CHARLOTTE, NC – After seeing their road winning streak snapped Tuesday night, the Manitoba Moose were looking to get a new streak going in the second game of a back-to-back with the Charlotte Checkers. Tuesday night’s matchup saw the Checkers take the opener by a score of 4-2 in a nail-biter that came down to the last minute with a Checkers empty net goal.
Wednesday night, both teams battled hard with the home squad getting some timely goaltending, especially in the second period, as the Moose fired 15 shots on goal.
The Checkers needed overtime tonight as the ended it early in the extra frame as Phil Di Giuseppe scored on a 2-on-1 rush to give him his fourth of the season and second of the game and a 3-2 victory.
Veteran Michael Leighton was a brick wall in the pipes for Charlotte as he stopped 33 of 35 shots and kept his team in this game as they were peppered in the second period. Leighton continues to have a sparkling goals against average under two for the season.
Manitoba got goals from JC Lipon his third and Pete Stoykewych who also notched his third of the season.
Manitoba was the victim of some bad luck as they hit the post and the bar a couple times as Jack Roslovic wired a shot off the bar in the first period that looked to put the visitors out front. Early in the second Kyle Connor had some magical moves and ripped a laser off the goal post.
Moose goalie Eric Comrie stopped 27 shots and took the loss.
Manitoba will continue this road swing on Friday night in Rockford and will look to get back in the win column.
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