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October 28. 2011 10:05PM

Monarchs snap losing streak

The Manchester Monarchs made sure a franchise-record five-game losing streak did not slide to six games.

Manchester was a 5-2 winner over the Portland Pirates on the road Friday night.

The Monarchs (4-6-0) will play at Verizon Wireless Arena tonight at 7 p.m., hosting Wilkes-Barre/Scranton for “Canadian Heritage Night.”

Monarchs captain Marc-Andre Cliche broke a 2-2 tie with a goal at the 3:20 mark of the the third period. Cliche banged the puck home from the doorstep when Portland couldn't clear during a scramble.

Manchester's Rich Clune gave his team a two-goal cushion by burying a backhander at the 14:20 mark to make it 4-2.

Monarchs defenseman Jordan Hill capped the game with an empty net goal fired from his own end of the ice at 18:09.

Goalie Jeff Zatkoff made 27 saves to earn the win.

Manchester took a 2-0 lead into the first intermission on first period goals from rookie Linden Vey and Dwight King.

Vey scored on the power play at 7:49, going top-shelf off a Justin Azevedo feed.

King netted his first goal of the season at 12:18. Making his pro debut, Robbie Czarnik posted his first career point with an assist on King's goal.

Portland (3-5-1) came back with two goals in the second period to forge a 2-2 tie and set the stage for the finish.

Ryan Duncan made it 2-1 with a Portland power-play goal at 3:18 and Ashton Rome tied it at 9:18.

After tonight's game with WB-S the Monarchs will be off for almost a week, returning to action Friday at Providence.


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