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Charlotte, N.C. – Forward T.J. Hensick scored twice and forwards Michael Mersch (two assists) and Teddy Purcell (goal, assist) each recorded multi-point games, but Ontario Reign (30-18-9-0) fell to the Charlotte Checkers (29-27-4-0) 5-3 at Bojangles’ Coliseum Friday night.
The Checkers opened the scoring late in the first as forward Andrew Poturalski converted on a 2-on-1 power-play feed from Patrick Dwyer to beat Reign netminder Jack Campbell (L, 34 saves on 38 shots) over the blocker at 15:43. Reign forward T.J. Hensick responded with 29.9 second left in the frame, taking a Vincent LoVerde bid around the net and inside the near post of Checkers keeper Tom McCollum (W, 22 saves on 25 shots).
In the second period, the Checkers pulled away with a pair of tallies in the first 10 minutes. Forward Brendan Woods smacked in a loose puck at 5:08 and forward Connor Brickley slipped in a drive over the glove of Campbell from the left-wing circle at 9:09. Forward Teddy Purcell patiently pulled the Reign back within a tally at 15:11, catching a pass from forward Michael Mersch, skating across the crease and lifting the puck over a fallen McCollum.
Hensick tied the contest early in the third period, ripping in his 15 marker of the season and second of the game off the power play at 4:15. Brickley pushed the Checkers back up, 4-3, at 12:15 and forward Lucas Wallmark sealed the victory with an empty-net goal and his team-leading 22 of the season at 19:29.
The Reign finished the contest 1-for-1 on the power play while the Checkers went 1-for-7.
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