Late power play goals not enough for Monarchs

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(Manchester Monarchs promotional photo)

GLENS FALLS, N.Y. – The Manchester Monarchs lost again on Saturday night to the Adirondack Thunder by a score of 3-2, bringing their losing streak up to five games.

This contest had the tell-tale markings from most of Manchester’s previous four losses: their opponent scored first (Blake Thompson 57 seconds into the second period), they came close with late goals (Nic Pierog 14:05 into the third and David Kolomatis 16:27 into the third) and they outshot their opponent (41-33, including a 19-12 advantage in the scoreless first period.)

The only game in the five-game swoon where Manchester did not outshoot their opponent came during Friday’s loss to Adirondack, although Maine and Manchester each had 33 shots during their game on Thursday.

Another silver lining from Saturday’s contest came from the fact that both of Manchester’s goals came on the power play. Coming into the losing streak, the Monarchs were dead last in the ECHL on the power play, a fact that is no longer true thanks to the seven power play goals accumulated during that stretch. That figure more than doubled their seasonal tally up to that point.

The Monarchs now have just one game left in 2018, the traditional New Year’s Eve game at SNHU Arena. This year, Maine comes to town to celebrate calendar year’s conclusion, with puck drop scheduled for 6 p.m.