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Bounces go against Monarchs in loss to Adirondack

New Hampshire Union Leader

February 19. 2012 9:57PM
Manchester's Justin Johnson, left, squares off against Adirondack's Garrett Klotz as the linesmen break up the fight during the first period of their game at Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester Sunday afternoon. Adirondack won, 5-2. (MARK BOLTON/Union Leader)

MANCHESTER - All of the puck luck belonged to the Adirondack Phantoms on Sunday as they defeated the Manchester Monarchs, 5-2, in front of an announced crowd of 5,220 fans at Verizon Wireless Arena.

Manchester has lost five straight and dropped to 28-26-2. Adirondack, 5-1 winners over the Monarchs on Friday night, improved to 24-25-3. Manchester plays at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Thursday before hosting Albany Saturday and Providence Sunday.

The Monarchs couldn't seem to catch a break on Sunday, hitting the post five times, including three ringers in the final half of the third period as they tried in vain to climb back into the game.

'They had some pretty fortuitous bounces,' said Manchester head coach Mark Morris. 'Everything seemed to go their way in regard to pucks that just ended up on their stick at the right time and we clanked three posts there in the third and we had a chance to narrow the margin and get back in the game.'

Adirondack extended its lead to 4-1 with a power-play goal from Matthew Ford at 3:39 of the third period, but Manchester wasn't ready to go away.

Rookie Linden Vey scored for the Monarchs at 4:43, netting a shorthanded goal with a one-timer from the right side off a Ray Kaunisto feed from the left to make it a 4-2 game.

The Monarchs worked two power-play chances in the middle of the period and buzzed around the net, but the end result was two consecutive shots off the post and no goals to show for the effort.

'We're certainly getting our chances, I don't think we have to worry about that. We just have to bear down on ours,' said Manchester defenseman Andrew Campbell. 'The margin for error is so slim right now. We get two chances, give up one and they score on theirs and we miss on our two. It's tough. We're going to have to work our way through it.'

The Phantoms added a fifth goal at 12:59, their third power-play goal of the night, to put the game away. Shane Harper took a diving whack at a rebound chance in close and banged it past Jeff Zatkoff for the capper on Manchester's fifth straight loss.

'With each loss, it gets more frustrating,' Morris said. 'We'd like to bring this thing to a halt as soon as possible.'

Adirondack scored the only goal of the first period. The Phantoms were putting heavy pressure on Zatkoff and Tye McGinn got off a shot from the slot that Monarchs defenseman Patrick Mullen went down to block. The puck hit Mullen and trickled just inside the right post at the 14:56 mark.

There were two good scraps in the first period as well as the teams resumed the ill will from Friday night's rough 5-1 Phantoms win in Glens Falls, N.Y. Just 2:30 into the game, Monarch enforced Justin Johnson squared off with Garrett Klotz for an even trade of fists.

The duo got out of the penalty box and it wasn't long before they agreed to go for round two. This time, Johnson was the clear victor as he landed several punches, including one solid swing to Klotz's cheek.

The Phantoms pushed the lead to 2-0 at 7:04 of the second period on a Tyler Brown goal. Ford then scored on the power play at 14:00 to make it a 3-0 game.

Brandon Kozun got Manchester on the board at 17:35 of the second, scoring on the power play. David Kolomatis' slap shot from the point hit traffic in front, Vey moved the puck to Kozun and he finished by jamming it in from close range to make it 3-1 after two.

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