Charlotte Wounds Iowa In 7-0 Blowout, Now In 8th Place

You had one job, Iowa! And, no, it wasn’t to grow better corn or groom better wrestlers. On Wednesday night, an evening where playoff jockeying was taking place league-wide, the Charlotte Checkers punished the lowly Iowa Wild in a 7-0 blowout that featured four power play goals, four goals in the third period alone, and 248 penalty minutes. The first two periods only saw 8 total minor penalties with a spicey side of 10 minutes for an abuse of an official. After that, well, you know the story. To the score sheet!

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IA Winchester, 0:53 – Cross-checking, 2 min (PP)
CHA Blanchard, 4:05 – Fighting, 5 min
IA Bussieres, 4:05 – Game misconduct – Third man in, (46.16) 10 min
IA McMillan, 4:05 – Cross-checking, 2 min (PP)
IA McMillan, 4:05 – Fighting, 5 min
CHA Flood, 5:48 – Fighting, 5 min
IA Dowell, 5:48 – Fighting, 5 min
IA Dowell, 5:48 – Misconduct – Continuing altercation, (46.5) 10 min
IA Hagel, 5:48 – Goaltender interference, 2 min
CHA Corrente, 6:21 – Fighting, 5 min
CHA Corrente, 6:21 – Misconduct – Continuing altercation, (46.5) 10 min
CHA Bro. Sutter, 6:21 – Fighting, 5 min
IA Bulmer, 6:21 – Instigating, 2 min
IA Bulmer, 6:21 – Fighting, 5 min
IA Bulmer, 6:21 – Misconduct – Instigating, (46.11) 10 min
IA Bulmer, 6:21 – Game misconduct – Secondary altercation, (46.7) 10 min
IA Winchester, 6:21 – Clipping, 2 min
IA Winchester, 6:21 – Fighting, 5 min
CHA Boychuk, 8:33 – Goaltender interference, 2 min
CHA Boychuk, 8:33 – Unsportsmanlike conduct, 2 min[/one_half] [one_half_last]

CHA Boychuk, 8:33 – Fighting, 5 min
CHA Lowe, 8:33 – Fighting, 5 min
CHA Lowe, 8:33 – Game misconduct – Secondary altercation, (46.7) 10 min
CHA Bre. Sutter, 8:33 – Fighting, 5 min
CHA Bre. Sutter, 8:33 – Game misconduct – Secondary altercation, (46.7) 10 min
IA Brace, 8:33 – Unsportsmanlike conduct, 2 min
IA Brace, 8:33 – Fighting, 5 min
IA Cuma, 8:33 – Fighting, 5 min
IA Cuma, 8:33 – Game misconduct – Secondary altercation, (46.7) 10 min
IA Foucault, 8:33 – Fighting, 5 min
IA Foucault, 8:33 – Game misconduct – Secondary altercation, (46.7) 10 min
IA Medvec, 12:09 – Misconduct – Unsportsmanlike conduct, (75.4) 10 min
CHA Blanchard, 12:37 – Fighting, 5 min
CHA Dolan, 12:37 – Misconduct – Unsportsmanlike conduct, (75.4) 10 min
IA Miskovic, 12:37 – Misconduct – Unsportsmanlike conduct, (75.4) 10 min
IA Peters, 12:37 – Clipping, 2 min
IA Peters, 12:37 – Fighting, 5 min
IA Winchester, 17:02 – Boarding, 2 min
IA Winchester, 17:02 – Misconduct – Unsportsmanlike conduct, (75.4) 10 min[/one_half_last]

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That took two columns, folks. Keep in mind that is just the third period infractions – all 39 of them. So what does this have to do with the Oklahoma City Barons? Good question.

Charlotte looks like a juggernaut lately, while Oklahoma City a purring kitty. That is all well and good, but the Barons next opponent is none other than the Charlotte Checkers. So a statement victory, if such a thing exists, has just been proclimated. That either energizes the Checks down the stretch or it inflates the ego (could be both I suppose). Either way you slice it, Charlotte probably isn’t the squad anyone wants a piece of in late March.

The defeat of Iowa also positions the Checkers in the 8th spot, jumping Rochester momentarily. If Charlotte is the juggernaut, OKC the purring kitty, then Rochester is the lazy beagle. They have crested in terms of outcome, and are now 2-6-2-0 over the last ten.

Oklahoma City is momentarily jammed in 10th place, but with a game in hand (lasting only 48 hours). So the 8th spot is the spot the Barons are gunning for. Although, with the race now a three-way battle, the Barons could lock down 7th. But at this point, getting in the Calder Cup postseason is the focus regardless of seed.

The Stars or the Griffins – choose your poison – is whom the Barons could face if they attain the 7th or 8th seed in the West. That’s not all that promising, but this team (like virtually every other Barons team in four seasons) has a way of getting things done. Big games ahead against Charlotte. Buckle up.