Charlotte Checkers

Charlotte Checkers in playoff picture after 6th straight home win

Robert McGinn scored in his frirst game back from injury and Justin Shugg put the Charlotte Checkers ahead for good Friday night at Bojangles’ Coliseum during a 6-3 American Hockey League victory over the Texas Stars.

The win gives Charlotte a franchise-record six consecutive at home and puts the Checkers in the playoff picture. Friday also marked the third time in four games that Charlotte had the six-goal mark.

“It was not a pretty hockey game by any stretch,” Charlotte coach Mark Morris said. “We were just hanging on there for a while and it was timely scoring that made a difference. I couldn’t really put my finger on it, but we were not as sharp as we need to be at this stage of the year.”

McGinn, who had missed the previous nine games, started the scoring midway through the first, forcing a turnover and beating Texas goalie Jack Campbell. Andrew Poturalski doubled the advantage before the period was over.

Texas responded in the nest period, however, with Derek Hulak and Curtis McKenzie goals.

Shugg then put the Checkers in the lead for good before the second period was done and minutes after McKenzie scored. Sergey Tolchinsky put Charlotte back ahead by two less than a minute into the third and then sealed the victory with two empty-net goals.

The same teams will meet Saturday night in Charlotte.

“If we can watch some video and correct those mistakes we’ll have a little bit more of a playoff mentality going forward,” Charlotte’s Derek Ryan said. “You can’t expect to score six goals every night.”

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