The Checkers marched into Milwaukee looking to make history. With a 7-2 victory, they did just that, clinching the team’s best start in franchise history.
The Charlotte offense was firing on all cylinders all night. Phil Di Giuseppe spearheaded the attack to start, assisting on the first goal and then netting one of his own to put the visitors up 2-0. Patrick Brown doubled the Checkers’ lead with a pair of strikes, one shorthanded, before the Admirals finally found their way onto the scoresheet in the third period.
Milwaukee added another late in the frame to pull within striking distance, but the Checkers quickly netted three insurance markers, including two into an empty net, to seal the lopsided 7-2 victory on the road. Drew MacIntyre rebounded from a rough showing last week, turning aside 22 shots and keeping the Admirals attack at bay.
Three who mattered
Phil Di Giuseppe: Recorded two points, giving him a share of the team lead with four on the season.
Jake Chelios: Notched three assists in his first game wearing a Checkers sweater.
Patrick Brown: Marked his first multigoal game as a pro.
The win was coach Mark Morris’ 341st in the AHL, moving him into sole possession of ninth all time.
Three Checkers defensemen led the way with three-point nights: Danny Biega, Jaccob Slavin and Jake Chelios.
With two tonight, the Checkers have scored a power-play goal in each of their three games this season
The Checkers continue their month-long road trip Saturday night in Chicago as they face off with the Wolves.