Portland Pirates pound Monarchs, 4-1
The Portland Pirates put 25 shots on net in the first period alone and scored twice early en route to a 4-1 win over the Monarchs in front of 3,153 fans at Verizon Wireless Arena Sunday.
Manchester fell to 5-8-1 on the season and will host Portland (4-5-1) Wednesday morning at 10:30 in the special ';Education Day'; game. Portland came into Sunday';s game having been off for eight days and looked fresh, jumping all over the Monarchs early.
';I don';t think we can come down with those excuses,'; said Monarchs captain Marc-Andre Cliche. ';Maybe the schedule was not our way this week, but we can';t come down to that and say that';s why we came out like this.';
The Pirates poured a massive amount of rubber on goalie Martin Jones in the first period, including nine shots in the first 3:00. The end result was a 2-0 Portland lead after the first frame.
Brett Hextall (son of Monarchs general manager Ron Hextall) gave Portland a 1-0 lead at 11:29. Brock Trotter carried the puck in on the left wing and sent a cross-ice feed to Hextall on the right for a one-timer to beat Jones high near-post.
Trotter then scored on the power play at 13:32 of the first to push the Pirates lead to 2-0. Nathan Oystrick sent a shot on net from the high slot that Jones sticked aside, but the rebound went right to Trotter on the left side for a quick put-back past Jones.
Manchester had to kill three penalties in the first period, setting the tempo for an uphill climb early.
';We obviously spent way too much time in the penalty box and the shot totals were off the charts,'; said Monarchs head coach Mark Morris. ';I guess the thing that we need to address first and foremost is, we';ve got to be more disciplined.';
The barrage of shots slowed in the second period, but Portland struck again to carry a 3-0 lead into the third period. Ethan Werek';s shot from the right side was stopped by Jones, but the puck got through and landed in the crease for an easy tap-in for Ryan Duncan at 14:09 of the second.
Portland pushed the lead to 4-0 with a Colin Long goal at 10:25 of the third period. Ryan Hollweg carried the puck up the right side and hit Long as he cut the net and Long finished with a redirection before Jones could get across.
The Monarchs got a goal from, Cliche at 13:05 to cut the lead to 4-1. Rich Clune set up the goal with a pass from behind the net and Cliche snapped off a shot from the right circle to beat Justin Pogge.
But that was all the Monarchs could muster for offense and Portland closed out the game. The Pirates outshot Manchester 47-33 and were 1-6 on the power play. The Monarchs went 0-2 on the man-advantage.
';It';s one of those things in team sports, it';s finding that way to get everyone thinking the same thoughts and playing the same systems and having structure,'; Morris said. ';It can be pretty elusive at times. Specifically with the group we';ve got here this year. It';s been one of those times when it tests your patience and it tests your mettle.';
';We';ll get back to trying to instill good work habits and hopefully get these guys to jell.';