CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Charlotte Checkers dropped Game 3 of their division semifinal series against Bridgeport on Saturday.
The Checkers still own a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series.
Charlotte will host Game 4 on Monday night at Bojangles Coliseum with a chance to advance.
Aleksi Heponiemi scored the first goal of the game, giving Charlotte a 1-0 advantage in the second period.
But Chris Terry soon answered for the Islanders, who scored twice more for a 3-2 win.
“It was a playoff game and we came up on the short end of the stick," Checkers coach Geordie Kinnear said. "It was a good hockey game. We made two mistakes that we don’t like, and they made no mistakes on their opportunities.”
Game 4 is Monday at 7 p.m.