Charlotte Checkers

Checkers lose first game in Manitoba

The Charlotte Checkers lost their third straight game and 13th in their past 14 games on Saturday, 7-2 to the Moose.

The Checkers outshot the Moose 33-28 at MTS Centre but Eric Comrie made 31 saves for the win.

Derek Ryan and Brendan Woods scored for the Checkers.

For the Moose, Austen Brassard scored twice and Thomas Raffl, Ryan Olsen, John Albert, Patrice Cormier and JC Lipon scored once.

The game was the Checkers’ first in Manitoba.

In an otherwise competitive game, the Manitoba Moose were able to capitalize by scoring multiple goals in three separate short bursts, one in each period. The Moose led 2-1 after the first period and 4-1 after the second.

Drew MacIntyre stopped nine of 13 shots before making way for Daniel Altshuller, who went on to stop 12 of 15, in the second period.

Sunday’s rematch concluded a six-game road swing for the Checkers, who will play six games in 10 days at Bojangles’ Coliseum starting Friday.

Notebook

Seven goals was the second-highest total the Checkers have allowed this season (nine against Chicago on Oct. 17) … Charlotte missed an opportunity to reclaim a playoff spot, something they could have done with a win and a later game between San Diego and San Jose ending in regulation. ... The Checkers have lost eight of their last nine games in Canada and have an all-time record of 4-9-0 north of the border. This was their first game in Canada since visiting Hamilton on Feb. 28 of last season … Ryan has three goals in five games vs. Manitoba … Defenseman Danny Biega missed his 22nd consecutive game due to injury.

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