CHARLOTTE, NC – There would be no repeat of a comeback as the Manitoba Moose did Saturday night, when a huge third period lifted them to overtime before they eventually lost 3-2. Sunday night, after coming out of the first period knotted at 1-1, the Charlotte Checkers pulled away to a 4-1 win at the Bojangles Coliseum before 5,849 fans.
Eric Comrie was making his 26th start and stopped 24 shots and sees his record fall 9-13-4 on the season.
The Moose were without two of there leaders as Patrice Cormier and JC Lipon were on there way back to Winnipeg after being recalled by the Winnipeg Jets who have some injuries up front.
Scott Kosmachuk showed a great burst of speed to break in on Checkers netminder Daniel Altshuller high up into the top corner for his 6th of the season. This was the lone bright spot other then some fantastic stops by Comrie as the Moose looked very sluggish and had no energy for the most of the game.
The Checkers got goals from David Wohlberg, Phil Di Giuseppe, Ethan Werek and Derek Ryan.
The Checkers Werek has a four-game goal scoring streak going.
The Moose could only muster 18 shots at the Checkers net and Altshuller made 17 stops and got his second straight win over the Moose as he got the win last night as well.
Charlotte has 3-1-0-0 record vs the Moose this season but will play four games in Manitoba at the MTS Centre to finish off the season series.
This game had its nasty moments as Andrew MacWilliam of the Moose and Brendan Woods squared off in the first period for a good tussle. Moose tough guy Darren Kramer who seemed to be the only Manitoba player who was engaged and ready to go all game was in a snarly mood and finished the contest with two scraps and 30 penalty minutes. Kramer dropped the mitts with Mike Cornell and Keegan Lowe. The league may hand down some fines as there was some nasty stuff at the final buzzer between these two clubs.
The Moose will continue their road trip to California for a six-game swing starting on Wednesday night vs Ontario Reign.
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