Monarchs Break Losing Streak in Utah

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The Manchester Monarchs needed a new time zone to break their four-game losing streak, defeating the Utah Grizzlies on Wednesday night, 2-1.

Manchester’s Sam Kurker opened scoring with his sixth goal of the year, giving the Monarchs a lead they’d hold until late in the second period.

There, Erik Higby evened up the contest, capitalizing near the end of Colton Saucerman’s second penalty of the night.

Both teams combined for only 14 shots for the rest of regulation and a deadlocked overtime period.

In Manchester’s second shootout of the year, Monarchs goalkeeper Charles Williams stopped all three Utah skaters, making Spencer Watson’s goal the deciding moment in the contest.

Watson joined the team earlier in the day, demoted from the AHL Ontario Reign.

Watson, 21, comes to the Monarchs after playing eight games this season with the Reign where he did not score a point.

His shootout goal gave Manchester (9-7-1-1) their first shootout victory of the season, and their first since Jan. 27, 2017 against Norfolk.

The two teams meat again at the Maverik Center on Friday night, with a scheduled puck drop of 7:05 MST.