Kolomatis' overtime goal lifts Monarchs in OT
The Manchester Monarchs made it six wins in a row in dramatic fashion Sunday afternoon when David Kolomatis scored at 4:13 in overtime for a 5-4 win over the host Bridgeport Sound Tigers in Bridgeport, Conn.
Manchester is 12-9-0-1 after a weekend sweep of Bridgeport. The Monarchs rank second in the Atlantic Division with 25 points. The Sound Tigers (10-7-3-1) are in second place in the Northeast Division with 24 points.
The overtime score came when Jordan Nolan chipped the puck down the boards to Linden Vey behind the Sound Tigers net. Vey found Kolomatis coming down from the left point. Kolomatis wristed a shot that got blocked and then got his own rebound and beat goaltender Kevin Poulin with a backhander.
“We are finding ways to win tight games,” said Monarchs head coach Mark Morris. “Winning was elusive early on (this season) but we are making headway and moving in the right direction. Puck luck happens when teams work hard and are determined in their efforts. It's a good feeling to see this bunch enjoying themselves. Their efforts are being rewarded right now.”
The Sound Tigers opened the scoring off the stick of right wing Rhett Rakhshani at 8:11 of the first period. He tipped home a loose puck off a rebound.
Left wing Scott Howes gave the Sound Tigers a 2-0 lead at 1:59 of the middle stanza. Tomas Marcinko passed the puck from the left corner to Howes behind the net. Howes skated to the front of the net and slid an ice level shot to the far side for his third of the season.
The Monarchs cut the deficit to 2-1 with a goal by David Meckler. Marc-Andre Cliche grabbed a loose puck in the defensive zone before passing it to Meckler. The right wing skated the length of the ice before wristing a shot from the top of the right face-off circle. Meckler's fifth goal of the season came at 5:51 of the second period.
Manchester's Brandon Kozun tied the game at 2-2 only 47 seconds after Meckler's strike. Kozun grabbed a loose puck skated in on a 2-on-1 with Nolan. Kozun's initial shot was stopped by Poulin but the right wing slapped in his own rebound.
Bridgeport answered 1:33 later when left wing Tim Wallace tipped in a shot for his ninth goal of the season.
The Monarchs tied the game in the third period after when Cam Paddock found Vey at the left face-off circle, where he wristed the puck past Poulin at 4:26 of the third period.
The Monarchs took their first lead of the game at 7:30 of the third period on Vey's second goal of the game.
The Sound Tigers tied the game at 4-4 on the power play at 13:26 of the third period off an offensive zone face-off win. Wallace won the draw to Cizikas who gave it back to defenseman Dylan Reese at the right point. Reese hit a slap shot through traffic that found the top left corner of the net for his second goal of the season.
Martin Jones (7-7-0) earned his seventh victory of the season stopping 30-of-34 shots. Poulin (5-6-0) took his sixth loss and second overtime loss of the season making 28 saves on 33 shots.
The Monarchs will travel to play the Binghamton Senators on Friday at 7:05 p.m. at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena.