Nedeljkovic Blanks Phantoms for 4-0 Victory
ALLENTOWN, PA - After falling just short in the weekend's first meeting, the Checkers left no doubt in their rematch with Lehigh Valley, pounding the Phantoms 4-0 behind a shutout performance from Alex Nedeljkovic.
The netminder stood tall on all 22 shots he faced - including helping kill off six man advantages - to frustrate a powerful Phantoms offense and pick up his third shutout of the season, as well as extending his league wins lead.
While Nedeljkovic proved to be a brick wall between the pipes, Charlotte's offensive attack pulled their weight in the win as well. Nick Schilkey continued his breakout campaign by opening the scoring in the first with a beautiful finish off a slick feed from Morgan Geekie and then capping things off with a power-play strike in the third for his third multi-goal game of the season.
Newcomer Tomas Jurco banged home a rebound out front to double the lead and keep Charlotte's momentum moving forward early in the second, while Nicolas Roy ripped a quick one-timer from the slot in the third off of another dish from Morgan Geekie, who finished the night with a pair of assists.
Nedeljkovic is now tied for fifth in the AHL in shutouts this season and has nine in his career ... Nedeljkovic has not had consecutive regulation losses this season ... Schilkey is now tied for fourth on the team in goals and has 12 points in his last 10 games ... Schilkey and Carrick both extended their point streaks to four games ... Carrick has an assist in each of the last four games ... The Checkers have scored a power-play goal in four straight games ... The Checkers have killed 23 of their last 24 penalties ... The Checkers have had a two-goal scorer in each of their last three games ... Haydn Fleury missed the game due to suspension ... Janne Kuokkanen and Spencer Smallman missed the game due to injury ... Steven Lorentz and Dennis Robertson were healthy extras
The Checkers will return home for a two-game set against the Rochester Americans on Friday and Saturday to kick off a relentless stretch to games to finish the season.
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