The Charlotte Checkers held one-goal leads two times Saturday night at Bojangles’ Coliseum, but the Milwaukee Admirals were persistent.
Stefan Elliott and and Adam Payerl each scored twice and Milwaukee put up the final three goals to skate off with a 6-3 American Hockey League victory.
“It was not pretty to say the least,” Charlotte coach Mark Morris said of his team’s performance. “I thought that we were out of sorts from the get-go. I didn’t feel it and I didn’t see it. That was a very poor effort on our part.”
Things came unglued during the second period when the Admirals scored on four of their six shots on goal against John Muser and Daniel Altshuller.
“I didn’t like their goals,” Morris said. “I thought that they deflated our efforts. … We needed a couple of saves and we didn’t get them.”
Body Sutter gave Charlotte 1-0 and 2-1 leads, and Justin Shugg had the Checkers even at 3 midway through the second period. From there, however, it was all Milwaukee.
It will be a quick turnaround for the Checkers. They will square off again with the Admirals at noon Sunday for their home finale. With the race for the final playoff spot growing more intense, Charlotte will need to regroup and find a way to win again.
“We’re going to have to bury that one and try to think about how we’re going to rebound here now,” Morris said. “We’re going to have to try to generate some chemistry and shore up the back end too. We’ll continue to see what we can do to find guys that are thinking alike and can play hard for each other.”