From Press Release
A.J. Jenks scored a pair of power play goals as the Charlotte Checkers opened a 5-0 lead through two periods on the way to a 6-2 win over the Oklahoma City Barons on Friday at Time Warner Cable Arena.
The Barons (34-14-2-3) see a five-game road winning streak halted in the first of a season-high six-game road swing. A rematch with Charlotte is set for 6 pm CST on Saturday.
The Checkers, 31-19-2-3, improved to 5-1-1-1 against the Barons with the finale of the season series on Saturday. Charlotte out-shot Oklahoma City 42-28, amassing the most shots against the Barons in a game this season.
David LeNeveu started and played the first 31 minutes, departing after Charlotte’s fourth goal. Olivier Roy entered for his AHL debut and allowed the final two goals. LeNeveu took the loss to fall to 13-7-2.
John Muse stopped 26 of 28 shots in improving to 10-3-1.
Charlotte took a 2-0 lead after one period on a wrap-around by Jenks at 13:58, followed by a Matthew Pistilli tip at 18:39. The Checkers added three goals in the second, with Brett Sutter converting a 2-on-1 at 8:21, followed by Jenks’ second on a deflection at 11:00 and Chris Terry’s point shot on a two-man advantage at the 11:55 mark, 14 seconds into the power play.
The Barons closed the gap with a wrap-around by Linus Omark at 1:39 of the third, followed by Chris VandeVelde’s rebound at 3:49 to make the score 5-2, but Justin Shugg put home a breakaway goal 21 seconds later to conclude the scoring.
The six goals allowed were the second-most against Oklahoma City this season, behind a 7-0 defeat against Texas on opening night.