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Florida Panthers Prospects: Logan Hutsko leads Charlotte Checkers again



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Logan Hutsko had a goal and an assist as the Charlotte Checkers went 1-0-1 this past weekend against the visiting Hershey Bears. // Photo courtesy @CheckersHockey

For the first time in almost two years, the Charlotte Checkers took the ice at Bojangles Coliseum for a weekend set against the Hershey Bears. Logan Hutsko led the Florida Panthers prospects once again.

The Checkers came out of the series with three points in hand, giving them a 2-1-1 record to start their season.

Hutsko led the way for the second straight week, adding a goal and an assist to his season totals this week to give him five points — the most of any Panthers prospect on the team.

Seattle’s Alex True is the only Checker with more points than Hutsko, having seven through the first four games.

Aleksei Heponiemi also contributed to Charlotte’s success, scoring the game-tying goal in what was a 5-3 Checkers win on Friday.

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With two goals in four games, Florida’s 2017 second-round pick ranks second on the team in goals only behind True, who has four.

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Matt Kiersted had his first AHL action of the season after playing on the NHL roster for the first two games of the season, registering his first NHL point in game two. He scored an empty-net goal in the 5-3 victory on Friday night for the first AHL goal of his career.

The Checkers will be going on a three-game road trip this weekend, starting with a 7:10 p.m. puck drop on Friday as they take on the Providence Bruins.

They’ll work their way through New England, taking on the Hartford Wolfpack on Saturday at 7 p.m. and former affiliate the Springfield Thunderbirds on Sunday at 2:05.

Outside of Charlotte, Justin Suordif continues his stellar season with a two-assist effort this week.

Both assists came in a 7-4 losing effort to the Kamloops Blazers.

Sourdif’s Vancouver Giants split their two games this weekend, moving to 3-2-0 on the season while Sourdif’s five assists and seven points lead the team.

Meanwhile, in Colorado, Mike Benning continues his torrid scoring pace, scoring another goal for the University of Denver this weekend.

While the Pioneers dropped both of their games on their New England road trip – losing to both Providence and Boston College. His four goals are most by a defenseman on the team.

Games PlayedGoals Assists Points
C Justin Sourdif
(WHL, Vancouver Giants)
D Mike Benning
(NCAA, University of Denver)
C Aleksi Saarela
(NL, SCL Tigers)
C Mackie Samoskevich
(NCAA, University of Michigan)
D Carter Berger
(NCAA, University of Connecticut)
D Tyler Inamoto
(NCAA, University of Wisconsin)
C Owen Lindmark
(NCAA University of Wisconsin)
D Braden Hache
(OHL, Kingston Frontenacs)
D Cole Krygier
(NCAA, Michigan State University)
D Kasper Puutio
(Liiga, KalPa)
D Santtu Kinnunen
(Liiga, Tappara)
C Aleksi Heponiemi
(AHL, Charlotte Checkers)
LW Grigori Denisenko
(AHL, Charlotte Checkers)
D Max Gildon
(AHL Charlotte Checkers)
D Lucas Carlsson
(AHL, Charlotte Checkers)
RW Serron Noel
(AHL Charlotte Checkers)
C Logan Hutsko
(AHL, Charlotte Checkers)
D Matt Kiersted
(AHL, Charlotte Checkers)
RW Cole Schwindt
(AHL, Charlotte Checkers)
C Henry Bowlby
(AHL, Charlotte Checkers)
LW Maxim Mamin
(AHL, Charlotte Checkers)

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