ST. JOHN’S, NEWFOUNDLAND – The Manchester Monarchs fell for the second straight night to the Newfoundland Growlers on Saturday with a 5-2 loss at the Mile One Centre.
The Monarchs (36-29-2-2) allowed four unanswered goals in the first two periods.
Newfoundland (43-20-4-2) got on the board at 11:21 of the first period on the 28th goal of the season by Scott Pooley. The puck bounced off the end wall to the right side of the net, where Pooley pounced on it and sneaked a shot past the glove of Monarchs goaltender Charles Williams, giving the Growlers a 1-0 lead.
The Growlers extended their lead at 12:45 of on Pooley's second goal of the game and 29th of the season. Matt Bradley stole the puck off the stick of Monarchs defenseman Brendan Miller behind the net and centered a pass to Pooley, who one-timed a shot past Williams.
The Growlers extended their lead at 1:23 of the second period on the 29th goal of the season by Brady Ferguson. Zach O’Brien dropped a pass to the high slot for Ferguson, who wristed a shot over the blocker of Williams.
The Growlers added another at 4:20 of the second period, chasing Williams from the game, when Marcus Power scored his 23rd goal of the season on the power play. Ferguson found Power sitting along the right post with a pass, that he tapped past Williams to make the score 4-0.
Manchester made it a three-goal game at 48 seconds of the third period, on the power play, on the eighth goal of the season by Jack Nevins. Matheson Iacopelli backhanded a pass toward the slot that Nevins roofed over the blocker of Growlers goaltender Michael Garteig to make the score 4-1.
The Growlers responded at 3:14 of the third period on Josh Kestner’s 22nd goal of the season. Kestner broke into the offensive zone and snapped a shot past Monarchs relief goaltender Cole Kehler, making the score 5-1.
The Monarchs got one back at 7:49 of the third period on the power play when Sam Kurker netted his 16th of the season. Kurker received a pass from David Kolomatis at the top of the circles, where he fired a wrist shot past the pad of Garteig.
The Monarchs return to action Wednesday, April 3 at 7:05 p.m., when they take on the Worcester Railers at the DCU Center. The Monarchs return home Friday, when they host Newfoundland at 7:05 p.m.