Loss in Charlotte Drops Wolf Pack into Tie for Division LeadFeb 7, 2020
(Photo courtesy of Charlotte Checkers)
The Wolf Pack fell back into a tie with the Hershey Bears for first place in the AHL’s Atlantic Division Friday night, after a 6-0 loss to the Charlotte Checkers at Bojangles’ Coliseum in Charlotte, NC, in the first of back-to-back games between the two teams in Charlotte.
The Wolf Pack, who have won a franchise-record 12 consecutive home games, are now 0-4-2-0 in their last six road contests. Hartford fell to 27-11-4-5 on the year (63 pts.) on the season, and Hershey won 3-0 at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, to improve to 29-15-2-3.
Alex Nedeljkovic stopped all 17 shots in the Charlotte net to get the shutout on Friday, and defenseman Oliwer Kaski had a goal and two assists. Gustav Forsling, Morgan Geekie, Janne Kuokkanen and David Gust all had a goal and an assist apiece for the Checkers, and Julien Gauthier also scored.
Charlotte outshot the Wolf Pack by a combined margin of 29-12 in the first two periods, and took control of the game with three goals in the opening frame.
Forsling started the scoring at 9:13, and then helped set up Geekie for his 16th goal of the season 3:09 later, at 12:22. Then, with the Wolf Pack’s Darren Raddysh in the penalty box for roughing, Kuokkanen extended the lead to 3-0 with a power-play strike with 48 seconds left in the period.
The Checkers widened the margin to 4-0 at 10:41 of the second period, as Gauthier scored his 23rd of the season, and Gust made it 5-0 with 1:47 on the second-period clock.
Kaski completed the scoring at 16:37 of the third, assisted by Kuokkanen and Steven Lorentz.
The Wolf Pack and Checkers tangle again at Bojangles’ Coliseum Saturday night, with faceoff at 6:00.
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Hartford Wolf Pack 0 at Charlotte Checkers 6
Friday, February 7, 2020 - Bojangles' Coliseum
Hartford 0 0 0 - 0
Charlotte 3 2 1 - 6
1st Period-1, Charlotte, Forsling 7 (Priskie, Lorentz), 9:13. 2, Charlotte, Geekie 16 (Forsling, Gust), 12:22. 3, Charlotte, Kuokkanen 10 (Kaski, Geekie), 19:12 (PP). Penalties-Hajek Hfd (tripping), 3:32; Luostarinen Cha (hooking), 5:18; Raddysh Hfd (roughing), 18:06.
2nd Period-4, Charlotte, Gauthier 23 (McCormick, Luostarinen), 10:41. 5, Charlotte, Gust 9 (Claesson, Kaski), 18:13. Penalties-served by Kravtsov Hfd (bench minor - too many men), 0:39; Geekie Cha (slashing), 2:18; Sheppard Cha (tripping), 19:26.
3rd Period-6, Charlotte, Kaski 9 (Kuokkanen, Lorentz), 16:37. Penalties-Forsling Cha (delay of game), 0:05.
Shots on Goal-Hartford 8-4-5-17. Charlotte 17-12-9-38.
Power Play Opportunities-Hartford 0 / 4; Charlotte 1 / 3.
Goalies-Hartford, Huska 10-6-5 (38 shots-32 saves). Charlotte, Nedeljkovic 14-9-1 (17 shots-17 saves).
Referees-Dan Kelly (45), Jonathon Sitarski (23).
Linesmen-Julien Fournier (56), Sean D'Loughy (95).