The result marked the Checkers’ first regulation losing streak of the season, with this game coming on the heels of a 2-1 loss in Providence one day earlier. Patrick Brown, Nick Schilkey and Julien Gauthier all had first-period goals for Charlotte, which led the Wolf Pack 3-2 after a frantic opening frame only to allow Hartford to score the next three.
The Checkers’ three-games-in-three days road trip now moves back to Providence, where the teams will meet at 3 p.m. on Sunday.
In both of the Checkers’ losses this weekend, they led after the first period and were tied after two. They fell to 5-3-1 when leading after the first period this season … Brown’s sixth goal of the season put him just one shy of his total from all of last season (68 games). He has nine points (5g, 4a) in his last nine games … Roland McKeown’s assist gave him five points (1g, 4a) in his last five outings … Jake Bean extended his career-long point streak to five games (1g, 4a) … Just one of the game’s eight goals came on the power play … Defensemen Josiah Didier and Michal Cajkovsky missed the game due to injury … Forward Zack Stortini was a healthy extra.
The Checkers' vice president of communications, Paul Branecky has been covering hockey in North Carolina since 2006, including five seasons with the Carolina Hurricanes.