Monarchs win in final seconds
Linden Vey scored with a shot through traffic with just 1.8 seconds left in overtime to lift Manchester to a 3-2 win over the Portland Pirates in front of 7,703 at Verizon Wireless Arena on Saturday night.
Saturday's win, coupled with Friday night's 2-1 win at home over Worcester, marked the first time the Monarchs won consecutive games since before Christmas. They had a season's-best four-game win streak snapped on Dec. 21 with a 2-1 loss at Bridgeport.
Thanks to Vey and a lot of pressure on the Pirates and goalie Louis Domingue (36 saves) at the end, the Monarchs triumphed.
The Pirates picked up the pace after that.
They had some good scoring bids in the latter part of the second period. On one of the best, Phil Lane deflected a pass from Chris Brown on goal, but Berube stopped it.
The Pirates tied it just over two minutes later when Ethan Werek picked up a rebound in close and circled behind the net and tucked the puck past Berube for a power play goal with 8:25 left.
Pearson's goal moved him into a tie with Nick Deslauriers for the team lead in goals. Deslauriers is at 14-11-25 in 46 games. Pearson has 14-12-26 totals in 32 games. ... Manchester and Portland meet again next weekend. After Sundays game at Worcester, the Monarchs play home games against Binghamton on Friday and St. John's on Saturday and travel to Maine for a Super Bowl Sunday 1 p.m. matinee against the Pirates in Lewiston.