After the team had already fallen behind 3-0, Andrew Poturalski scored the lone goal for Charlotte, which missed an opportunity to sweep a two-game set against the Moose and improve to 4-0-0 in the overall season series. Michael Leighton made 27 saves for the Checkers, who continue their six-game road trip Tuesday in Chicago.
Charlotte, which ended its franchise-record, 12-game winless streak on the road with Friday’s overtime victory of the Moose, has now played 20 road games this season – more than any AHL team.
Manitoba scored twice more in the second, first on Brendan Lemieux’s power-play tally and again on Brandon Tanev’s shot that beat Leighton five-hole through traffic, putting Charlotte in a significant hole heading into the third. Poturalski gave the visitors the start they were hoping to get during that period as he fired a shot from the point that beat Ondrej Pavelec through traffic on the power play, but the Moose answered back on Scott Kosmachuk’s power-play goal to provide the final dagger.
After playing Chicago Tuesday, the Checkers will travel to Grand Rapids, back to Chicago and then to Milwaukee before beginning an eight-game home stand at Bojangles’ Coliseum on Jan. 13.