MANCHESTER, NH – With less than five seconds remaining in the game, the Norfolk Admirals' captain center Zenon Konopka scored into an open net to sail past the Manchester Monarchs 2-1 in front of 5,816 fans at the Verizon Wireless Arena on Saturday night.
Manchester (3-6-0-3) is ranked seventh in the Atlantic Division with nine points. Norfolk (5-6-1-3) is in sixth place in the East Division with 14 points.
In the final seconds of the third period, Konopka connected with the back of the net to give the Admirals the 2-1 victory. Monarchs' goaltender Jonathan Quick went to clear the puck from behind the net but was pick-pocketed by right wing Jason Ward who quickly fed it to Konopka in the left face-off circle. Konopka buried the puck into the open net as Quick tried to get back into the crease. Konopka's fifth goal of the season came at the 19:55 mark of the final frame.
After a scoreless first period, the Admirals threw the first punch with a power play tally. Only 24-seconds into the middle period right wing Brandon Bochenski scored his fourth goal of the season. Defenseman Jamie Heward passed the puck from the left point to Konopka at the right point. Konopka wristed the puck on Quick who picked up the save. The rebound bounced free to Bochenski for the one-timer into the back of the net for a 1-0 game.
Right wing Teddy Purcell tied the game at 7:13 of the second period with a top shelf goal. Monarchs defenseman Viatcheslav Voynov sent the puck deep into the Admirals zone. A Norfolk defenseman attempted to clear the puck but Purcell intercepted the clearing attempt at the blueline. Skating into the right face-off circle, he unleashed a wrist shot that beat netminder Mike McKenna over his left shoulder for his fourth tally of the season.
Quick (1-5-1) took the loss stopping 25-of-27 shots. McKenna (1-2-0) picked up his first win of the season with 19 saves.
Manchester went 0-for-3 on the power play. Norfolk was 1-for-5 with the man advantage.