It might not have been a stereotypical victory for this year’s Monarchs squad, but it was a victory nonetheless.
On Saturday night, the Manchester Monarchs won their second game in as many days, defeating the Worcester Railers, 6-3.
Unlike every other game the Monarchs played in so far this season, Manchester was outshot, 40-27. And unlike many of their early games this season, they excelled on the power play, capitalizing on a game misconduct penalty by Worcester’s Woody Hudson.
Hudson’s penalty came just under seven minutes into the contest and Kevin Morris made the Railers pay two minutes and two seconds later, tipping a Tony Cameranesi shot into the five hole of Worcester goaltender Mitch Gillam.
Cameranesi added another power play goal before the first intermission, but the Monarchs weren’t done.
Morris added two more goals in the second period to record the first hat trick of his career, including a second power play goal of the night just before the second intermission.
Michael Doherty added a fast break score and Jordan Lavallee-Smotherman concluded the contest with an empty net goal.
Charles William won his fifth game of the season for the Monarchs, but he still allowed late goals to Barry Almeida, Kellen Jones and Kyle McKenzie.
With the win, Manchester (7-3-1-1) takes a one-point lead atop the ECHL North Division over the Adirondack Thunder.
The Monarchs return to SNHU Arena on Sunday afternoon for a matinee rematch against Worcester (5-4-1-0).