Monarchs bear down on Grizzlies, 5-4, in overtimeBy PARKER WHEELER
March 16. 2018 10:54PM
MANCHESTER -- The Manchester Monarchs defeated the Utah Grizzlies, 5-4, in overtime on Friday night at SNHU Arena.
The Monarchs (37-20-3-2) scored 1:45 into overtime and topped the Grizzlies (25-24-7-6), 5-4, to extend their winning streak to four.
The Monarchs lit the lamp first when Michael Doherty scored his 15th goal of the season, at 4:26 of the first period. Matt Schmalz took a slapshot from the high slot, which bounced off Grizzlies goaltender, Joel Rumpel, to the left post, where Eric Schurhamer grabbed the rebound and tapped it to Doherty in front of the net, who buried a shot to make it 1-0, Monarchs.
Utah tied it up at 8:22 of the first period when Ryan Misiak scored his 14th goal of the season. Brendan Harms passed the puck across the neutral zone to Misiak, who brought the puck down to the right of Monarchs goaltender, Charles Williams, and shot the puck through the five-hole, to make it 1-1.
The Grizzlies took the lead at 16:05 of the first period on the 2nd goal of the season by Mitch Maxwell. Travis Howe brought the puck into the slot from behind the goal and sent a pass to Maxwell in the right circle. Maxwell kicked the puck to his stick and fired a wrist shot over the glove of Williams, to give Utah a 2-1 lead.
Manchester evened the score at 4:02 of the second period, when Spencer Watson scored a power-play goal, his 18th of the season. Matt Marcinew passed the puck to Jordan LaVallee-Smotherman behind Utah’s net, where LaVallee-Smotherman tried to slip the puck past Rumpel who made a kick save, where the rebound went to Watson, who put it in the back of the net to make the score 2-2.
Utah pulled ahead on the power play, when Brendan Harms scored his 9th goal of the season, 8:18 into the second period. Tyler Richart passed the puck from the top of the left circle across the slot to Harms, who beat Williams, glove side, to make the score 3-2.
The Monarchs tied it up at 16:03 of the second period, when Eric Schurhamer scored his 3rd goal of the season on the power play. Alexx Privitera passed the puck from the blue line to Marcinew in the right circle, who fired it across the slot to Schurhamer on the point, where he took a shot through Utah’s defensemen and passed Rumpel, to even the score, 3-3.
The Grizzlies reclaimed the lead at 6:37 of the third period when Jake Marchment scored his 14th goal of the season. Travis Howe passed the puck from the right faceoff dot, across the slot to Marchment, who buried it in the back of the net to make the score 4-3.
Manchester tied the game when Ashton Rome scored his 7th goal of the season at 8:06 of the third period. Jared Kolquist, in his debut, took a shot from just inside the blue line, where Rome tipped it in from the front of the net, over the shoulder of Rumpel, to tie the score, 4-4.
The Monarchs won the game at 1:45 of the overtime frame, on the 11th goal of the season for Marcinew. Doherty sent a pass into the slot, where it hit off the skate of Martin Nemcik and bounced in front of the crease, where Marcinew gathered the rebound and flipped a shot past a diving Rumpel, to give the Monarchs a 5-4 victory.
The Monarchs are back in action Saturday, Mar. 17, at 6 p.m. for the second game of the weekend series against the Utah Grizzlies from SNHU Arena.
Jared Kolquist picked up an assist in his professional debut.
There were six fighting majors during the game.
The Monarchs scored first for the first time in 11 games.