Monarchs lose in OT to IceCaps, 5-4

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Screenshot 2015-03-13 at 9.44.07 PMST. JOHN’S, NL – Former Monarchs defenseman Jordan Hill scored the game-winning goal in overtime as Manchester fell to the IceCaps at the Mile One Centre on Friday night, 5-4.

The loss was Manchester’s (37-15-6-2) sixth in 13 overtime games this season. They fell to 4-1-3-0 against St. John’s (29-26-6-2) this season.

The Monarchs never led in the game and scored tying goals on three different occasions. They scored three power-play goals (3-for-7).

Vincent LoVerde had a season-high three points (goal, 2 assists), including a game-tying goal in the second period. It was his most points in a game since also recording three points on Apr. 12, 2014 vs. POR (3 assists).

Jason Jaffray gave the IceCaps a 1-0 lead at 9:49 in the first period when he knocked in a rebound chance.

St. John’s took a 2-0 lead 3:55 into the second period when Scott Kosmachuk scored his 13th goal of the season.

Brian O’Neill’s 20th goal of the season cut the St. John’s lead to 2-1 at 12:36 in the second period. The goal came on the power play, O’Neill’s seventh power-play goal of the season.

LoVerde tied the score less than three minutes later when he also scored on the power play at 15:12 in the second. It was LoVerde’s eighth goal of the season overall and fourth on the man advantage.

The IceCaps regained the lead at 18:29 in the second when Ryan Olsen beat J.F. Berube with a shot from the right face-off dot.

Jordan Weal tied the score at 3-3 when he tallied a power-play goal at 2:45 in the third period. The goal was Weal’s eighth point in his last six games beginning on Mar. 1 (4 goals, 4 assists).

Jason Jaffray gave the IceCaps a 4-3 lead at 11:58 in the third period, but Ryan Horvat tied the score again at 14:06 when he tipped home a shot from the point.

Hill ended the game 1:17 into the extra frame with a shot from the low slot.

The Monarchs and IceCaps finish their three-game set with a 6 p.m. game tomorrow night. Manchester returns home on Mar. 21 with a 7 p.m. game against the IceCaps.


Notes:

  • Zach O’Brien was whistled for a minor penalty for the second straight game. He had not been called for a penalty all season prior to Wednesday.
  • Ryan Horvat fought Julian Melchiori while Paul Bissonnette simultaneously fought with Austen Brassard in the first period. Bissonnette and Brassard were issued 10-minute misconducts for a secondary altercation.
  • Brian O’Neill now has at least 20 goals in each of the last two seasons (26 goals in 2013-14). His goal tonight was the 50th goal of his pro career.
  • Tonight was O’Neill’s 17th multi-point game of the season (goal, 2 assists). He has at least one point in five of his last six games beginning on Mar. 1 with three goals and six assists in that time.
  • Patrik Bartosak replaced J.F. Berube at the start of the third period.

 

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