Monarchs Split Weekend Series With Greenville

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The Manchester Monarchs concluded their October 2017 schedule on Saturday, doing so with a 4-1 loss at home to the Greenville Swamp Rabbits.

Greenville struck first, with Adam Chapie’s fourth goal of the year at the 14:44 mark in the second period.

Manchester’s Cory Ward lines up for a faceoff on Oct. 28, 2017 (courtesy photo)

Sam Kurker tied up the contest in the third period, grabbing a rebound off a Cory Ward wrister from the top of the left face-off circle. However, Greenville responded just seconds later with a goal from Austin McKay.

The Swamp Rabbits put the game out of reach later in the period with goals from Allan McPherson and Curt Gogol.

Gogol’s goal came on the power play, giving him just as many power play goals in Manchester as the Monarchs have achieved here over their first three home games.

That troubling trend for the Monarchs continued on Saturday, going 0-for-5 during 18 minutes on the power play. They’re currently 19th out of 27 teams in the ECHL when it comes to power play efficiency so far this year.

Another trend also continued, as the Monarchs once again outshot their opponent. Their 22 shots on goal in the third period on Saturday came one shot short of the league record this season. They’re second in the league in total shots on goal at 226, behind only Idaho (248) and fourth in the league in average shots per game.

Manchester (3-3-0-1) now heads to Norfolk for a three-game set against Norfolk, behind with a 7 p.m. start on Wednesday.