The Lake Erie Monsters had Charlotte on the ropes multiple times during the teams’ Halloween matchup but the Checkers wouldn’t go down, battling back to capture a 6-5 shootout win.
The Monsters held a two-goal advantage over the Checkers three separate times throughout the night. The first came with a quick pair of strikes in the first three minutes of play, but Brendan Woods responded later in the frame to pull Charlotte within one after 20 minutes.
Kerby Rychel again pushed the Monsters’ lead to two in the second, but Brody Sutter and Derek Ryan each lit the lamp within 90 seconds of each other to even things heading into the final period.
Lake Erie again built a two-goal lead midway through the third, seemingly icing the game. But a Danny Biega shot found its way into the back of the net and put the Checkers within striking distance, paving the way for Phil Di Giuseppe’s game-tying goal with just 31 seconds remaining on the clock to force overtime.
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After a scoreless extra frame, it was Drew MacIntyre who continued to dominate in the shootout, denying all three shooters he faced, while Derek Ryan converted to seal the comeback win.
Three who mattered
Phil Di Giuseppe: Scored with 31 seconds left in regulation to force overtime
Zach Boychuk: Notched assist on game-tying goal to become franchise’s all-time scoring leader
Drew MacIntyre: Stopped all three shootout attempts from Lake Erie to stay perfect on the season
▪ The Checkers have now won eight of their last nine shootouts.
▪ Danny Biega, Brody Sutter and T.J. Hensick led the team with two points each.
▪ Drew MacIntyre made his sixth consecutive start and has appeared in every game this season for Charlotte.
Next up for the Checkers is their long-awaited home opener on Saturday, Nov. 7, when they will host the Manitoba Moose.