NORFOLK, Va. – The Manchester Monarchs scored the first five goals in a 5-1 defeat of the Norfolk Admirals on Wednesday night at the Norfolk Scope.
The Monarchs (9-9-1-1) started the scoring at 5:37 of the first period on the fourth goal of the season by Cory Ward. Chris Carlisle took a shot from the blue line that was stopped in front. Ward gathered the rebound and lifted a shot past Admirals goaltender Ty Reichenbach to make the score 1-0.
Manchester extended the lead at 16:33 of the first on the sixth goal of the season by Joe Pendenza, who brought the puck from behind the net and centered a pass that deflected off a body in front right back to Pendenza’s stick, who ripped a shot past the blocker of Reichenbach to make it 2-0.
Manchester made it a three-goal game at 19:59 of the first on the ninth goal of the season by Nic Pierog. After a faceoff win with 3.5 seconds left, Craig Wyszomirski wristed a shot on goal. The rebound popped out to Pierog in the slot and he buried a shot past Reichenbach, making the score 3-0.
The Monarchs added to their lead at 6:17 of the second period on the second goal of the game and fifth of the season for Ward. Jack Nevins centered a pass from behind the net to Ward in the high-slot, where he sneaked a shot under the arm of Reichenbach to make iy 4-0.
Manchester made it a five-goal game at 17:02 of the second period on the third goal of the season by Joe Sullivan. Ward took a shot off the post that bounced to Sullivan at the left post. He potted the puck into the net to give the Monarchs a 5-0 lead.
The Admirals (12-8-1-1) got on the board at 0:54 of the third period on the fifth goal of the season by Ben Duffy. Patrick D’Amico circled behind the net and sent a pass to the slot for Duffy, who slid a shot through the legs of Monarchs goaltender Chris Driedger to make it 5-1.
The teams play again Friday night at 7 in Norfolk.