In one of the wilder games of the season, the Charlotte Checkers (21-19-1) dispatched the Oklahoma City Barons 9-3 in front of a sold-out crowd at Time Warner Cable Arena on Friday.
“That had a bit of everything,” said Checkers coach Jeff Daniels, whose squad won its fourth straight. “There were some goals, some fights, some saves. You know, it was a win and we just needed the win and we’ll move on from there.”
Zach Boychuk led the way with the second hat trick of his career.
“That was probably one of the most exciting game’s I’ve been a part of with the Checkers,” said Boychuk, who leads Charlotte with 18 goals this season.
John Muse, who tried to drop the gloves with Barons goaltender Chet Pickard late in the third before referees intervened, finished the game with 26 saves and won for the 12th time in his past 14 starts.
The win also tied Muse with Justin Peters for Checkers all-time wins with 33.
Both Aaron Palushaj and Greg Nemisz extended point streaks. Palushaj, whose streak is now at seven games, recorded a goal and an assist. Nemisz (one goal, one assist) has at least a point in six consecutive contests.
After a week of struggling on the power play, the Checkers’ unit came out firing, scoring on their first three chances.
When the final horn sounded, the Checkers had set a new franchise record for power play goals in a single game with five.
1st Period-1, Charlotte, Palushaj 15 (Bro. Sutter), 10:41. 2, Oklahoma City, Stretch 8 (Klefbom, Musil), 11:47. Penalties-Ewanyk Okc (fighting), 2:58; Jenks Cha (fighting), 2:58; Pinizzotto Okc (fighting), 7:18; Corrente Cha (fighting), 7:18; Acton Okc (fighting), 18:48; Bre. Sutter Cha (fighting), 18:48.
2nd Period-3, Charlotte, Nemisz 8 (Bro. Sutter, Palushaj), 1:30. 4, Charlotte, Bre. Sutter 4 (Terry, Boychuk), 7:03 (PP). 5, Charlotte, Boychuk 16 (Terry, Murphy), 17:31 (PP). 6, Oklahoma City, Pitlick 5 (Hunt, Lander), 19:40 (PP). Penalties-MacIntyre Okc (charging), 6:55; Jordan Cha (high-sticking), 14:12; Davidson Okc (high-sticking), 16:37; Rissanen Cha (high-sticking), 17:50.
3rd Period-7, Charlotte, Boychuk 17 (Biega, Terry), 4:02 (PP). 8, Charlotte, Boychuk 18 (Terry, Bre. Sutter), 6:26. 9, Charlotte, Rask 8 (Murphy, Bre. Sutter), 7:47 (PP). 10, Charlotte, Marquardt 4 (Pistilli), 14:15. 11, Oklahoma City, Horak 10 (Pitlick), 14:52. 12, Charlotte, Rissanen 2 (Nemisz, Murphy), 15:52 (PP). Penalties-Fedun Okc (hooking), 2:52; MacIntyre Okc (roughing), 7:25; Marquardt Cha (hooking), 8:01; Fedun Okc (misconduct - abuse of officials), 15:35; Ford Okc (roughing), 15:35; Hamilton Okc (fighting), 16:08; Pistilli Cha (fighting), 16:08; Ford Okc (fighting, misconduct - continuing altercation), 16:10; Marquardt Cha (fighting, misconduct - continuing altercation), 16:10; Acton Okc (instigating, fighting, game misconduct - instigator (last 5:00)), 16:15; Pickard Okc (leaving the crease), 16:15; Muse Cha (leaving the crease), 16:15; Bro. Sutter Cha (fighting), 16:15; Pinizzotto Okc (slashing), 19:46.
Shots on Goal-Oklahoma City 9-13-7-29. Charlotte 17-15-15-47.
Power Play Opportunities-Oklahoma City 1 / 3; Charlotte 5 / 7.
Goalies-Oklahoma City, Pickard 1-2-0 (47 shots-38 saves). Charlotte, Muse 16-8-0 (29 shots-26 saves).
A-8,160 Referees-Jamie Koharski (84), David Banfield (77). Linesmen-Paul Carnathan (93), Terry Wicklum (58).
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