Monarchs Lose Third Straight This Weekend

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A faceoff on Nov. 19, 2017 (credit – Rich Tilton)

The Manchester Monarchs are set to take some time off and it looks like they’ll need it.

On Sunday afternoon, the Monarchs dropped their third game in as many days in Worcester, falling 4-1 to the Railers.

Manchester’s Zac Lynch opened the scoring, grabbing his third point this weekend and his second goal this year against Worcester.

However, just as in Friday’s contest in Manchester, the Railers turned the tide with an aggressive penalty kill.

Ashton Rome’s shorthanded goal at 9:47 in the second period was quickly followed by another shorthanded goal by Kellen Jones just a few minutes later, highlighting a period where Worcester outshot Manchester 27-to-6.

Kyle McKenzie added another goal near the middle of the third period and Matthew Gaudreau provided an empty netter to seal Worcester’s victory.

The game ended with another incident involving Worcester’s Yannick Turcotte, earning him a pro forma 10-minute game misconduct penalty.

Turcotte is now fourth in the ECHL with 73 penalty minutes in 11 games, with 34 of them coming in his four matchups against Manchester.

With the loss, Manchester (8-7-1-1) is now two points behind the Wheeling Nailers and Adirondack Thunder in the race for the top spot in the ECHL North Division.

This loss also marked a direct reversal of the three wins last weekend, marking the first three-game losing streak for Manchester since last March.

The Monarchs are back on the ice Wednesday, Nov. 22 (7:05 p.m.) when they travel to the Maverik Center to take on the Utah Grizzlies for the first time in franchise history.