Monarchs falter in shootout
In yet another one-goal game, the Manchester Monarchs fell to host Providence 2-1 in a shootout Friday night.
The Monarchs dropped to 14-10-2 and will play at Springfield tonight at 7 p.m. and host Portland Sunday at 3 p.m. at Verizon Wireless Arena.
Bruins (9-14-3) goaltender Michael Hutchinson stopped four out of five Monarchs shooters in the shootout while Jamie Arniel and Trent Whitfield beat Martin Jones to give Providence the 2-1 edge.
Trailing 2-0 in the shootout, Manchester captain Marc-Andre Cliche came through with a goal and Jones stymied Zach Hamill's ensuing bid to leave the door open.
But David Meckler was unable to solve Hutchinson to force sudden death shootout frames and the Bruins claimed the win.
It was the 11th time in the past 12 games that Manchester has been in a one-goal game. The Monarchs have won nine of them.
Providence tied the game at 1-1 at the 2:56 mark of the third period. Lane MacDermid's backhand shot was tipped in front by Whitfield to beat Jones.
The Bruins had a chance to break the tie before the end of regulation, skating 4:49 of power play time.
The man-advantage came when Monarchs forward Cam Paddock was ejected from the game for a hit to the head of Maxime Sauve.
Sauve remained on the ice for several minutes and was helped off by the training staff.
Paddock was given a 5-minute major and match penalty and could be facing a suspension from the AHL.
Jones was sharp to lead the kill of the major penalty, which extended into overtime for 11 seconds.
The Monarchs nearly won the game in overtime as Justin Azevedo's shot trickled through Hutchinson but was cleared off the goal line by Bruins defenseman David Warsofsky.
Manchester took a 1-0 lead with a goal in the final seconds of the first period.
Brandon Kozun converted a pass from Patrick Mullen, slamming the puck past Hutchinson from the doorstep at 19:55.
NOTES: Kozun's goal extended his points streak to six games ... the Monarchs will go for their eighth consecutive home win on Sunday against Portland ... Cliche is 5-for-5 in shootout attempts this year.