Monarchs fall to Sharks in shootout
The Manchester Monarchs lost their fifth straight road game Friday night, falling 5-4 in a shootout at Worcester. The Monarchs (25-9-3-2) took a 3-2 lead into the final period but were outscored, 2-1, in the final period.
Worcester outscored Manchester, 1-0, in the shootout, on a goal by Bryan Lerg.
Travis Oleksuk and Taylor Fedun both scored to help the Sharks take a 4-3 lead before Manchester’s Michael Mersch tallied his eighth goal of the year at 17:42 to tie the game at 4-4. Mersch crashed the Worcester net and beat Sharks goaltender Troy Grosenick with a backhanded shot.
Adam Hughesman and Andrew Crescenzi both scored in the first period to give Manchester a 2-0 lead heading into the second. Jeremy Langlois and Chris Tierney both scored for the Sharks (18-14-3-2) in the second to tie the game at 2-2 before Colin Miller put the puck into the back of the Worcester net at 19:05 in the period. Miller finished with a season-high three points in the loss.
Grosenick made 30 saves for the Sharks. Jean-Francois Berube made his first start in net for the Monarchs since their 2-1 road win over Worcester on Jan. 2 and turned away 24 shots in defeat.
Manchester was previously 20-0-0-0 when leading heading into the final period this season before the loss. The Monarchs have lost five of their last six contests and are 1-2 in shootouts this season.
The Monarchs host the Providence Bruins tonigth at 7 on Los Angeles Kings Night. They will wear Kings throwback uniforms.
Manchester remains home for a 3 p.m. game on Sunday against the Sharks.