LOWELL, MA – Left wing Noah Clarke scored with 35 seconds remaining in overtime to lift the Manchester Monarchs over the Lowell Devils 4-3 in overtime in front of 2,926 fans at the Tsongas Arena on Friday night for their eighth win in a row.
Manchester (30-12-6-1) is leading the Atlantic Division with 67 points. Lowell (21-20-5-1) is in fifth place in the Atlantic division with 48 points.
Right wing Tim Jackman scored the first goal of the game, unassisted at3:55 of the opening period. The Devils took control of the puck deep in their zone but coughed it up in the slot. Jackman was there waiting to jam the loose puck past goaltender Jordan Parise for his 10th tally of the season.
Lowell evened the score at one goal apiece when left wing Jason Ryznar collected his third goal of the season at 13:56 of the first period. Right wing Grant Marshall picked up the puck from defenseman Mike Mottau along the right wing boards. Marshall fired a shot toward the net and Ryznar redirected it past Monarchs netminder Jason LaBarbera.
The Monarchs fell behind 59 seconds later when right wing David Clarkson recorded his 14th goal of the season to give Lowell a 2-1 lead. Center Chris Minard skated down the near boards and threw the puck to the net. Clarkson was on the right doorstep to tip in the pass. Left wing Tuomas Pihlman assisted on the go ahead goal.
Jackman collected his second tally of the night 30 seconds into the middle frame on the power play. Cycling the puck, left wing Lauri Tukonen fed center Marty Murray who put a shot on net. Jackman was perched in front of the net and tipped Murray's shot past Parise.
Rookie forward Paul Crosty scored his first goal of the season at 3:27 of the third period to give the Monarchs a 3-2 lead. Defenseman T.J. Kemp flipped a backhand shot that Crosty redirected in front of the net for his first Monarchs goal. Right wing John Zeiler earned an assist on the goal.
With 20 seconds remaining in the game, Minard picked up a rebound in front of LaBarbera and found the back of the net to push overtime. Center Petr Vrana's initial shot was blocked by LaBarbera but Minard chipped the rebound over the fallen goaltender. Defenseman Dan McGillis assisted on the tying goal.
Clarke scored his fifth game-winning goal of the season at 4:25 of overtime to push the Monarchs win streak to eight straight games. Murray passed the puck from the left face-off circle to Clarke who was streaking to the net. Clarke pushed the puck past Parise for another two points in the standings. Jackman assisted on the game-winner.