Monarchs Frozen by IceMen, 4-2
MANCHESTER, N.H. - The Manchester Monarchs couldn't recover from an early deficit, and fell to the Jacksonville Icemen, 4-2, at SNHU Arena on Marvel Night.
The Monarchs (23-14-3-1) have now dropped two-of-three contests this season against the Icemen (12-22-3-2).
The Icemen opened the scoring to take an early lead at 6:41 of the first period when Bobby MacIntyre scored his 6th goal of the season. Scott Savage took a shot from the left boards that Brendan Collier picked up at the top of the paint. Collier backhanded the puck to MacIntyre at the right post where he flipped the puck over the glove of Monarchs goaltender, Branden Komm, to put the Icemen up, 1-0.
The Icemen extended their lead with a goal from Savage at 13:04 of the first period, to make the score, 2-0. Savage grabbed the puck from behind the cage and wrapped it around the net on his backhand for a goal over Komm's glove for his 6th goal of the season.
The Icemen took a three-goal lead at 9:11 of the second period when Josh Erickson netted his 6th goal of the season. Erickson intercepted a mishandled pass from Monarchs forward, Justin Agosta, and immediately slid into the slot for a slapshot that beat Komm's glove to make it a 3-0 game.
The Monarchs got on the board with a power-play goal from Spencer Watson at 13:51 of the second period. Matt Marcinew passed the puck to Jordan LaVallee-Smotherman along the right goal line. LaVallee-Smotherman then hit Watson with a pass at the far goal post where Watson put the puck past the stick of Icemen goaltender, Colton Phinney, to make the score, 3-1.
The Icemen added to their lead when MacIntyre scored his second goal of the game just :25 seconds into the third period, to push the Jacksonville advantage to 4-1. Along the left boards, Collier threw the puck toward the slot where just inside the right-wing circle, MacIntyre sent a quick one-timer past Komm for his 7th tally of the season.
The Monarchs cut the deficit in half when LaVallee-Smotherman scored his 19th goal of the season at 10:10 of the third period. LaVallee-Smotherman tipped a slapshot off the stick of Eric Schurhamer from the middle of the blue line, to end the scoring, 4-2.
NOTES: Alexx Privitera was assessed a game misconduct at 12:40 of the first period. Manchester converted on the power play for the fourth-consecutive game. Jordan LaVallee-Smotherman extended his point streak to three games.
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