MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Manchester Monarchs marched their way into the new month, with a 6-3 win over the Adirondack Thunder, Friday night at SNHU Arena.
The Monarchs (30-24-2-2) let up the first goal of the game, but rattled off three-straight goals in the first period to top the Thunder (30-19-5-2), 6-3.
The Thunder opened the scoring :21 seconds into the first period when Cullen Bradshaw scored his 11th goal of the season. Bradshaw collected the puck from Matt Salhany’s shot at the right circle and snuck a shot, through the pads of Monarchs goaltender Charles Williams, to make the score, 1-0.
The Monarchs tied the game at 5:46 of the first period when Sam Kurker netted his 12th goal of the season. Alex Rauter sent Kurker a pass out of the Monarchs zone where he carried the puck to the right circle for a wrist shot that went five-hole on Thunder goaltender Arthur Brey, to make the score, 1-1.
Kurker got the go-ahead goal for the Monarchs at 7:28 in the first period, for his second goal of the night and 13th of the season. Pavel Jenys sent a pass to Kurker behind the net where he brought the puck to the goal line and roofed a shot over the shoulder of Brey to make the score, 2-1.
The Monarchs extended their lead at 18:10 of the first period when Daniil Miromanov scored his eighth goal of the season. Miromanov redirected a shot by Kurker, at the top of the crease, past the pad of Brey, to make the score, 3-1.
The Thunder cut into the deficit with a goal at 2:53 of the second period by Jake Linehart, his fifth goal of the season. Jakob Reichert found Linehart in the high slot where he put a wrist shot past the glove of Williams, to make the score, 3-2.
The Monarchs regained a two-goal lead at 4:40 of the second period when David Kolomatis scored a power-play goal for his 13th tally of the season. Chris Carlisle passed the puck back to Kolomatis who sent a wrist shot, through the legs of Brey, to make the score, 4-2.
The Thunder came within a goal when Nikolas Olsson scored his second goal of the season at 15:35 of the second period. James Henry found Olsson inside the left circle where he beat Williams glove side, to make the score, 4-3.
The Monarchs once again took a two-goal lead for the third time of the game at 17:05 of the second period when Nic Pierog netted his 26th goal of the season. Jack Nevins threw the puck towards the net where Pierog redirected it top-shelf over the stick of Brey, to make the score, 5-3.
The Monarchs extended their lead when Kurker completed his hat trick at 11:43 of the third period, scoring his 14th goal of the season. Jenys found Kurker at the top of the paint where he had a wide-open net, to make the score, 6-3.
The Monarchs return to action Saturday, March 2 at 6 p.m., when they take on the Adirondack Thunder for Marvel Superhero Night at SNHU Arena. For tickets, Season Memberships and group tickets, please contact the Monarchs front office at 603-626-7825.
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