PORTLAND, Maine – Different day, different city, same score.
The Manchester Monarchs lost to the Maine Mariners yet again on Thursday night, duplicating their 4-3 Saturday loss to Maine back home.
Like on Saturday, Manchester gave up the first goal, this time on a wrister by Ty Ronning 5:23 into the first period. Jared Fiegl equalized the contest just over a minute later, but Maine got another goal from Greg Chase later in the period and two more in the third following to build up a 4-1 lead with just under 15 minutes in regulation.
Danil Miromanov brought the game back within two thanks to his third goal of the season with just under 13 minutes to play and Pavel Jenys added a rare Monarchs power play goal to make it a one-score game in the final minute.
However, one last chance from Jenys with two seconds left did not make it past Maine netminder Brandon Halverson, the last of his 30 saves on the night.
Manchester is now just 1-4 on the season against Maine, who they will face again at home during the traditional New Year’s Eve game. Before that, the Monarchs will have two 7 p.m. games in Glens Falls, NY on Friday and Saturday.