Monarchs Downed By Armstrong In Exhibition
MARLBOROUGH, MA - Left wing Riley Armstrong's two goals elevated the Worcester Sharks to a 3-1 victory over the Manchester Monarchs in an exhibition game at the New England Sports Center on Friday night.
Armstrong poked the puck past Monarchs goaltender Ryan Munce at the 14:47 mark of the third period. Left wing Lukas Kasper passed the puck to defenseman Michael Hutchins who shot the puck on net. The puck rebounded to Armstrong in the slot for the score.
A scoreless first period featured a fisticuff between Monarchs right wing James Hiebert, 5-foot-9, and Sharks left wing Glenn Olson, 6-foot-4, followed by a 5-on-3 power play for Worcester. The Sharks were withheld from a shot during the two-man advantage for one minute and ten seconds.
The second period started with the gloves dropping between Manchester's defenseman Scott Balan and Worcester's left wing Matt Syroczynski for an even matchup.
The Monarchs replaced goaltender Yutaka Fukufuji at the 10:15 mark of the second period with Munce. Fukufuji stopped all 11 shots he faced.
With 2:38 remaining in the second period, Sharks defenseman Dan Spang shot a bullet from the left point past Munce's elevated left glove. Defenseman Tom Walsh and center Michal Macho assisted on the lone goal in the second period to give the Sharks the 1-0 lead.
The Monarchs evened the score 51-seconds into the third period on a two-man advantage. Collecting the puck from right wing John Zeiler, right wing Konstatin Pushkarev carried the puck through the slot and slipped it past Sharks goaltender Dimitri Patzold. Defenseman Peter Harrold also assisted on the goal to tie the game at 1-1.
Armstrong picked up the empty net goal with 33-seconds remaining in the game for the final 3-1 win. Defenseman Brennan Evans and Macho assisted on the third goal of the game.
Munce took the loss stopping 11 shots on 13 attempts by Worcester. Patzold earned the victory with 21 saves.
The Monarchs and Sharks face-off again on Saturday, September 30 at Tri-Town Ice Arena in Hooksett, New Hampshire, for a second exhibition game in as many nights. Face-off is at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the Tri-Town Ice Arena.
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