Icemen and Monarchs Trade Flurry of Goals

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Zac Lynch. (photo credit – Rich Tilton)

The goals came in rapid succession on Wednesday night as the beginning of the Manchester Monarchs’ 21-day road trip coincided with the end of their seven-game winning streak, snapped through a 6-5 loss to the Jacksonville Icemen.

Spencer Watson got Manchester on the board just 48 seconds into the contest, but that lead wouldn’t last for long.

Twenty seconds into their first power play of the evening, a one-timer from Jacksonville’s Alexandre Goulet tied up the contest, with the Icemen adding two more goals in the next two minutes.

Christopher Dienes added an unassisted score only three minutes after that for the Icemen on what was just their sixth shot of the period, chasing Manchester netminder Charles Williams from the contest.

The two teams traded goals in the second period, with Jacksonville’s Jimmy Lodge capitalizing on a rebound 65 seconds into the third period to give Jacksonville their sixth goal of the night.

Jordan LaVallee Smotherman’s power play goal just over a minute later sparked another goal-scoring flurry, with Manchester echoing Jacksonville’s early barrage, adding another two goals over the next two minutes.

However, that would be final goal of the contest, concluding the unexpected loss to the Eastern Conference’s worst team.

Manchester (15-8-1-1) will look to bounce back on Thursday night with the beginning of a two-game set in South Carolina against the Greenville Swamp Rabbits.