GLENS FALLS, N.Y. – The Manchester Monarchs fell to the Adirondack Thunder, 4-2, in the final game of a three-game road trip Tuesday night at the Glens Falls Civic Center.
With the loss, the Monarchs (11-7-1-1) dropped their first game of the season to the Thunder (11-3-1-3) in Glens Falls.
The Monarchs got on the board first when Jordan LaVallee-Smotherman scored his 4th goal of the season at 5:54 of the first period. LaVallee-Smotherman took a drop pass in the slot from Matt Leitner from below the goal line, and beat Thunder goaltender, Mason McDonald, high blocker for the early Monarchs lead.
Adirondack would tie things up on a similar goal, when Ty Loney netted his 9th goal of the season at 16:19 of the opening period. Loney took a pass from behind the net from Dennis Kravchenko and beat Monarchs goaltender, Sam Brittain, high glove, tying the game at 1-1.
The Monarchs regained the lead when Joey Diamond scored his 9th goal of the season at 11:28 of the second period. Diamond threw the puck towards the cage from the right corner, but McDonald couldn’t handle the shot, letting the puck trickle through his arm and body, giving the Monarchs the 2-1 lead.
James Henry brought the Thunder back to even when he scored his 2nd goal of the year at 14:38 of the middle frame. While shorthanded, Henry skated in alone on goal after a miscue at the Monarchs attacking blue line, fired an initial shot that Brittain stopped with a pad save, but the rebound fell right to the stick of Henry who had nothing but twine to shoot at to tie the game, 2-2.
Adirondack took its first lead of the game when Brett Pollock scored his 2nd goal of the season at 12:57 of the final frame. Greg Wolfe dashed down the right wing towards the Monarchs goal, lured two defenders towards him and slid a pass to Pollock who buried the puck past a down-and out Brittain to make the score, 3-2, Thunder.
Peter MacArthur sealed the deal for Adirondack when he scored an empty-net-goal at 18:12 of the period.
The Monarchs are back in action Saturday night (6 p.m.), when they host the Kalamazoo Wings for the first time in franchise history to begin a two-game weekend series.
The Monarchs entered the 3rd period tied for the first time this season
Matt Leitner recorded his 10th assist of the season
Leitner has now recorded seven of his 12 points against the Thunder
Photo Credit: Andrew Camp
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