MANCHESTER, NH – The Manchester Monarchs got some well-needed rest after their trip to Utah, perhaps helping fuel their 3-2 victory in Worcester on Saturday night.
Performing on the power play had been a struggle early in the season for the Manchester, but that was certainly not the case on Saturday, with the Monarchs grabbing all of their three goals on odd-man opportunities.
They’re now seventh in the league at 20.8 percent on the power play, coming in at just under 30 percent during the Utah trip.
Matt Leitner contributed one of those power play goals during the road trip and he did again at the DCU Center, with Joel Lowry and Kevin Morris also adding goals to put them into a tie with Zac Lynch in the team lead for goals at nine apiece.
Charles Williams earned his eighth win of the year between the pipes, stopping all of Worcester’s 34 shots outside of T.J Syner’s wraparound goal from behind the net in the first period and Chris Langkow’s six-on-five conversion late in the third period.
The contest also featured another incident from Worcester’s Yannick Turcotte, who was issued a misconduct penalty in the second period followed by minor altercation in the third.
Turcotte is now third in the league when it comes to penalty minutes at 90, with 54 of those minutes coming from his five appearances against the Monarchs.
With the win, Manchester (12-7-1-1) keeps even with the Wheeling Nailers at the top of the ECHL’s North Division after Wheeling completed a 5-4 overtime victory over Reading about half-an-hour after all was said and done in Worcester.
The Monarchs return to SNHU Arena on Dec. 8 (7 p.m.), when they host the Norfolk Admirals to begin a three-game homestand.