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Checkers Stumble in 3-1 Loss to Phantoms

December 31, 2017 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Charlotte Checkers News Release

LEHIGH VALLEY, PA - The Checkers' post-holiday slump continued in Lehigh Valley on Friday as they fell to the Phantoms 3-1.

The visiting Checkers found themselves in a hole early on as the home squad notched a pair of tallies within the first 10 minutes of play and seemed to hold much of the offensive momentum. Charlotte pushed back in the middle frame with a handful of strong chances, but a late strike from star blue liner T.J. Brennan in the final seconds of the period sent the Checkers to the dressing room down 3-0.

The third frame saw the Checkers form a surge of their own. Warren Foegele finished off a slick move to the slot by Andrew Miller to finally break the goose egg on the scoreboard midway through the period, but despite outshooting the Phantoms 7-3, Charlotte couldn't put anything else behind Lehigh Valley netminder Alex Lyon, who stopped 28 of the 29 shots he faced and picked up the 3-1 victory for the home team.

Goal Summary

PERIOD TIME TEAM GOAL ASSIST ASSIST

SCORE

1

1

2

3 6:01

9:15

19:49

10:53 LV

LV

LV

CHA Carey (17)

Lindblom (10)

Brennan (4)

Foegele (16) Goulbourne

Carey

Carey

Miller Varone

Varone

Goulbourne

- - PP

- - 1-0 LV

2-0 LV

3-0 LV

3-1 LV

Notes

The Checkers have lost consecutive games for just the second time this season, with the others coming during a four-game losing streak that spanned from Nov. 11-18 ... The Checkers have failed to score at least three goals in consecutive games for the second time this season, with the other instance coming on Nov. 17 and 18 ... The Checkers have failed to score a power-play goal in consecutive games for the fourth time this season ... With an assist, Andrew Miller extended his point streak to three games ... Warren Foegele scored his 16th goal, tying him for the fourth most in a single season by a Checkers rookie ... Sergey Tolchinsky left the game in the second period due to injury and did not return ... Valentin Zykov missed the game due to an illness ... Dennis Robertson and Steven Lorentz served as healthy scratches

Up Next

The Checkers will get a rematch with Lehigh Valley tomorrow night, with puck drop coming at 7:05 p.m.

Media contacts

Paul Branecky | pbranecky@gocheckers.com | 704.940.4086

Nicholas Niedzielski | nniedzielski@gocheckers.com | 704.940.4089

Charlotte Checkers | www.gocheckers.com | 704.342.4423

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