Manchester (12-9-0-1) ranks second in the Atlantic Division with 25 points. The Sound Tigers (10-7-3-1) are in second place in the Northeast Division with 24 points.
“This afternoon, we played pretty well after a three hour and ten minute bus trip to Bridgeport,” said Monarchs Head Coach Mark Morris. “Both teams battled hard throughout the game. In overtime, we were fortunate to get one by their goalie to end it. We are finding ways to win tight games. Winning was elusive early on but we are making headway and moving in the right direction. Puck luck happens when teams work hard and are determined in their efforts. It’s a good feeling to see this bunch enjoying themselves. Their efforts are being rewarded right now.”
Monarchs defenseman David Kolomatis
tallied his third goal of the season, a game-winning strike, at 4:13 of overtime. Right wing Jordan Nolan
chipped the puck down the boards to right wing Linden Vey
behind the Sound Tigers net. Vey found Kolomatis coming down from the left point and sent a pass through traffic. Kolomatis corralled the pass and wristed a shot that got blocked by the defender. The defenseman followed up his own rebound with a backhander that beat Sound Tigers goaltender Kevin Poulin half way up on the stick side.
The Sound Tigers opened the scoring off the stick of right wing Rhett Rakhshani at 8:11 of the first period. Sound Tigers forward Tyler McNeely gained the offensive zone along the right wing boards before sending a hard pass to defenseman Aaron Ness at the left face-off circle. Ness wristed a shot on Monarchs netminder Martin Jones
that produced a rebound to the weak side. Rakhshani tipped in the loose puck for his first goal of the season.
Left wing Scott Howes gave the Sound Tigers a 2-0 lead at 1:59 of the middle stanza. Sound Tigers right wing Tomas Marcinko passed the puck from the left corner to Howes behind the net. Howes skated to the front of the net and slid an ice level shot to the far side of the net for his third goal of the season.
The Monarchs cut the deficit to 2-1 with a goal by right wing David Meckler
. Monarchs center Marc-Andre Cliche
corralled a loose puck in the defensive zone before passing it to Meckler. The right wing skated the length of the ice before wristing a shot from the top of the right face-off circle. Meckler’s fifth goal of the season came at 5:51 of the second period.
Right wing Brandon Kozun
tied the game at 2-2 only 47 seconds after Meckler’s strike. Kozun grabbed a loose puck in the neutral zone and skated down the right slot on a 2-on-1 with Nolan in the left slot. With Kozun’s initial shot stopped by Poulin, the right wing slapped in his own rebound for his fifth goal of the season at 6:38 of the middle stanza.
Bridgeport answered 1:33 later when left wing Tim Wallace tipped in a shot for his ninth goal of the season. Sound Tigers left wing Casey Cizikas started the play by chipping the puck down the left wing boards to Wallace in the near corner. Wallace found left wing Justin DiBenedetto at the top of the left face-off circle. DiBenedetto wristed a shot high on Jones’ stick side where Wallace tipped the puck into the net at 8:11 of the second period.
The Monarchs tied the game in the third period after executing a 3-on-2 scoring chance. Center Cam Paddock gained the Sound Tigers zone along the right wing boards with Nolan and Vey. Paddock found Vey at the left face-off circle where he wristed the puck past Poulin at 4:26 of the third period.
The Monarchs took their first lead of the game at 7:30 of the third period on Vey’s second goal of the game. Vey beat out a Sound Tigers defenseman for a loose puck and immediately wristed a shot to the far side of the net from inside the right face-off circle. The right wing’s tally was his sixth goal of the season and his second goal of the night.
The Sound Tigers tied the game at 4-4 on the power play at 13:26 of the third period off an offensive zone face-off win. Wallace won the draw to Cizikas who promptly passed it back to defenseman Dylan Reese at the right point. Reese released a slap shot through traffic that found the top left corner of the net for his second goal of the season.
Jones (7-7-0) earned his seventh victory of the season stopping 30-of-34 shots. Poulin (5-6-0) took his sixth loss and second overtime loss of the season making 28 saves on 33 shots.
Manchester went 0-for-3 on the power play. Bridgeport was 1-for-6 with the man advantage. Notables:
The Monarchs won their sixth consecutive game…The Monarchs finish November with a record of 8-2-0-1…The Monarchs are 8-3-0-1 in one-goal games this season including 6-0-0-0 during their six-game win-streak…Monarchs right wing Jordan Nolan
has seven points (4-3=7) in his last five games…Monarchs right wing Linden Vey
had three points (2-1=3) in the game, his first three-point game in his professional career…Goaltender Martin Jones
has a three-game winning-streak.