One night after a tough loss, the Charlotte Checkers got revenge on the Texas Stars, downing them 3-1 Saturday night, snapping an eight-game winless streak.
The Checkers came out of the gates with much more urgency than the night before, pumping 11 shots on goal and scoring first. The strike came courtesy of Andrew Rowe, his first in a Charlotte sweater, as he deflected a point blast from Rasmus Rissanen.
Charlotte extended its lead in the second, as Rowe exited the penalty box and was sprung on a breakaway. Stars goalie Anders Lindback denied Rowe, but Jared Staal was trailing the play and hammered home the rebound to put the Checkers ahead 2-0 heading into the final period.
The Stars cut Charlotte’s lead to 2-1 midway through the third period when Greg Rallo tipped in a blast from Maxime Fortunus, but the Checkers buckled down and held on. Chad LaRose sealed the victory late with an empty-net goal to send Charlotte home with a 3-1 victory.
Drew MacIntyre’s play in goal was a big factor in the win. Making his second-straight start, MacIntyre turned aside 34 of the 35 shots he faced from the potent Texas attack, denying any second chance opportunities and helping to hold the Stars’ powerplay to one goal on six man advantages.
The Checkers return home to Time Warner Cable Arena, where they have earned points in six of their last seven contests, for a four-game home stand beginning Tuesday against Oklahoma City.