Scenes From A Midnight Hockey Game: Charlotte Checkers vs. Toledo Walleye
Last night the Charlotte Checkers hosted the first ever midnight hockey game in team history.
Okay, technically not midnight, but over 4,500 hockey fans were on hand to watch the first puck drop at 11:59 Thursday evening. Toledo opened the scoring a little over two minutes into the first period. That was all Toledo would need as they went on to beat the Checkers 7-0 in a game that ended sometime after 2:15 Friday morning. Evan Rankin led Toledo with five goals for the evening, while Maxime Tanguay led with four assists. Toledo goalie Jordan Pearce shut the door, making all 33 saves on the way to his second shutout of the season. Charlotte was never in this game, almost as if they were still in bed.
The game was a blowout, yet it couldn’t dampen the uniqueness of a game starting a minute before midnight. A few took advantage of the five dollar ticket by showing up in their pajamas. Alcohol sales were cut at 1 in the morning and the crowd, while boisterous for that hour of the morning, was never out of hand. The midnight hockey game should be considered a success, hopefully Charlotte hosts more at that hour.
Toledo Walleye 7 At Charlotte Checkers 0
Feb 18, 2010 – Time Warner Cable Arena
1st Period-1, Toledo, Rankin 22 (Tanguay, Smith), 2:35. 2, Toledo, Rankin 23 (Sawyer, Tanguay), 8:37. 3, Toledo, Nesbitt 11 (Piche, Keefe), 15:05. Penalties-Piche Tol (hooking), 15:27; Keefe Tol (roughing), 19:19; Piche Tol (high-sticking), 19:19; Stefanishion Chr (roughing), 19:19.
2nd Period-4, Toledo, Rankin 24 (Tanguay, Sawyer), 3:00. 5, Toledo, Charlebois 4 (Nesbitt, Piche), 6:00 (pp). 6, Toledo, Rankin 25 (Tremblay, MacMillan), 15:53. Penalties-Ward Chr (holding), 5:24; Keefe Tol (fighting – major), 9:15; Reynolds Chr (fighting – major), 9:15; Leveille Chr (hooking), 10:50; Brouillette Chr (tripping), 13:42; Leveille Chr (tripping), 19:53.
3rd Period-7, Toledo, Rankin 26 (Tanguay, Piche), 16:27. Penalties-Slattengren Chr (high-sticking), 3:05; Piche Tol (delay of game), 8:27; Zarb Tol (tripping), 9:36; Berube Chr (slashing ), 14:58; Nebus Tol (tripping), 15:41; Rankin Tol (high-sticking), 19:14; Reynolds Chr (slashing ), 19:14; Keefe Tol (spearing major, game misconduct – spearing), 20:00.
Shots on Goal-Toledo 9-15-14-38. Charlotte 13-6-14-33.
Power Play Opportunities-Toledo 1 of 6; Charlotte 0 of 5.
Goalies-Toledo, Pearce 10-12-1-0 (33 shots-33 saves). Charlotte, Munce 13-10-1-1 (38 shots-31 saves).
Referees-Steve Patafie (29).
Linesmen-Mathieu Chenier (71), Paul Reid (97).