WINNIPEG, MB – University of New Hampshire graduate center Jason Krog scored twice as the Manchester Monarchs fell to the Manitoba Moose, 4-2, in front of 5,763 fans at the MTS Centre on Tuesday night.
Manchester (12-11-0-4, 28 points) is tied for fifth place in the Atlantic Division. Manitoba (19-7-0-0, 38 points) is in first place in the North Division.
Scoring the game-winning goal, Krog lit the lamp for his second goal of the night at 7:54 of the middle frame to give the Moose a 3-0 lead. Defenseman Daniel Rahimi sprung left wing Mark Derlago in the neutral zone and the forward carried the puck in on goaltender Jonathan Bernier with a Monarchs defenseman close behind. Derlago shot the puck and Bernier went down to his knees to make the save. The netminder quickly stood up and lost the puck with Krog at his footsteps to poke in the rebound.
Krog picked up his first of two tallies on the night with a power play goal at 14:04 of the opening period. Defenseman Andrew Martens shoved the puck from the left wing corner to right wing Michel Ouellet behind the Monarchs net. As Krog skated in toward the net, he picked up a pass from Ouellet at the left corner of the crease for a quick one-timer that slipped through Bernier's legs for his seventh tally of the season.
The Moose doubled their lead at 3:08 of the second period with center Dirk Southern's third goal of the season. Defenseman Maxime Fortunus passed the puck to Southern in the neutral zone. The center carried the puck into the Monarchs territory and sent a wrist shot in on Bernier that snuck in five-hole and into the net. Rahimi assisted on the second goal of the game.
The Monarchs jumped on the scoreboard at 18:26 of the second period. Defenseman Viatcheslav Voynov blasted a slap shot in on goaltender Karl Goehring. The rebound was directed to the bottom of the left face-off circle where center Dusty Collins was positioned to flip in the one-timer for his first goal of the season in his first game with the Monarchs. Defenseman Davis Drewiske picked up an assist on the goal.
The Moose regained their three-goal lead at the two-minute mark of the third period. Right wing Michael Grabner took control of the puck at the Monarchs blueline and skated up the left wing boards. As members of the Monarchs took swipes at Grabner's stick and the puck, the right winger snapped a wrist shot on Bernier from the left face-off circle. Grabner's shot beat Bernier high on his blocker side for his 10th goal of the season.
Right wing Ryan Murphy scored his first goal of the season in his second game with the Monarchs to cut the Manitoba's lead to 4-2. Voynov sent a slap shot in on Goehring from the right point. The netminder made the save and the rebound bounced in front. Murphy picked up the puck and chipped the rebound in with a backhander at 11:34 of the final period. Center Brian Boyle earned an assist on the play.
Bernier (6-6-2) took his sixth loss of the season with 14 saves on 18 shots. Goehring (9-5-0) earned his ninth victory of the season with 22 saves.
Manchester went 0-for-5 on the power play. Manitoba was 1-for-3 with the man advantage.