Monarchs lose late lead, but win in Saturday night shootout
The Manchester Monarchs’ home opener against the Providence Bruins was a back-and-forth affair that went to overtime and then a shootout before the Monarchs came away with a 5-4 win.
“We got a lead and had a hard time hanging on to it. (We had) some risky plays and poor decisions that allowed them back in the game,” said Monarchs head coach Mark Morris. “We got the two points, but it wasn’t exactly how we drew it up and we should have had that win in regulation much like we should have had (Friday’s shootout win in Hartford) in regulation. We got two points, but it doesn’t feel like it.”
Providence scored with just 24.1 seconds remaining in regulation, tying the game at 4-4 and forcing the extra hockey. Carter Camper won a faceoff in the left circle in the Manchester end, getting the puck to Seth Griffith, who passed to Matt Fraser for a shot from the slot to beat Jones.
“That’s what happens when guys don’t take responsibility for their jobs,” Morris said. “Our systems are in place and if we execute them, they work. But we seem to want to deviate at some pretty important points in the game and every game has its defining moments. We caved in a little bit in those instances.”
Trailing 3-1, Providence pulled back within a goal at 8:16 of the third period with a shorthanded tally. Alexander Fallstrom raced in alone on the Manchester cage, but was denied by Jones. The rebound popped in the air and hit trailing Bruin Justin Florek, then bounced into the net.
The Bruins tied the game at 3-3 at 13:33. Defenseman David Warsofky’s shot was stopped by Jones, but Griffith was camped on the right post and banged the rebound home to set the stage for the final two goals and eventual overtime.
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