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Monarchs open season with shootout loss


The Manchester Monarchs fell by a 3-2 score in a shootout to the host Springfield Falcons in the AHL opener for both teams Saturday night.

Broc Little beat Manchester goalie Martin Jones with a high backhander in the fourth round of the shootout and Falcons goalie Jeremy Smith was perfect, stopping all five Manchester shooters to earn the win. The Falcons had a goal waved off in OT when it was ruled that Jones had tied the puck up prior to it being knocked into the net.

Jordan Weal gave Manchester a 1-0 lead at 5:58 of the first period. Weal converted a rebound chance off a Brandon Kozun shot for the first goal of the season.

Darryl Boyce tied the game for Springfield at 8:23, leaving the game knotted at 1-1 after one.

Tyler Toffoli gave Manchester a 2-1 lead at the 6:13 mark of the second period, but once again the advantage was short-lived as the Falcons tied the game on a goal from Michael Chaput 61 seconds later.

The teams skated a scoreless third period.

The Monarchs will play the Portland Pirates in Lewiston, Maine, on Wednesday in a game that was moved from a February date.


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Saturday, 8 p.m.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum Bailey presents Circus XTREME
Friday, 7 p.m.
Saturday, 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.,
Sunday, 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Moniff: 5th Annual Monadnock Int'l Film Festival
Friday, 9:30 a.m.,
Saturday, 9:30 a.m.,
Sunday, 9 a.m.

Earth Day Celebration
Friday, 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Greater Dover Home Show
Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.,
Sunday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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