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Checkers hammer Texas Stars in Charlotte


Matej Stransky scored twice, but that was well short of overcoming the Charlotte Checkers who defeated the Stars 9-3 in Charlotte, N.C. on Saturday.

The Checkers (38-29-5-0) scored four first-period goals while Dennis Roberts scored two goals and made an assist to lead the onslaught.

Aleksi Samuelsson, Levko Koper, Connor Brickley and Jake Chelios each assisted on two goals for Charlotte.

Aleksi Saarela scored a goal and assisted on two others while five other Checkers notched a goal and an assist apiece. Andrej Nestrasil, Andrew Miller, Andrew Poturalski, Patrick Brown and Patrick Dwyer each scored and assisted in the game.

Justin Peters got the start for Texas (32-35-1-4) but was pulled midway through the second period after allowing five goals on 21 shots. Maxime Lagace finished the game for Texas and gave up four goals while making 13 saves.

Samuelsson put the Checkers up 1-0 on a power play 5:17 into the first period.

Robertson scored the first of his goals a little over six minutes later to double the lead.

Saarela and Dwyer scored goals within three minutes of each other to put Charlotte up 4-0.

Stransky made it 4-1 5:33 into the second period on a power play, but the Checkers responded with three straight goals to take an insurmountable lead.

Nestrasil, Poturalski and Brown each cashed in during the second period for Charlotte.

Stransky closed the period the way he started it, scoring a goal for Texas. It was his 26th of the season.

Miller and Robinson added two more goals for the Checkers in the third while Ethan Werek capped the scoring for Texas.

The Stars were 1 for 3 on the power play while Charlotte cashed in three times on eight attempts.

Tom McCollum earned the win in net for the Checkers, stopping 15 shots on 18 attempts.

The teams face off once again on Sunday at noon in Charlotte.



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