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February 08. 2014 9:56PM

Monarchs can't catch Providence


Manchester Monarchs players skate on the pink ice during warm ups before taking on the Providence Bruins Saturday at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester. It was Pink In The Rink night. (/Union Leader)

The Manchester Monarchs were forced to play catch-up against the Providence Bruins at Verizon Wireless Arena Saturday night.

In the end, however, the Monarchs weren't able to reel in the Bruins as Manchester fell, 3-2.

The Monarchs are now 30-14-2-5 (67 points) and remain atop the AHL's Atlantic Division.

With the win, Providence improves to 25-18-1-6 (57 points) good for third place in the Atlantic Division.

Providence grabbed the lead late in the first period Saturday night on a Matt Fraser goal, assisted by Ryan Spooner and Ben Youds.

Nick Deslauriers evened things up for the Monarchs at 7:45 of the second period with an unassisted goal, but Providence regained the lead on a goal from Andrew Cherniwchan at 14:25, assisted by Rob Flick.

Providence boosted its lead to 3-1 early in the third period on a goal by Mike Moore, assisted by Anthony Camara and Alexander Khokhlachev.

The Monarchs answered Moore's goal with one of their own as Linden Vey notched his 10th tally of the season to make it 3-2 at 6:27 of the third period. Vey's power-play goal was assisted by Deslauriers and Tyler Toffoli.

Manchester applied pressure late in an attempt to score the equalizer, but Providence goaltender Niklas Svedberg (31 saves) was up to the task to preserve the win.

The Monarchs outshot the Bruins 16-7 in the third period.

Manchester goaltender Martin Jones made 18 saves for the Monarchs.

The Monarchs return to action today with a 3 p.m. home game against Albany.


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