In the first of three games in three different cities over three nights, the Checkers couldn’t keep up with the Providence Bruins, falling 6-3.
Charlotte’s offensive struggles continued as they fell into a 2-0 hole to Providence midway through regulation, but a sneaky backhander from Josiah Didier in the waning minutes put the visitors on the board heading into the second intermission.
The Checkers kept that momentum rolling in the third, with Trevor Carrick ripping a wrister from the left circle to knot the score at two less than five minutes into the frame. Things would swing the other way as the period wore on, however, starting with a go-ahead tally from Josh Hennessy minute later.
The Bruins would then pile on with two quick strikes following that to regain their two-goal advantage. Sergey Tolchinsky would give the Checkers some life with a marker in the final five minutes of play, but an empty netter quickly followed, clinching Providence’s lopsided victory.
The Checkers are now 2-8-2 in their last 12 road games … Tonight was the fifth time that the Checkers have allowed six goals this season but only the third time in the last 10 games they’ve allowed more than two … The Checkers have failed to score a power-play goal in six consecutive games, going 0-18 on the man advantage … Tonight snapped an eight-game streak of not allowing a power-play goal for Charlotte … Providence’s 42 shots on goal were three shy of the most allowed by the Checkers this season … Defensemen have score five of Charlotte’s last eight goals … Clark Bishop recorded his third multi-assist game of the season … Greg McKegg picked up an assist in his Checkers debut … Marcus Kruger, Andrew Miller and Jake Chelios all missed the game due to injury … Tyler Ganly, Mike Ferrantino and Zack Stortini served as healthy extras
The Checkers’ three-in-three weekend continues tomorrow in Springfield.
Director of Communications Nicholas Niedzielski joined the Checkers in the summer of 2014. A Texas native, he previously worked for the AHL's Texas Stars.