Red and Black Hockey
by David Lee on 04/20/11 at 10:39 PM ET
On Tuesday night, the Hershey Bears defeated the Charlotte Checkers 3-2. On Wednesday night, the Checkers returned the favor, winning game four by the same score. The series is tied 2-2 with one more game to be played in Charlotte on Friday night. Games six and (if necessary) seven will be in Hershey.
Charlotte got goals from Nick Dodge and Zach Boychuk on Tuesday while Zac Dalpe was held off the scoresheet completely. On Wednesday, Charlotte got goals from Dodge, Nicolas Blanchard and Oskar Osala. Jon Matsumoto had two helpers while Boychuk, Dalpe, Jacob Micflikier and Drayson Bowman each had one assist. Mike Murphy made 35 saves to pick up the win, which was his first career Calder Cup playoff victory.
It’s now a best-of-three series and Hershey has a decided home ice advantage. Charlotte can make things hard for them with another win on Friday.
Defenseman Justin Faulk, who just helped UMD win the NCAA championship, was signed last week and immediately reported to Charlotte. He made his professional debut tonight with no points or penalties and a +/- of zero. The guys on the Checkers radio broadcast said that he looked “like he belonged”.
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David Lee is a restaurant manager with an unused degree in political science. He can be found at Carolina Hurricanes games, Scrabble tournaments and indie-rock shows. Sometimes, all in the same day.