Lowry, LaVallee-Smotherman Power Monarchs to 5-2 Win

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Manchester’s Joel Lowry on Oct. 20 (credit: Andrew Camp)

After a lack of scoring in their home opener, the Manchester Monarchs regained their offensive touch on Friday night, defeating the visiting Greenville Swamp Rabbits, 5-2.

Jordan LaVallee-Smotherman scored two first period goals, both assisted by Matt Leitner and Eric Schurhamer.

Tony Turgeon added an early second period goal shortly after losing Colton Saucerman to the penalty box and Joel Lowry would add another shorthander after a power play goal at the 10:47 mark in the third period.

An optimist can note that Lowry’s power play goal was the Monarchs’ first since Oct. 17 against Brampton, but a pessimist can note that the Monarchs had seven fruitless power play opportunities on the night, putting them at just a 10.8 percent power play success rate so far on the year, second worst in the ECHL’s North Division.

On top of that, Greenville came into the night with the league’s worst penalty-killing unit, allowing nine power play goals before Friday night’s contest.

While the power play remains  a weakness, getting opportunities on net remains a strength for Manchester, outshooting Greenville 48-34, continuing their six-game shots on goal advantage streak.

Charles Williams earned his third win of the year in net for the Monarchs, with only goals from Caleb Herbert and Sergey Zborovskiy separating him from getting his first shutout since joining Manchester last March.

Manchester (3-2-0-1) and Greenville (1-3-1-0) meet again this evening at the SNHU for a 6 p.m. contest. From there, the Monarchs travel to Norfolk for a three-game set against the Norfolk Admirals, beginning with a 7 p.m. puck drop on Wednesday.

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Andrew Sylvia

Assistant EditorManchester Ink Link

Born and raised in the Granite State, Andrew Sylvia has written approximately 10,000 pieces over his career for outlets across Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. On top of that, he's a licensed notary and licensed to sell property, casualty and life insurance, he's been a USSF trained youth soccer and futsal referee for the past six years and he can name over 60 national flags in under 60 seconds according to that flag game app he has on his phone, which makes sense because he also has a bachelor's degree in geography (like Michael Jordan). He can also type over 100 words a minute on a good day.