MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Manchester Monarchs scored less than a minute into overtime and clinched their first victory on the weekend over the Wheeling Nailers, 4-3.
The Monarchs (25-20-1-1) took care of business on home ice and improved their record out of the division to 6-0-0-0 on the season with their win over the Nailers (20-21-5-1).
The Monarchs scored the first goal of the game at 6:47 of the first period. David Kolomatis held the puck at the point before passing it cross-ice to Nic Pierog, where he sent the puck over the shoulder of Nailers goaltender, Matt O’Connor, to net his 20th of the season and give the Monarchs a 1-0 lead.
Dane Birks tied the game with a shot from the blue line at 3:54 in the second period on his first goal of the season, slipping a shot past Monarchs goaltender, Charles Williams, tying the game, 1-1.
Pierog scored his second of the game and 21st of the season at 12:55 of the second period. Off another pass by Kolomatis, Chris Carlisle shot the puck from the top of the faceoff circle and Pierog caught a piece of the puck to tip it past O’Connor, to give the Monarchs a 2-1 lead.
The Nailers quickly responded with a power-play goal at 16:48 of the second period when Zac Lynch scored his 11th goal of the season. Lynch set up in front of the net and tipped a shot, past Williams, to make the score, 2-2.
The Monarchs regained the lead at 19:32 of the second period on Spencer Watson’s 18th goal of the season. Tony Cameranesi carried the puck into the offensive zone and sent a cross-ice pass to Watson, who deked past O’Connor, and slid a shot past him, to make the score, 3-2.
Troy Josephs scored the third game-tying goal at 12:06 in the third period, when he redirected a pass from Robbie Hall, through the legs of Williams, making the score, 3-3.
David Kolomatis ended the game, just :56 seconds into overtime with his ninth goal of the season. While on the power play, Kolomatis found room in the slot and let a wrister go, just above the hashmarks, beating O’Connor to give the Monarchs a 4-3 victory.
The Monarchs return to action Saturday, February 9 at 6 p.m., when they take on the Cincinnati Cyclones for Pink in the Rink 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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