After suffering a lopsided defeat on Saturday, the Checkers were able to bounce back in the rematch, outlasting the Manitoba Moose for a 2-1 victory.
Goaltending took center stage for the first 40 minutes, as both Daniel Altshuller and Connor Hellebuyck were brick walls between the pipes. The starters were perfect through the first two periods, controlling play and stifling any chances that either side could create.
The Checkers broke the scoreless deadlock seven minutes into the final frame when Derek Ryan angled in a cross-ice feed from Ryan Murphy on the man advantage. That lead was short-lived, as the Moose responded with a power-play goal of their own less than three minutes later, knotting things up once more.
Charlotte continued to buzz all around the Manitoba zone, and then caught their break when Manitoba forward Ryan Olsen was whistled for an interference call late in the frame. It didn’t take long for the Checkers’ high-flying power-play unit to strike again, with the captain Ryan punching home a rebound for the go-ahead goal. Altshuller and the Checkers locked things down after that, including killing a penalty for the final two minutes of play, and came away with two hard-earned points on the road.
Altshuller turned in a solid 27-save performance to frustrate a feisty Manitoba offense that hung seven goals on the Checkers less than 24 hours earlier.
The Checkers return home for an extended home stand as they look to battle their way back into a playoff spot over the final stretch of the regular season.