Devils Curse Checkers in Lopsided 6-2 Loss
Zykov extends AHL goals lead, Miller & McKeown notch multi-point games in losing effort
BINGHAMTON, NY - In their return from a quick holiday break, the Checkers couldn't keep up with the Binghamton Devils, falling by a 6-2 final.
A power-play tally by the home squad was quickly followed by another Binghamton strike to give the Devils an early advantage after one period, but the Checkers' mighty offense responded in the second. The league's leading goal scorer Valentin Zykov stuck with a loose puck out front and knocked it home to cut Binghamton's lead in half early on in the middle frame, but the home team would take over from there.
The Devils cashed in two more times before the second horn to reestablish their stronghold on the lead, then tacked on a pair right away in the third to put the Checkers on the ropes. Roland McKeown threaded in a wrister to the back of the net midway through the frame but other than that Charlotte's attack, which hung seven goals on this same Binghamton team in their earlier meeting this month, couldn't muster up a rally and the Devils skated away with the lopsided victory.
Valentin Zykov's goal was his AHL-leading 19th of the season and extended his point streak to eight games, tying the longest by a Checker this season. Tonight was just the fourth time the Checkers have lost this season when outshooting their opponent. Charlotte was held without a power-play goal for the first time in six games. Roland McKeown recorded his first pro multi-point game. With two assists Andrew Miller now has eight multi-point games this season. Mike Ferrantino, Nick Schilkey and Dennis Robertson all served as healthy extras.
The Checker' post-holiday road trip continues Friday as the visit the Lehigh Valley Phantoms for the first time this season.
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