Charlotte Checkers

Checkers 5, Wild 4 (SO)

Midway through the third period of Sunday night’s game, it looked like the Iowa Wild was going to get its revenge on Charlotte. The Checkers had other plans and rallied for a 5-4 American Hockey League shootout victory..

His team down 4-1, Derek Ryan kicked off the rally, netting his first goal in North America on a 4-on-3 power play. Rookie Brett Pesce followed with a tally of his own to pull the Checkers within one with less than five minutes to go.

The Wild gifted the Checkers another power play shortly after and Trevor Carrick took advantage, ripping a blast from the point through traffic and in to knot the game at four and force overtime.

The newly established 3-on-3 overtime format was as high-octane as you would expect, but neither team could break through and the game proceeded on to a shootout.

In the shootout, rookie Rasmus Tirronen, who entered the game during the third period, turned aside each of the two shooters he faced, while T.J. Hensick and Sergey Tolchinsky each found twine to complete the comeback and clinch the Checkers victory, sending them back home with a 2-0-0-0 record.

Three who mattered

Sergey Tolchinsky: Scored in the shootout to clinch the Checkers’ comeback win

Trevor Carrick: Scored with less than two minutes to go in regulation to force overtime

Derek Ryan: Recorded a goal and an assist for his first points in North America

Worth mentioning

▪ Justin Shugg’s first-period score was the 50th of his AHL career

▪ Coach Mark Morris is tied with Bruce Boudreau for ninth all-time in AHL wins with 340

▪ Former Charlotte captain and current Wild forward Brett Sutter appeared in his 600th pro game

What’s next

The Checkers will return home for a week of practice before heading to Milwaukee to face the Admirals on Friday.

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