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Although there are some ridiculous rumors circulating about a possible trade involving Ales Hemsky of the Oilers, the Hurricanes are done with signings for the big team. In the last 24 hours, they’ve seen one of the key pieces for the Checkers sign elsewhere and they quickly got some help down there.
On Thursday afternoon, the Capitals signed 27-year old left winger Jacob Micflikier to a one-year contract to play in Hershey. Today, the Canes signed 30-year old Chris Durno, who had been captain of the Norfolk Admirals (Tampa Bay)
On Sunday night, the Charlotte Checkers completed a two game home set with the defending Calder Cup champion Hershey Bears. After a frustrating 2-1 shootout loss on Friday, Charlotte came out with guns blazing, scored goals in bursts, and even got their hands dirty a few times. The end result was a convincing 5-3 win, which allowed the Checkers to leapfrog the Bears in the standings.
Charlotte got a lot of production from the heavy lifters, as the top line of Zach Boychuk / Zac Dalpe / Jacob Micflikier accounted for three goals and seven assists. Micflikier had two goals and an assist; Dalpe had a goal and two assists; Boychuk had four assists. They swept the three stars of the game. The Checkers also got goals from Matt Pistilli and defenseman Bryan Rodney.
The Bears got one goal from Sheldon Souray, who is getting paid $5.5 million after the Edmonton Oilers kicked him out of training camp and then loaned him to the Capitals organization. For the record, it was a five-on-three goal. They also got a shorthanded goal by Jay Beagle and a four-on-four goal from Lawrence Nycholat.
The Charlotte Checkers have just completed a grueling stretch of eight games in eleven days. Included was a stretch of five games in six days. They will now have four days off before playing two in a row against the AHL worst Adirondack Phantoms (Flyers). The Checkers got off to a bit of a slow start, but in that eleven day stretch, they earned 12 of 16 points, going 5-1-0-2 along the way. They are now in second place in the East Division, third overall in the Eastern Conference.
They showed a few signs of fatigue last week, but they looked sharp towards the end of that stretch, scoring goals in big bunches. The goaltending has been pretty good, but in the two games that I attended during that stretch, the defense was a little suspect. In last night’s 6-5 win over the hapless Bridgeport Sound Tigers (Islanders), Bobby Sanguenetti had a particularly bad time, leaving goaltender Mike Murphy in a helpless situation.
Rookie Zac Dalpe has been very good in the last two weeks. Chris Terry, Jerome Samson and Jacob Micflikier have been consistently good all season.