Playing their third game in as many days, the Checkers battled with the Chicago Wolves but ultimately came up short in a shootout, 3-2.
The Wolves opened the scoring in a high-octane first when Pat Cannone capitalized on a strange bounce at the side of the Checkers’ net and pounded one home. Charlotte found the equalizer in the latter stages of the frame with Sergey Tolchinsky collecting a feed from Trevor Carrick, splitting the defensemen and notching his eighth of the year to tie things heading into the intermission.
Cannone netted his second of the night two minutes into the third period, securing a loose puck in front and finessing it to the back of the net to put the home team ahead once again. But the Checkers battled back, and Patrick Brown unleashed a wicked wrister from point-blank range 25 seconds later to erase the Wolves lead.
Despite some big surges from both clubs, the game moved on to the shootout.
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Both Danny Kristo and Ty Rattie were able to beat Checkers goalie Altshuller, clinching two points in the standings for the Wolves.