The Charlotte Checkers scored three power play goals on their way to an easy 8-1 win over the visiting Binghamton Devils on Saturday to sweep the mini two-game weekend. The BDevils were severely shorthanded, and it showed as they lost their third consecutive and seventh of their last eight to solidify last place in the North Division.
Binghamton (24-31-5-0) wasn’t much of a challenge as they managed just 18 shots compared to 36 for the Checkers as Cam Johnson took the loss in goal. Mind you, six shots per period is not going to win you a lot of hockey games, but it is what it is as this is going to be a difficult ride in the final 16 games that are left remaining.
With the league’s top record of 38-14-6-1, they will easily earn a spot in the post-season. The same can’t be said for the Devils, as this has been a lost season to forget.
At this point of my recap, I normally try to break it down on the goals and how they developed with some subtle points of interest, but with all that’s occurring, this would be a waste of your time as a casual reader, as well as mine. With eight goals against, our lone tally was scored by F Brandon Gignac in the opening twenty minutes, his 10th of the season which is a career high in the pros.
Line-Up, Game #60
Forwards: Tangradi - Schmelzer - Popugaev, Gignac - Seney - Studenic, Baddock - Sharangovich - Saracino, Krushelnyski - Edwardh
Defensemen: Ramage - Gryba, White - Murphy, Hammond - Jacobs/Bergin
In Goal: Cam Johnson, Evan Cormier
Scratches: Brian Strait, Eddie Lack, Brian Ward and Blake Speers
Post Game Notes
- Joey Anderson called up to take the spot of Kurtis Gabriel in New Jersey as he serves his 1 game suspension. With Nikita Popugaev on the top line, it sets an example of how far deep the Devils are on the injury bug, as the organization as a whole has been decimated.
- The club’s second worse loss in franchise history with the top being a 10-1 whopping in Rochester last season.
#1. Tomas Jurco (2g), #2. Andrew Poturalski (2g, 2a), #3. Patrick Brown (1g, 1a)
Binghamton will be involved in another three-in-three weekend with the first two games on home ice against Springfield on Friday, followed by Rochester on Saturday.