PORTLAND, ME – The Manchester Monarchs ended a six game win streak with a 4-1 loss to the Portland Pirates in front of 4,344 fans at the Cumberland County Civic Center on Sunday evening.
Manchester (21-11-6-1) remains in first place in the Atlantic Division with 49 points. Portland (19-12-1-4) is in second place in the Atlantic Division with 43 points.
Forward Drew Miller put the Pirates on the scoreboard first with his fifth goal of the season at 13:24 of the second period. Defenseman Brett Skinner passed the puck up-ice to Miller who drove to the net. Miller fired a point blank shot on Monarchs goaltender Jason LaBarbera and then hacked at the puck until it passed the red line for the first goal of the game. Right wing Colby Genoway also earned an assist.
The Monarchs tied the game when left wing Noah Clarke scored a power play tally at 16:27 of the middle period. Center Gabe Gauthier fed Clarke a perfect pass near the Pirates net. Clarke carried the puck around the net and slipped it inside the left post for his team leading 14th goal of the season. Right wing John Zeiler assisted on the tying goal.
Left wing Curtis Glencross gave Portland the lead once again at 1:48 of the final period. Battling with a Monarchs defenseman between the hash marks, Glencross managed to get his stick on the puck and flipped it past LaBarbera. Forward Ryan Carter and defenseman Clay Wilson assisted on Glencross' fifth goal of the season.
The Pirates finished off the Monarchs with two empty net goals by center Ryan Shannon and Carter. Shannon received a pass from goaltender Mike Wall and flipped the puck into the open net from the neutral zone at 19:27 of the third period. Carter's shorthanded empty net tally was shot from the Monarchs blueline at 19:49 of the final stanza.
LaBarbera took the loss with 34 saves. Wall earned the victory stopping 24 shots.
Manchester went 1-for-6 on the power play. Portland was 0-for-5 with the man advantage.