While the clubs stayed tied for most of the game, a late penalty gave way to the Bruins handing Charlotte its third road loss of the season by a 2-1 score.
The Checkers took an early lead in the first period thanks to an Andrew Poturalski blast off a slick feed from Greg McKegg, only to be scoreless throughout the next two frames. Providence evened the score in the middle frame and then, despite immense pressure by the visitors in Bruins territory down the stretch, it was Peter Cehlarik who capitalized on a man advantage in the final five minutes of regulation to give his team the 2-1 win.
Charlotte peppered Providence goalie Zane McIntyre with 26 shots but were only able to put one on the board. Veteran Scott Darling, who cleared waivers and was assigned to the Checkers earlier today, recorded 21 saves for the night as he took his place between the pipes for the second time this season for Charlotte.
Andrew Poturalski is the second Checkers player this season to hit the 20-point mark … Tonight’s loss snapped a three-game winning streak for Charlotte … The Checkers have now dropped the first leg of both of their three-in-three series this season ... The Checkers were held scoreless on the power play for just the second time in their last seven games … The Checkers will finish the month of November with an 8-4-1 record … Tonight was just the second regulation loss by the Checkers this season when leading after the first and the second in games decided by one goal … Tonight marked Trevor Carrick’s 300th as a pro … Tonight was Aleksi Saarela’s 100th AHL game … Tonight was Greg McKegg’s 400th pro game … Andrew Poturalski’s first-period goal was his 50th as a pro … Spencer Smallman and Josiah Didier missed the game with injury … Zack Stortini and Callum Booth served as healthy extras
The Checkers take on the Hartford Wolf Pack at 7:05 p.m. tomorrow night for the first time this season in the second game of their three-in-three series.