Manchester Monarchs close season with 5-1 loss to Providence Bruins

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Oh well. Shake it off, fans. We're looking ahead to the Calder Cup!
Oh well. Shake it off, fans. We\’re looking ahead to the Calder Cup!

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Monarchs surrendered the first four goals of the game and dropped the regular-season finale in Providence Sunday, 5-1. The loss snapped a nine-game point streak.

Manchester (50-16-6-3) finished the regular with a 50-17-6-3 record and 109 points, their third-most points ever in a single season. The Monarchs went 6-5-1-0 against Providence (40-26-7-2) in the regular season.

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Sean Backman scored the Monarchs’ lone goal Sunday, his second point in as many games after picking up an assist last night.

The Bruins took an early 2-0 lead, scoring twice in just over 30 seconds in the first period. Cory Kane put Providence on the board at 2:30 and Tyler Randell doubled the lead at 3:07.

Rob Flick extended Providence’s lead to 3-0 when he scored on a rebound opportunity at 16:41 in the first. It was his 19th goal of the season and came on the power play.

Colin Stewart took a pass from Frank Vatrano on a two-on-one and scored to make it 4-0 Bruins at 1:29 in the third.

Backman put the Monarchs on the board at 13:58 in the third period when he deflected a shot from Brian O’Neill in front of Malcolm Subban. It was his 19th goal of the year.

Ethan Werek scored the final goal of the game for Providence at 15:24 in the third period.

The Monarchs will face Portland in the first round of the Calder Cup Playoffs after the Pirates earned a 5-4 come-from-behind victory at Worcester today.

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  • The Monarchs finished the regular season with 176 goals allowed, tying the franchise record for fewest goals allowed in a single season (also, 2004-05).
  • Jordan Weal (assist) extended his point streak to five straight games beginning on Apr. 3. He has two goals and five assists in that span.
  • Manchester went 20-10-5-3 in road games this season versus 30-7-1-0 at home.
  • The Kings announced today that Nick Shore has been assigned to Manchester.

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