Monarchs Can’t Finish Late Comeback

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Joel Lowry (left, in white) on Nov. 18, 2017 (credit – Brian Fluharty)

This is turning out to be a weekend to forget for the Manchester Monarchs.

Following their home loss to Worcester on Friday night, the Monarchs fell to the visiting Adirondack Thunder on Saturday night, 5-4.

Neither team could get on the board in the first period, but Adirondack needed only 45 seconds in the second period to strike first, with Desmond Bergin’s slapshot found the back of the net to give him his third goal of the year.

Matt Leitner and Joel Lowry assisted on a pair of goals following Bergin’s strike, first to Zac Lynch and then to Monarchs newcomer Tommy Kelley.

However, before the end of the period, the Thunder would respond with a pair of power play goals. The first was from Kevin Lough just a minute after Kelley’s score, with Dylan Olsen adding his tally just under three minutes later.

Ty Loney gave the Thunder a 4-2 lead seconds into the third period, but the Monarchs were not done.

Matt Schmalz brought the contest back within a goal with his scoring contribution at 8:01 in the third, followed by Joel Lowry’s sixth goal of the year 98 seconds later.

The score would remain tied for several more minutes until Brian Ward caught Monarchs goalkeeper Evan Cowley out of position for what ultimately would be the winning goal.

Manchester (8=6=1=1) will head south of the border to face the Worcester Railers (6-6-1-0) at DCU Center on Sunday. The puck is scheduled to drop at 3:05 p.m.