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Monarchs Maul Grizzlies, 8-3 on Friday

The Monarchs
November 26. 2017 2:07AM

WEST VALLEY CITY, UT – Three points each for Kevin Morris, Tony Cameranesi and Zac Lynch, along with a five-goal third period, propelled the Manchester Monarchs past the Utah Grizzlies, 8-3, Friday night at the Maverik Center.

The Monarchs (10-7-1-1) outshot the Grizzlies (6-7-4-1), 43-32, and will look to sweep their three-game series Saturday night in Utah.

Manchester took an early lead when Zac Lynch scored his 7th goal of the season just :43 seconds into the contest. Lynch stole the puck in the offensive zone, circled the net and sent a wrister from the left hashmark past the blocker of Grizzlies goaltender, Angus Redmond, to give the Monarchs the 1-0 lead.

The Monarchs doubled their lead when Matt Leitner potted his 2nd goal of the year at 14:18 of the first period. Leitner played catch with Spencer Watson beginning in their own slot and entered the offensive zone. When Watson got just below the right dot, he wrapped a pass along the ice to a crashing Leitner in the slot who had nothing but twine in front of him, to put the Monarchs up, 2-0.

Utah cut into the Manchester lead at 14:18 of the first period when Cliff Watson scored his 4th goal of the season. Watson found the puck on his stick after a shot from the right point by Gregor Hanson was deflected in front of Monarchs goaltender, Evan Cowley, and had an open net to make the score, 2-1, Monarchs.

Watson brought the Grizzlies back to even when he scored his second goal of the night and 5th of the season at 19:29 of the first period. While on the power play, Watson snuck low to the right side of the crease on a backdoor play, and one-timed a perfect feed from Hanson to tie the game, 2-2.

The Monarchs took their lead back when Colton Saucerman scored on the power play for his 3rd goal of the season at 10:03 of the second period. Saucerman lined up a one-timer from the middle of the blue line off a feed from Jordan LaVallee-Smotherman, and found the net through traffic to put the Monarchs up 3-2.

The Manchester lead was short-lived as Ryan Misiak tied things up just :25 seconds later. Misiak was sprung on a breakaway that Cowley stopped, but the rebound fell directly in the blue paint. A miscommunication between Cowley and Martin Nemcik on the clearing attempt pushed the puck past the goal line and tied the game, 3-3.

The Monarchs grabbed their lead back just :26 seconds into the third period when Joel Lowry scored a power-play goal, his 7th marker of the season. Lynch took a shot from the slot that was blocked, but the puck fell directly onto Lowry’s stick where had an open net to give the Monarchs the 4-3 lead.

Manchester finally took their two-goal lead back at 10:32 of the final frame when Michael Doherty scored his 4th goal of the season. Kevin Morris started the scoring play and took a shot from point blank that was stopped by Redmond, but the rebound fell directly to Doherty who made no mistake, and gave the Monarchs the 5-3 advantage.

The Monarchs went up, 6-3, when Morris scored his 8th goal of the year at 17:37 of the final frame. Morris was camped in front of the cage and stuffed home the rebound off a LaVallee-Smotherman shot to double the Monarchs advantage. The goal marked the 4th power-play goal of the season for Morris.

The goals kept coming as Lynch netted his second of the night at 19:24 of the third period. Lynch was sprung on a partial break, deked twice and flipped a forehand over the left leg of Redmond to make it a 7-3 game.

The fifth goal of the third period and last goal of the night was scored by Matt Schmalz with four seconds left in the game. Schmalz barreled down the left wing and ripped a wrister by Redmond to end the high-scoring final period and game, 8-3.

The Monarchs look to sweep their three-game series with the Grizzlies on Saturday night (9:05 p.m.) from the Maverik Center in West Valley City.

  • The eight Monarchs goals sets a season-high
  • Manchester was 3-for-4 on the power play
  • The five-goal third period sets a season-high for most goals in a period
  • Zac Lynch recorded the 25th assist of his professional career