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Denisenko gives Checkers overtime win over Wolf Pack

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Florida Panthers prospect Grigori Denisenko tied the game in the third and then scored 1:52 into overtime to give the Charlotte Checkers a 2-1 win over the host Hartford Wolf Pack.

Fellow Cat Logan Hutsko pushed the puck up to Denisenko, who led a 3-on-1 break into the Hartford zone. The 21-year-old held on to the puck and decided to shoot and beat Francois Brassard for his ninth goal of the season.

Denisenko’s game-tying goal came with 9:32 left in regulation and was assisted by Max Zimmer.

Joey Daccord of the Seattle Kraken made 29 saves to get the win. The Checkers are now 16-12-2 and in the fifth place in the AHL’s Atlantic Division.

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