Monarchs topped by Thunder, 3-2By PARKER WHEELER
April 06. 2018 9:56PM
GLENS FALLS, N.Y. – The Manchester Monarchs fell to the Adirondack Thunder Friday night, 3-2, at Cool Insuring Arena.
The Monarchs (40-24-3-3) dropped their fifth straight game Friday against the Thunder (40-24-3-4), 3-2, and fell to second place in the North Division.
The Thunder started the scoring at 7:53 of the first period on the 20th goal of the season by Shane Conacher. Troy Bourke sent a pass along the blue line to Aaron Titcomb, who wristed a shot on goal that bounced off Monarchs goaltender, Charles Williams, and onto the stick of Conacher, where he tucked the puck behind the reach of Williams, to give the Thunder a 1-0 lead.
The Monarchs answered at 14:01 of the first period on the 25th goal of the season by Spencer Watson. Jared Kolquist fired a shot on goal from the left hashmarks, where Watson picked up the rebound and shot the puck past the blocker of Thunder goaltender, Mackenzie Blackwood, to tie the score, 1-1.
Adirondack took the lead at 6:27 of the second period on the 2nd goal of the season by Matthew Spencer. Brian Ward skated into the offensive zone along the left wing on a 2-on-1, sending a pass to Spencer at the bottom of the right circle, where he slid a shot under the dive of Williams, to give the Thunder a 2-1 lead.
The Thunder extended their lead at 7:39 of the second period on the 11th goal of the season by Paul Rodrigues. Rob Hamilton attempted a breakout pass from the right circle, where Rodrigues intercepted the pass in the slot and wristed a shot past the glove of Williams, to make the score, 3-1.
Manchester cut into the lead at 18:38 of the third period on the 8th goal of the season by Cory Ward. With an extra attacker on the ice, David Kolomatis took a shot from the point, that was tipped in front by Kevin Morris. Jordan LaVallee-Smotherman took a shot off the rebound, which bounced to Ward at the left post, where he shot it past Blackwood, to make the score, 3-2.
The Monarchs return home on Saturday, April 7, at 6:00 p.m. when they take on the Worcester Railers at SNHU Arena for Community Appreciation Night, the final home game of the regular season.
Charles Williams made 19 saves on 22 shots.
Ashton Rome received a game misconduct at 5:33 of the second period.
The Monarchs dropped the season series to the Thunder, with a record of 5-6-1-1.