Monarchs fall in Sunday shootout
“This afternoon was a lackluster performance,” said Manchester head coach Mark Morris. “There were some good things, but we never got on track. We’re a skating team, that’s when we play our best hockey. Unfortunately, we didn’t have our legs and we squandered a 2-0 lead heading into the third. When the legs get heavy, the next thing to shut down is the brain. This shootout loss stings, but looking at the big picture, we did get five-of-six points on the weekend.”
Manchester (13-3-1-3, 30 points), currently leading the pack in the Eastern Conference, scored a late first-period goal. Scott Sabourin notched his sixth season goal with 27 seconds left in the period. Andy Andreoff and Jeff Schultz each had an assist on the score.
Goalie Jean-Francois Berube turned back 29 shots for Manchester, which was 0-for-3 on the power play.