CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Charlotte Checkers spoiled Nic Riopel's return to an Adirondack uniform, beating the Phantoms 2-1 in front of a crowd of 3,718 at the Time Warner Cable Arena on Monday night.
The Checkers, formerly the Albany River Rats, are 12-2 against the Phantoms the last two seasons and have won both meetings this year. The teams meet here again Friday.
Riopel, who was recalled from Greenville in the ECHL earlier Wednesday, started his first game in an Adirondack uniform since Dec. 13, 2009. He stopped 24 of 26 shots and was named the game's second star.
Andrew Rowe gave the Phantoms (3-13-1-0) a 1-0 lead 9:23 into the second period. Rowe put back a rebound on a shot from defenseman Cullen Eddy, who was also recalled from Greenville.
The lead was short-lived.
Charlotte (9-7-1-2) tied it less than two minutes later on a goal by Bobby Sanguinetti. His shot from the blue line may have deflected off a Phantom in front and beat Riopel. Four minutes later, Drayson Bowman scored the eventual-game winner.
All of the game's scoring came in the second period.
The Phantoms dominated the first period, outshooting the Checkers 11-3. But they went 0 for 3 on the power play, including a nearly two-minute, 5-on-3 advantage.
After a fourth straight Phantoms power play to begin the second period, the Checkers had the next seven chances on the man advantage. The Checkers had five power-play chances in the third to stymie the Phantoms' chances of a comeback. The Phantoms were outshot 23-13 over the last two periods.
Adirondack lost for the 12th time in its last 13 games. The Phantoms have won just twice since Oct. 15 and are 1-3 under interim coach John Paddock.
The call-up for Riopel is expected to be brief.
The Phantoms are on a three-game southern swing that takes them close to Greenville, S.C., where he's posted a 6-2-1 record and a 2.67 goals-against-average with the Road Warriors and was recently named the ECHL's Goalie of the Week.
Riopel was 4-6 with the Phantoms last season, posting a 3.35 goals-against-average before returning to his junior team. This year, he was sent to to the ECHL following training camp.
Eddy had one goal and two assists in eight games and was plus-5.
Adirondack (3-13-1-0) 0 1 0 - 1
Charlotte (9-7-1-2) 0 2 0 - 2
First period - None. Penalties - Clackson, Adk (fighting), 2:41; Blanchard, Cha (fighting), 2:41; Dalpe, Cha (hooking), 12:57; Sanguinetti, Cha (tripping), 17:05; FitzGerald, Cha (hooking), 17:26; Rodney. Cha (hooking), 19:30.
Second period - 1, Adirondack, Rowe 5 (Eddy, Laliberte), 9:23; 2, Charlotte, Sanguinetti 1 (Chaput), 10:53; 3, Charlotte, Bowman 2 (Boychuk), 14:59. Penalties - Lehtivuori, Adk (interference), 11:25; Testwuide, Adk (roughing, fighting), 15:33; FitzGerald, Cha (fighting), 15:33; Laliberte, Adk (hooking), 17:14.
Third period - None. Penalties - Lehtivuori, Adk (tripping), 2:00; Rinaldo, Adk (elbowing, roughing), 6:48; Eddy, Adk (fighting), 11:27; Herauf, Cha (fighting), 11:27; Legein, Adk (boarding), 16:29; Marshall, Adk (roughing), 17:42; Samson, Cha (roughing), 17:42.
Shots on goal - Adirondack 11-5-8-24; Charlotte 3-13-10-26.
Power-play opportunities - Adirondack 0-4; Charlotte 0-27.
Goalies - Adirondack, Riopel 0-1-0 (26 shots-24 saves); Charlotte, Pogge 5-4-0 (24 shots-23 saves).
Referee - Croft.
A - 3,718.