Stars Fall Short in Charlotte, 3-1Apr 9, 2017
Stars - 30
Checkers - 26
Bayreuther Scores Second Career Goal for Texas
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Justin Peters made the saves when needed and Gavin Bayreuther's late third-period goal gave the Texas Stars a chance, but the Charlotte Checkers closed out a 3-1 win on Sunday afternoon in front of 7,549 fans in attendance at Bojangle's Coliseum.
The Stars (32-36-1-4) and Checkers (39-29-5-0) split their four-game season series in the finish, and the home team won every game. Bayreuther drilled home his second career goal for the Stars with 1:07 left in regulation, but Connor Brickley's empty-net tally for Charlotte sealed the final result.
Texas returns home Wednesday to host the San Antonio Rampage at 7:30 p.m. CST.
After a scoreless first period, the Checkers scored a pair of second-period goals to take control of the game. Patrick Dwyer tapped in a loose puck that slipped behind Texas netminder Justin Peters at 7:51 to open up the scoring and Phil Di Giuseppe snapped home a power-play goal from the left circle with six minutes remaining.
Peters finished 27 of 29 in the losing effort for the Stars, who signed four players over the weekend from the ECHL to fill an injury-depleted lineup for their weekend set in Charlotte.
Texas finished 0-for-4 on the power play while Charlotte went 1-for-4.
1. McCollum (CHA)
2. Di Giuseppe (CHA)
3. Dwyer (CHA)
W - McCollum
L - Peters
Photo Credit: Charlotte Checkers