Charlotte loses again, 5-2

CHARLOTTE, NC – Having snapped the five game losing streak on Friday the Checkers fell to a very good Milwaukee Admiral team 5-2. Milwaukee came out firing on all cylinders and went 2-0 up within seven minutes of the start.
Patrick Cehlin and Gabriel Bourque did the damage for the Admirals before Michal Jordan scored his first goal in 46 games for Charlotte. The first period ended with Milwaukee leading 2-1, they were firmly in the driving seat.
“Very (disappointing),” said coach Jeff Daniels. “Right from the get-go they came at us hard, and we spent the first 13 minutes in our own end. Everybody’s got to be better, and I’ve got to be better.”
The second period was not even two minutes old when Mark Van Guilder picked up a rebound from a Ryan Ellis shot and scored. Before the second period ended the Admirals went further ahead through rookie Austin Watson. Cam Reid had sent a difficult pass to Watson, who controlled it and beat Dan Ellis in the Checkers goal. Ellis stopped 26 of 31 shots.
“We’re saying all the right things, but at the end of the day, talk is cheap,” said Brent Sutter, the team’s captain. “It’s a matter of doing, and we’ve got to work a lot harder than we are right now”
Bourque scored number five with a goal midway through the third period. The Admirals Michael Latta had his shot rebound out to Bourque who scored his second of the afternoon.
“Over the last two weeks we haven’t been good as a team, and we wanted to switch things up to get some momentum going,” said Daniels of his decision to turn to Ellis instead of Justin Peters, who skipped his expected turn in the rotation. “It wasn’t meant to be.”
Captain Brett Sutter then made the score 5-2 with his third goal in four games. A disappointing game for the team especially when they looked so good on Friday then two days later they fell back again. Charlotte are now 4-11-0 in their last 15 home games going back to last season.
“You end the first period up 2-1 and we had a good shift to start the second, but then the first chance goes the other way and it’s in the net,” said Daniels. “You can see from the way we react to goals that we’re a fragile team right now, and we’ve got to get that confidence back.”
“We saw what we did on Friday,” said Sutter, who shook off the notion that his team was back to square one. “When we play with speed, courage and intensity, we’re a tough team to beat.”
On Tuesday Charlotte face Milwaukee again still looking for some consistency at home. Remember, the Checkers began the season 9-2-2 on the road, where they were playing with flair and enthusiasm. Coach Daniels will be looking to get the ship upright once again, which may not be an easy thing to do. Follow us on twitter @prohockeynews

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