Friday night held better ice at Bon Secours Wellness Arena, giving the Manchester Monarchs a chance to provide a strong end to yesterday’s suspended game before beginning the game scheduled for today.
Manchester lost 4-3 to the Greenville Swamp Rabbits in the previous game’s conclusion, with Alexx Privitera giving the Monarchs a power play goal just under a minute after the contest restarted.
The Monarchs outshot the Rabbits 9-2 in the dying embers of the renewed matchup, but Greenville’s Brandon Halverson shut the door on Manchester, completing the game with 37 saves.
While the Monarchs couldn’t pull out a victory in the conclusion of the suspended game, the lingering momentum bled into the regularly scheduled game, an 8-4 Manchester victory.
Allan McPherson added two goals for Greenville on top of the two he scored yesterday, with Caleb Hebert and Curt Gogol adding the other goals for the Swamp Rabbits.
Despite the near hat trick, McPherson remains just one point out of the league lead in points at 34, with Hebert retaining the lead thanks to his two-point evening.
Manchester got a pair of goals and three assists from Joel Lowry, with captain David Kolomatis also contributing a pair of goals.
Matt Buckles, Zac Lynch, and Spencer Watson contributed Manchester’s other goals while Matt Leitner ended the contest with five assists.
With the onslaught of goals on Friday night, Manchester now leads the league with 104 goals scored in 27 games, just ahead of Greenville’s 103 goals in 26 appearances.
Manchester (16-9-1-1) remains undefeated in the 14 contests where they’ve lead after two periods, and they’ll seek to build on that mark as they return north for their next game, a Dec. 20 showdown against the Adirondack Thunder in Glens Falls, NY.