After a fast-paced, high-scoring tilt the night before, the Checkers could not get anything going in the rematch with Oklahoma City, falling by a score of 3-0 Saturday night and running their road-winless streak to five games.
The Checkers created pressure throughout the game, dominating the play at points, but could not seem to solve Laurent Brossoit, who earned his first AHL shutout. John Muse got the start for Charlotte, his fifth of the season, and was saddled with the loss despite looking solid for the majority of the contest.
After racking up 13 goals in the last three games, the Checkers offense reverted back to their previous struggles, failing to light the lamp for the first time this season. The last time the team was shutout was April 5 of last season, again at the hands of Oklahoma City. Their last win on the road came on October 24 in Iowa, making this skid the worst since the team finished last season with five consecutive losses away from home.
Despite nothing to show for it on the scoreboard, the Checkers had their fair share of chances.
The team peppered Brossoit with a season-high 36 shots, the eighth time in their last 10 contests that they have recorded more than 30 shots.
1st Period-1, Oklahoma City, Miller 3 8:57. Penalties-Davidson Okc (tripping), 0:46; Sandlak Cha (holding), 4:48; Biega Cha (tripping), 19:52.
2nd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Moroz Okc (holding), 4:06; Shugg Cha (hooking), 7:29; Jenks Cha (roughing), 11:16; Ewanyk Okc (slashing), 11:16; Pitlick Okc (boarding), 12:17.
3rd Period-2, Oklahoma City, Williams 7 (R. Hamilton, Ford), 1:15. 3, Oklahoma City, Hunt 4 (Williams), 19:23 (EN). Penalties-Gernat Okc (holding), 9:57; served by Pitlick Okc (bench minor - too many men), 12:08.
Shots on Goal-Charlotte 12-13-11-36. Oklahoma City 7-11-7-25. Power Play Opportunities-Charlotte 0/5; Oklahoma City 0/3. Goalies-Charlotte, Muse 1-3-0 (24 shots-22 saves). Oklahoma City, Brossoit 2-3-0 (36 shots-36 saves). A-3,300. Referees-Trevor Hanson (47), Ian Croft (87). Linesmen-John Grandt (98), Randy Sappo (13).