It looked like the Manitoba Moose were making a game of it, but a third period collapse let Charlotte walk away with a 6-2 win.
After going down 3-0 in the second, Ben Walker and Scott Kosmachuk scored to make it 3-2 heading into the third. The Checkers scored 3 unanswered goals to run away with the victory.
Eric Comrie and Connor Hellebuyck split the loss, combining for 20 saves between them.
The Moose get another crack at Charlotte when they host them for a rematch on Monday night.