Monarchs rocked by Thunder, 6-1By PARKER WHEELER
March 02. 2018 11:42PM
MANCHESTER -- The Manchester Monarchs fell to the Adirondack Thunder, 6-1, on Friday night at SNHU Arena, losing their fourth straight game.
The Monarchs (33-19-3-2) outshot the Thunder (32-20-3-3) 38-23, but fell, 6-1, in the first game of the weekend series.
The Thunder opened the scoring just 1:06 into the first period, when Troy Bourke scored his 5th goal of the season. Terrence Wallin won a puck battle just above the dots in the Monarchs zone, where he passed the puck to Shane Conacher who sent a breakout pass to Bourke at center ice. Bourke went in on a breakaway and fired a backhanded shot that went over the glove of Monarchs goaltender, Evan Cowley, to make the score 1-0.
The Thunder increased their lead when Wallin netted his 19th goal of the season at 11:01 of the first period. Wallin received a pass from Bourke just below the hash marks and with Cowley committed to his blocker side, Wallin lifted the puck into the empty net, to give the Thunder a 2-0 lead.
The Monarchs got on the board at 1:03 of the second period, when Matt Schmalz tallied his 17th goal of the season. Michael Doherty received a pass in the neutral zone from Alexx Privitera and skated below the circles, where he passed back to Schmalz, who sent a wrister over the glove of Thunder netminder, Drew Fielding, to make the score 2-1.
The Thunder lit the lamp yet again, when James Henry scored his 18th of the season on the powerplay at 14:52 of the second period. Conacher fired a shot on net that bounced off the skate of Wallin, right to Henry, where he gained control of the puck and shot it past Cowley, increasing the Thunder lead to 3-1.
The Thunder added another goal at 15:01 of the third period when Conacher scored his 12th goal of the season. Bourke skated in on a 2-on-1 and sent a cross-ice pass to Conacher, who sent a wrist shot under the right arm of Cowley, giving the Thunder a 4-1 advantage.
Adirondack extended their lead at 17:20 of the third period on the 7th goal of the season by Tim Harrison. Harrison skated the puck into the offensive zone along the right wing on a 2-on-1, and wristed a shot, top shelf, over the glove of Cowley, to give the Thunder a 5-1 lead.
The Thunder wrapped up the scoring at 17:48 of the third period on the 2nd goal of the game and 6th of the season for Bourke. Conacher sent a pass from the bottom of the right circle into the slot for Bourke, who turned and ripped a shot past the blocker of Cowley, to make the score 6-1, Adirondack.
The Monarchs are back in action Saturday, Mar. 3, at 6 p.m., at SNHU Arena, to take on the Adirondack Thunder.
Shane Conacher recorded a five-point night (1g, 4a).
Spencer Watson was a -4 rating on the night.
The Monarchs tied a season-long losing streak at four games.
Manchester has given up six goals in back-to-back games.