Monarchs Hammered by Nailers, 6-3
Manchester, N.H. - The Manchester Monarchs could not overcome three first period goals by the Wheeling Nailers and lost, 6-3, Wednesday night at SNHU Arena.
The Monarchs (33-18-3-2) fell to Nailers (29-22-6-0) and suffered their third loss in a row.
The Nailers opened up the scoring :56 seconds into the first period, when Danny Fick scored his 2nd goal of the season. Derek Army won the faceoff to the right of Monarchs goaltender, Charles Williams, and passed the puck back to Fick who fired a shot from the slot, beating Williams to make the score, 1-0, Nailers.
Manchester got on the board at 9:29 of the first period, when Kevin Morris scored his 10th goal of the season. Alexx Privitera passed the puck from the top of the right circle to Rob Hamilton on the blue line, who took a shot that tipped off the stick of Morris and into the back of the net, to tie the game, 1-1.
Wheeling pulled ahead when Freddie Tiffels scored his 10th goal of the season at 10:01 of the first period. Williams played the puck behind the net and sent a pass to Privitera, who attempted a breakout pass beside his net, that Tiffels intercepted and shot the puck into the empty net, to give the Nailers a 2-1 lead.
The Monarchs evened the score at 11:52 of the first period when Keegan Iverson scored his 5th goal of the season. Kevin Morris skated into the offensive zone and had the puck knocked off his stick, where Iverson picked it up and fired a shot from the top of the right circle, that beat Nailers goaltender, Colin Stevens, to make the score, 2-2.
Wheeling capitalized on the power play when Troy Josephs scored his 10th goal of the season at 15:16 of the first period. Cody Wydo passed the puck to Nick Sorkin, who took a shot from the top of the right circle, which tipped off Josephs' stick into the back of the net, putting Wheeling up, 3-2.
Manchester tied it up when Francois Beauchemin scored his 6th goal of the season at 15:28 of the second period. Kevin Morris received a pass from Keegan Iverson at the bottom of the right circle, where Morris tapped the puck back to Beauchemin who took a shot from the slot and beat Stevens to the glove side, to tie the game, 3-3.
Wheeling reclaimed the lead when Marcus Basara scored his 4th goal of the season at 17:34 of the second period. Riley Bourbonnais passed the puck to Chris Francis in the left corner, where Francis sent a pass to Basara, who fired a one timer from the top of the left circle and beat Williams, to make the score, 4-3.
Wheeling struck again when Ross McMullan scored his 3rd goal of the season at 4:39 of the third period. Basara passed the puck across the slot to McMullan, who took a shot from the middle of the left circle and buried the puck past Williams, to make the score, 5-3.
The Nailers doubled their lead when Cody Wydo scored his 23rd goal of the season at 12:34 of the third period. Reid Gardiner sent the puck to Ayrton Valente at the top of the right circle, where he faked a shot and passed it across the slot to Wydo who snuck it past the pad of Williams, to make the score, 6-3.
The Monarchs are back in action Friday, Mar. 3 (7 p.m.), at SNHU Arena, to take on the Adirondack Thunder.
Kevin Morris had a three-point night (1g, 2a).
The Monarchs allowed six goals for the fourth time this season.
Charles Williams made 24 saves on 30 shots.
Martin Nemick and Jeremy Beirnes received fighting majors at 16:02 of the third period.
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