Press release provided by Charlotte Checkers.
PROVIDENCE, RI - The first game of Charlotte’s playoff run was a wild one, with the Checkers notching a thrilling 5-4 win in Providence.
Things started out strong for the visitors, as Morgan Geekie lit the lamp twice in the first four minutes of play. The Bruins wouldn’t roll over, however, punching back with three straight tallies to grab themselves the lead before the first buzzer.
The Checkers took back the momentum in the middle frame, with Tomas Jurco chipping in a power-play strike to even the score early and then Julien Gauthier storming the crease to push the back-and-forth contest back in Charlotte’s favor.
The game’s rollercoaster trend continued even into the third, as the Bruins once again drew the score even following a disallowed goal by Charlotte. The Checkers would again bounce back just seconds later, however, with Bobby Sanguinetti launching a puck from the right boards that found its way into the back of the net and put the visitors back on top heading into the home stretch.
The Bruins would push back, outshooting Charlotte 10-6 during the final frame, but couldn’t solve Alex Nedeljkovic, who finished the night with 23 saves and picked up the win to give the Checkers a 1-0 lead in the first-round series.