The Manchester Monarchs fell behind in the first minute and never caught up against the Newfoundland Growlers in a 5-1 loss Wednesday night at SNHU Arena.

The first-place Growlers (40-19-4-2) struck first at 59 seconds of the first period when Brady Ferguson scored his 26th goal of the season. Adam Pardy skated the puck down from the neutral zone, and sent a pass to Ferguson at the left hash marks where he sent a wrist shot over the blocker of Monarchs goaltender Charles Williams to make the score 1-0.

Newfoundland added a second at 9:11 of the first when James Melindy scored his fourth of the season. Melindy received a pass from Ferguson as the trailer on the rush and fired a wrister past the blocker of Williams.

The Monarchs (33-27-2-2) got on the board at 9:35 of the first period when Matheson Iacopelli scored his sixth goal of the season. Iacopelli carried the puck to the low circle and sent a snap shot that found the top corner over Growlers goaltender Michael Garteig, to make it 2-1.

The Growlers scored again at 10:03 of the second period when Matt Bradley scored his 15th of the season. Josh Kestner skated the puck into the offensive zone and sent a pass to Bradley, who was stationed at the bottom of the right circle and wristed the puck over the blocker of Williams.

Newfoundland extended the lead at 13:28 of the second when Todd Skirving scored his third of the season on the power play. Ferguson found the puck at the top of the left circle and sent a shot toward goal where Skirving tipped the puck between Williams' pads.

The Growlers ended the scoring when Giorgio Estephan scored his 19th of the season into an an empty net.

The Monarchs return to action Saturday at 6 p.m., when they take on the Worcester Railers at SNHU Arena.