Checkers: Scouting the Enemy

(Photo Credit: Charlotte Checkers // flickr)
FIGHT HELLBERG FIGHT. (Photo Credit: Charlotte Checkers // flickr)

Tonight is the last of the Admirals three games in three days spurt. It’s already been a success with two wins against the Midwest Division leading Rockford IceHogs in the bag. This will be the first time the Charlotte Checkers have come to Milwaukee since the season opener. However, the last time we played against the Checkers it was chaos in Charlotte.

~Remember That Time When Hellberg Face Punched Muse~

We last matched up with the Checkers at the end of November. It was the start of what would become a seven-game losing streak for the Admirals.

Game #1 was televised live on television for all to see and it was mayhem. The Admirals lost 5-4 and the game ended with 108 combined penalty minutes with a line brawl and goalie fight being the headline.

Game #2 was also centered around the action in net. This time it had less to do with goalie fighting and more to do with just how incredible Drew MacIntyre was for the Checkers. The former-Admiral made thirty-nine saves in a 3-2 (SO) contest.

~Names & Numbers Taken~

The main antagonist from the narrative in Charlotte was Rasmus Rissanen. He was everywhere and put himself in the crosshairs of all Admirals after standing up Rich Clune with a knee-on-knee hit. It was Rissanen that triggered the line brawl as well as the subsequent goalie fight because John Muse was trying to get Mike Liambas off of Rissanen which drew in Magnus Hellberg to even the numbers game in the scrap. Keep your eyes peeled for #2 in Charlotte red tonight. He could well be getting a receipt or looking for one of his own.

~As They Stand Today~

The Checkers have a record of 13-18-4-1 (31 points) which puts them fourth in the West Division and thirteenth in the Western Conference… because nothing says West like Charlotte, North Carolina… I digress. In their last ten games they have gone 4-3-2-1 (11 points) and enter on a three game point streak.

Their top scorers are Chad LaRose and Justin Shugg. LaRose leads the Checkers in scoring with 19 points (9 goals, 10 assists). Shugg has played ten less games than LaRose but has an impressive 17 points (12 goals, 5 assists).

MacIntyre continues to play well in net for the Checkers. He has a record of 11-11-3-1 this season with a 2.51 goals against average and 0.918 save percentage. In three games this month he has a 1.99 goals against average and 0.932 save percentage. He stopped 29/30 shots in the Checkers 2-1 win in Grand Rapids against the Griffins last night.

Expectations for tonight’s game against the Charlotte Checkers? Do you feel enough time has passed or will these two brawl it out like the first meeting in Charlotte? Would you reward Marek Mazanec with the start tonight after getting the shutout last night or rest him because it would be his third start in three days?

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