After a scoreless first period, Charlotte broke the stalemate with a power play tally late in the middle frame. Aaron Palushaj found Mark Flood at the blue line and the defensemen blasted in his team-best fifth goal of the season to put the Checkers up 1-0.
The IceHogs finally broke through with 10:42 left in the third period. Jimmy Hayes picked up a pass from Dylan Olsen, skated behind Charlotte’s net and wrapped in his third goal of the season to tie the game at one a piece.
After 60 minutes of play the game was tied 1-1 and headed into overtime and eventually the shootout.
In the shootout, Rockford outscored Charlotte 2-1 with goals from Viktor Svedberg and Garret Ross. Raanta stopped Charlotte’s Victor Rask, Justin Shugg, Aaron Palushaj, and Zach Boychuk, allowing just Chris Terry to score.
Allen York was the tough luck loser for Charlotte despite making 28 saves in his Checkers debut.
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