alex Westlund is second in the league for minutes played and third in saves (2178 min, 1040 svs). Westlund is also tied for the most overtime wins in the league (3).

LAST WEEK

Friday, February 25, at Greenville, L 0-3

Greenville won, despite being dominated and out shot 40-26. The Checkers were shut out for the third time this season, and their power play went 0-9. Charlotte goalie Alex Westlund took the loss making 23 saves. After a scoreless first period, Greenville took the lead on a power play. Late in the period just after a Checkers power play expired, Greenville put themselves up 2-0 with just 40 seconds left in the period. The Grrrowl scored again in the third preserving the shutout for the 3-0 final.

Saturday, February 26, at South Carolina, T 3-4 OT

The Checkers produced a whopping 48 shots on goal Saturday including 24 in the first period, but those numbers were still not enough to produce a win. The Checkers jumped in front just 2:19 into the game as Ryan Lang backhanded a shot past the Stingray goalie for a 1-0 Charlotte lead. The Checkers broke a 0-16 power-play drought and made it 2-0 at 10:22 of the first when Dusty Jamieson knocked home a rebound for his team-leading 23rd goal of the season. Charlotte dominated the first period, outshooting the Stingrays 24-12. South Carolina got back in the game late in the second period with a pair of goals in a 43-second span. In the third period at 12:06, Jamieson gave Charlotte the 3-2 lead as he took a rink-wide pass from Ryan Cuthbert and blasted a 30-footer by the Stingray goaltender. But South Carolina tied the game again, knotting the score at 3-3. Tied at the end of regulation, South Carolina scored in sudden-death overtime to notch the win.

Sunday, February 27, at Pee Dee, W 5-2

Charlotte fell behind 1-0 just 4:20 into the game. The Checkers quickly came back with a pair of goals in a thirty-four second span. Ryan Cuthbert set up Dusty Jamieson at the side of the Pee Dee goal at 8:25 to tie the game at 1-1. Charlotte struck right back at 8:59 as Steve MacIntyre’s shot from the point was deflected in by Jason Dawe for a 2-1 Checkers advantage. Late in the period while Charlotte was short-handed, Ryan Lang tucked the puck under the Pride goalie for a 3-1 Checkers first-period lead. For a third consecutive game, Charlotte held a large first-period shot advantage by outshooting Pee Dee 18-7. Five minutes into the third period, Eddie Pershin scored for a 4-1 Checkers advantage. Charlotte increased its lead later in the period to 5-1, as Jamieson scored his second of the night. A third period goal by the Pride narrowed the gap to 5-2, but goalie Alex Westlund kept it a three-goal win.

CHECKERS LEADERS

Goals: Dusty Jamieson (26)

Assists: Eddie Pershin (30)

Points: Eddie Pershin (51)

Plus/Minus: Dusty Jamieson (+14)

PIM: Steve MacIntyre (142)

Wins: Alex Westlund (20)

GAA: Alex Westlund (2.95)

Save Pct.: Alex Westlund (.907)

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