Manchester (11-7-1-1) recorded their seventh loss of the season and remains in second place in the Atlantic Division with 24 points. The Bruins (8-6-2-1) remain in fifth place in the Atlantic Division with 19 points.
“There were some funny bounces but mentally, I don’t think we were all there,” said Monarchs Head Coach Mark Morris. “The four (games) in five (nights) takes its toll. We have to make sure we’re mentally prepared to grind it out when you’re low on fuel.”
Forward Jeremy Reich put the Bruins up 2-1 at 3:37 of the second period. Right wing David Ling received a pass from Zach Hamill at the top of the right circle. Ling put the puck on net with a turn around wrist shot. The shot was deflected to the stick of Reich who was camped out in the slot. Reich turned around and put a wrist shot up and over the shoulder of goaltender Jeff Zatkoff for his fourth goal of the year.
The first goal of the game came on a wrist shot by defenseman Jeff Penner from the left circle at 12:56 of the first period. When the puck was being cycled around the net, Zatkoff lost sight of the puck, leaving a gaping space between him and the net. Penner found the empty net and scored his second goal of the season. The score was assisted by defenseman Steven Kampfer and right wing Kirk MacDonald.
At 13:33 of the second period, left wing David Meckler attempted a penalty shot. The shot beat netminder Michael Hutchinson on his glove side but rang it off the post. The penalty shot was the result of a hooking penalty on a breakaway.
Center Oscar Moller’s power play goal evened the score at 1-1 at 14:53 of the first period. Center Brayden Schenn found a streaking Moller for a one-timer that beat Hutchinson on his blocker side. The goal was Moller’s second tally of the season and Schenn recorded his second assist in three games with the Monarchs. Center Andrei Loktionov also assisted on the Monarchs lone goal.
The third goal of the game was scored by Bruins center Joe Colborne as he took the pass at the top of the right circle from Kampfer for the wrist shot. The puck was then deflected by a Monarchs defenseman and past Zatkoff who was screened in front of the net. The goal was Colborne’s sixth goal of the year and was also assisted by center Jamie Arniel.
Providence’s fourth goal of the game came on a wrist shot by Kampfer at 8:42 of the second period. Right winger Jordan Knackstedt found a hustling Kampfer streaking down the right wing. As Kampfer crossed the blueline, he gained more speed into offensive zone. The speed gave Kampfer just enough daylight to get a wrist shot off from the right face-off circle. The shot beat Zatkoff top shelf. Left wing Antoine Roussel assisted on the final goal of the game.
Zatkoff (7-6-1) took his sixth loss of the season with 10 saves on 14 shots before he was replaced by goaltender Martin Jones midway through the second period. Jones stopped all 17 shots he faced in relief of Zatkoff. Hutchinson (5-2-0) won his fifth game of the season, stopping 27-of-28 shots he faced.
Manchester was 1-for-4 on the power play. Providence was 0-for-6 with the man advantage.
Notables: The Monarchs four-game winning streak, which began on November 14, came to an end with today’s loss…Left wing David Meckler’s penalty shot was the team’s 29 penalty shot in team history and fourth consecutive penalty shot against the Providence Bruins…Manchester was awarded two penalty shots against Providence on October 16, 2010, converting on one of them…The Monarchs are 6-for-29 on penalty shots in franchise history for a 20.9% conversion rate…Meckler’s only other penalty shot attempt, also a miss, came against the now-defunct Lowell Devils on January 4, 2009.
The Monarchs will travel to the MassMutual Center for a 7:00 p.m. contest against the Springfield Falcons on Wednesday, November 24. Catch all of the play-by-play action of Monarchs hockey with Ken Cail on the Monarchs Radio Network WGAM 900/1250 AM and at www.manchestermonarchs.com.