MANCHESTER, NH – Center Geoff Platt scored two power play goals including the game-winner as the Portland Pirates squeezed out a 3-2 overtime win to drop the Manchester Monarchs in front of 6,769 fans at the Verizon Wireless Arena on Thursday night.
Manchester (13-13-4-1) is in fifth place in the Atlantic Division with 31 points. Portland (18-12-2-1) is in third place in the Atlantic Division with 39 points.
At 3:51 of the overtime period, Platt ended the game with a power play goal, deflecting a shot from center Andrew Ebbett in front of the Monarchs net. A blazing shot by Ebbett toward Manchester netminder Erik Ersberg's net was clipped by Platt's stick. An airborne puck jumped up and over Ersberg's left shoulder before the shot could be defended. Portland's center Jason King earned the follow-up assist on the goal. The game-winner was Platt's second goal of the night, both coming on the power play.
Following a scoreless first period, Portland took the first tally of the game at 2:04 of the second frame on the power play. A levy of passes between the Pirates culminated into a rocket shot from Platt at the top of the right face-off circle, burning Ersberg top shelf. A cross-ice feed from the left face-off circle by King led to the goal. Center Matt Keith was also awarded an assist on the play.
The Monarchs responded late in the second period with a goal of their own at the 15:16 mark. As center Trevor Lewis fought for the puck just outside Portland goaltender Gerald Coleman's net, he missed on a turnaround shot to Coleman's left that set up the eventual goal. With left wing Matt Moulson perched in front of the net, a quick chop at the puck lit the lamp for the Monarchs first goal of the night. Right wing Teddy Purcell also earned an assist, his 29th of the season.
Just 61-seconds later, the Monarchs added another goal to push the score to 2-1. An uncontested one-timer by defenseman Richard Petiot from just inside the blueline found its way through traffic and into the back of Portland's net at 16:17 of the second period. A quick feed by defenseman Jon Klemm was gathered by Lewis, who curled the puck to a waiting Petiot. The defenseman's shot then slivered through traffic beating Coleman glove side for his first goal of the season. Klemm's contribution was his first assist and point of the year.
Portland evened the score at 13:09 of the third stanza as King bulleted a shot over Ersberg's glove. Ebbett divvied a pass to King as he barreled down the right wing, letting a shot off from just inside the face-off circle. Defenseman Brendan Mikkelson also earned an assist on the play.
Manchester went 0-for-4 on the power play. Portland was 2-for-5 with the man advantage.
Ersberg stopped 32 of the 35 shots he faced in the loss while Coleman prevented 30-of-32 shots for the victory.