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Monarchs' Sunday win nets team five of possible six points over three-day span

Staff report
February 23. 2014 8:46PM
Manchester Monarchs Nick Shore beats Worcester Sharks goalie Troy Grosenick for a goal in the second period of their game at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester Sunday. (Mark Bolton/Union Leader)

Center Nick Shore scored two goals, including the game-winner with just over a minute to go, to give the Manchester Monarchs a 4-2 win over the Worcester Sharks on Sunday before 5,816 fans at Verizon Wireless Arena.

The win finished off a five-point weekend for the Monarchs. Manchester beat Portland, 5-4, on Saturday night and dropped a 4-3 shootout to Springfield on Friday.

The winner came at 18:53 of the third period. Forward Ian O’Connor, of Londonderry, picked up a loose puck and fed it to Zach O’Brien in the slot. O’Brien passed it to Shore at the bottom of the left face-off circle, and he beat Sharks goalie Troy Grosenick on his glove side for his 10th goal of the year.

Brian O’Neill’s empty netter gave Manchester a 4-2 cushion.

“It was a good weekend overall, but today’s game was really sloppy, I thought, compared to the other two,” said Monarchs head coach Mark Morris. “(Shore’s) an intelligent individual who subtly makes good things happen on the ice because of good positioning. He’s very cerebral. You’re not going to see him jumping out of his jersey when he scores a goal.”

Winger Colin Fraser started the scoring 2:20 into the game. Fraser deflected Nick Deslauriers’ shot over Sharks goalie Grosenick’s left shoulder for a 1-0 lead.

Six minutes later, the game was even. Dan DaSilva tapped home the rebound of Dylan DeMelo’s right-point shot at 8:29 of the opening frame.

Shore’s first goal, at 14:13 of the second period, put Manchester back in front. Winger Steve Quailer sent a cross-ice pace to Shore, who faked a wrist shot and then beat Grosenick with a backhander.

Worcester equalized at the 6:20 mark of the third. Brodie Reid knocked home a loose puck after Monarchs goalie Mathias Niederberger knocked down a shot from the Sharks’ Lane Scheidl.

Niederberger (1-0-1) collected his first AHL victory, stopping 30-of-32 shots he faced. Grosenick (11-9-0) had 15 saves on 18 shots.

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