MANCHESTER, N.H. – Decked out in special uniforms to honor breast cancer survivors, the Manchester Monarchs defeated the Central Division leading Cincinnati Cyclones, 4-3.
Although the Cyclones put up eight first period goals a night earlier in Maine, Manchester thanks to Tony Cameranesi’s wrap around goal. Cameranesi managed to slip past the glove side of Cincinnati goaltender Michael Houser, providing the Monarchs a lead just 1:44 into the contest.
Travis Walsh added another Monarchs goal off a deflected blue line shot just under three minutes later, but Myles Powell put Cincinnati on the board before the first intermission.
Alex Wideman evened this up for Cincinnati 13:47 into the second period. Cameranesi gave Manchester the lead on the faceoff immediately after Wideman’s goal before Cincinnati’s Eric Knodel scored immediately after Cameranesi’s goal to tie the game up yet again, with all three goals recorded in a span of just 18 seconds.
With just 1:55 left in regulation, Monarchs captain David Kolomatis provided the game-winning goal, his second game-winner in as many days.
With the win, Manchester (26-20-1-1) solidifies their hold over third place in the ECHL’s North Division, with 18 of those wins now coming after scoring first.
Cincinnati (31-9-3-3) could not gain on the Florida Everblades in the chase for the Brabham Cup.
The Monarchs return to the ice at SNHU Arena on Sunday with a 3 p.m. contest against the Greenville Swamp Rabbits.