The Charlotte Checkers’ offensive woes continued Tuesday night as their franchise-record winless streak hit double digits in Milwaukee.
A 3-0 loss to the Admirals dropped Charlotte to 0-8-2 over the course of its 10-game skid, the longest active streak in the AHL and the second longest posted by any team in the league this season. Milwaukee rookie goaltender Juuse Saros made 26 saves as the Checkers were shut out for the fourth time this season.
Charlotte, which has scored 18 goals in its last 10 games and just 11 ateven strength, put pressure on the Admirals at times but were unable to break through Saros, who earned his second shutout. The visitors also hit a few goalposts Tuesday night, most notably one by Brock McGinn in the first period and another by T.J. Hensick with time winding down in the third.
Milwaukee got all the offense it would need early in the second period when Max Gortz took advantage of some open space created by a Checkers line change and fired a shot that Charlotte’s Drew MacIntyre did well to stop. However, the puck just managed to just squeeze through MacIntyre, with Gortz following his own effort at the loose puck for an easy tap-in.
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The Admirals would add another via Matt White’s shot from a sharp angle along the goal line midway through the second before sealing the deal with Kevin Fiala’s empty-net tally in the final minutes.
The result marked the second consecutive shutout for Milwaukee, a team that leapfrogged the Checkers in the Central Division standings over the course of Charlotte’s winless streak. The Admirals improved to 8-1-1 in their last 10 games.
The Checkers’ six-game road swing continues this weekend as they play three divisional games in three nights starting Friday. The first two will be against the Griffins in Grand Rapids, while the third will see them take on the Chicago Wolves on Sunday.