The Charlotte Checkers and the Tucson Roadrunners completed their season series this past weekend, Feb. 3-4, in Glendale, Ariz. The two teams faced off just before the AHL All-Star break with Charlotte winning both games. When the Checkers came out west the Roadrunners looked to get back into the win column following a five game losing streak.
The first game on Friday opened with a goal from Roadrunners’ rookie defenseman Kyle Wood late in the first period. Wood recently won the AHL’s hardest shot competition at the All-Star game the weekend before. He would tally another goal during the second period. The Checkers would try for a comeback in the third period by receiving goals from Valentin Zykov and Patrick Brown. In the end, Laurent Dauphin would score with 21 seconds left to steal the game for the Roadrunners.
Saturday‘s game was a more dominant effort by the Checkers. They came out with full speed and the scoresheet reflected that. The Checkers led the Roadrunners 3-0 by the end of the first period. Roadrunners’ Laurent Dauphin and Ryan MacInnis scored during the second period to cut the Checkers’ lead down to one. However, in the third period, Andrej Nestrasil scored the only goal of the period to seal the Checkers win.
Pucks and Recreation photographer Chelsea Stedry was on location for both games in this thrilling match-up.