MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Manchester Monarchs dropped their third straight game, 5-2, against the Maine Mariners, Saturday night at SNHU arena.
The Monarchs (8-9-1-1), despite a comeback attempt late in the third period, could not overcome the Maine Mariners (10-7-1-1) who won the game, 5-2.
The Mariners scored early at 2:28 of the first, when Michael McNicholas scored his fourth of the season. McNicholas, after receiving the pass to the bottom of the face-off circle, wristed the shot off the cross-bar, over Monarchs goaltender, Cole Kehler, making the score 1-0.
The Mariners increased their lead at 18:16 of the first period, when Alex Kile scored his ninth of the season, picking up a rebound in front of the net and firing the puck over the shoulder of Kehler, making the score 2-0.
The Mariners scored again at 18:50 of the first, when Morgan Adams-Moisan scored his third of the season, finding the rebound in front of Kehler and pushing the puck past Kehler’s leg, bringing the score to 3-0.
After a scoreless second period, the Mariners continued to dominate the scoreboard when Adams-Moisan scored his fourth of the season and second of the night, at 10:14 of the third. The Monarchs turned the puck over in the right circle, where Adams-Moisan skated into the slot and wristed a shot past Kehler, to make the score, 4-0.
The Monarchs got on the board at 11:37 of the third period when Cory Ward, scoring his third goal of the season, when he received a pass from David Kolomatis in the slot, and beat Mariner’s goaltender Connor LaCouvee, bringing the score to 4-1.
The Monarchs scored again at 15:31 of the third period when Kolomatis scored a shorthanded goal, his second of the year, sneaking the puck past LaCouvee after a deke and drop-pass by Marcinew, making the score 4-2.
The Monarchs, on a power play, pulled Kehler to gain the extra attacker, but Kile was able to score his second of the night, tenth of the season, at 16:53 of the third, scoring the game winner, empty-net goal, bringing the final score to 5-2.
The Monarchs return to action Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m., when they take on the Norfolk Admirals at Scope Arena. For tickets, Season Memberships and group tickets, please contact the Monarchs front office at 603-626-7825.
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Photo Credit: Rich Miyara