Monarchs lose in overtime

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MANCHESTER, NH – The Newfoundland Growlers made the most of an early lead, earning a 4-3 overtime victory over the Manchester Monarchs on Friday night.

Newfoundland took two early goals, the first coming off a Evan Neugold shot that deflected off teammate Josh Kestner just 2:06 into the first period.

The second came approximately two minutes later, this time with another Neugold shot that found its way directly into the net.

Manchester kept the Growlers off the board for the rest of the period despite a trio of Newfoundland power plays and they would respond after the intermission.

There, Nic Pierog landed his fifth goal of the year, a gritty effort forcing in the puck within the heart of the crease. Newfoundland’s advantage remained at just a goal until Brady Ferguson found his second point of the night, setting up camp and putting in a rebound right post for his fifth goal of the year.

Monarchs captain David Kolomatis brought that deficit back down to one with a lazer from the left faceoff circle just over eight minutes into the third period, deflecting off Matt Marcinew’s stick into the net.

Spencer Watson levelled things up with 6:45 left in regulation and there it would remain until Josh Kestner trickled home the game winner in the overtime period.

Friday’s contest marked the Manchester debut for netminder Brandon Wildung, joining the team earlier in the day after Charles Williams left on Thursday for an AHL stint in Ontario.

Wildung stopped 25 shots on net while Newfoundland goaltender Michael Garteig stopped 30 shots en route to his second victory against the Monarchs so far this season.

The Monarchs return to the ice at 6 p.m. on Saturday to face off against the Reading Royals.

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Andrew Sylvia

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Born and raised in the Granite State, Andrew Sylvia has written approximately 10,000 pieces over his career for outlets across Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. On top of that, he's a licensed notary and licensed to sell property, casualty and life insurance, he's been a USSF trained youth soccer and futsal referee for the past six years and he can name over 60 national flags in under 60 seconds according to that flag game app he has on his phone, which makes sense because he also has a bachelor's degree in geography (like Michael Jordan). He can also type over 100 words a minute on a good day.