ST. JOHNS, NEWFOUNDLAND – The Manchester Monarchs remain winless against the Newfoundland Growlers, losing 4-2 at Mile One Centre on Friday night.
Near the midway point of the second period, Newfoundland found itself with a two-goal lead, but that goal difference would be short-lived.
Quick goals from Sam Kurker and Bokondji Imama within the span of 42 seconds knotted up the contest at two apiece, and there it would stay until Zach O’Brien’s shot from the left circle put Newfoundland back into the lead 10:28 into the third period.
Scott Pooley added an empty-net goal at 18:39 in the third to complete the scoreline.
With the win, Newfoundland clinches the ECHL North Division title, as Adirondack supplants Manchester in second place with their 3-2 win over Brampton in other Friday action.
With that Brampton loss, Manchester (36-28-2-2) now has a magic number of six: any combination of six points or six dropped Brampton points will see the Monarchs through to the playoffs.
Manchester faces Newfoundland again on Saturday at Mile One Centre, with puck drop scheduled for 5:30 p.m.