Monarchs Drop First Game of Florida Trip, 5-2, to Jacksonville
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.- The Manchester Monarchs started their road trip with a 5-2 loss to the Jacksonville Icemen at Veterans Memorial Arena, Wednesday night.
The Monarchs (26-22-1-1) outshot the Icemen (25-21-2-2), 35-29, but couldn't overcome two first-period goals and fell, 5-2.
Jacksonville got the scoring started at 4:32 of the first period when Jake Randolph scored his fifth goal of the season. Justin Woods fired a shot from the left point, that was tipped in front by Randolph, past Monarchs goaltender, Charles Williams, making the score, 1-0.
Moments later at 6:47 of the first period, Randolph netted his second of the night and sixth of the season. Woods crossed over the blue line on the left side of the zone and wristed a shot towards goal, that was redirected by Randolph, making the score, 2-0.
Manchester cut the lead in half at 12:23 of the second period on the seventh goal of the season by Sam Kurker. Nic Pierog entered the offensive zone on an odd-man rush, where he filtered a pass into the slot, that was poked home by Kurker, past the blocker of Jacksonville goaltender, Ken Appleby, to make the score, 2-1.
Jacksonville regained their two-goal lead at 13:51 of the second period on the eighth goal of the season by Garrett Ladd. Ladd skated in on a breakaway, where he deked forehand and pulled it to the backhand, beating Williams over the glove, to make the score, 3-1.
The Monarchs made it a one-goal game at 1:57 of the third period on the first goal of the season by Austin Block. Tony Cameranesi found Block at the top of the circles, where he sent a slap shot past Appleby, making the score, 3-2.
At 3:09 of the third period, the Icemen answered again on the 12th goal of the season for Cody Fowlie. Wacey Rabbit found Fowlie in the slot with a pass on a 2-on-1, where he sent a shot past the blocker of Williams to give the Icemen a 4-2 lead.
Jacksonville extended their lead at 4:20 of the third period when Fowlie scored his second of the game and 13th of the season, when he turned at the blue line and wristed a shot through a screen, past Williams, making it 5-2, Jacksonville.
The Monarchs return to action Friday, February 15 at 7:30 p.m., when they take on the Florida Everblades at Hertz Arena. For tickets, Season Memberships and group tickets, please contact the Monarchs front office at 603-626-7825.
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