Four Power-Play Goals Key Manchester's 6-1 Win
The Manchester Monarchs (25-10-2-2) scored four power-play goals on just six chances and scored the final five goals in a 6-1 win over the Elmira Jackals (9-23-5-0) Saturday night at SNHU Arena.
In a tightly contested first period, the Monarchs came away with a 1-0 lead on the strength of a late power-play goal. The play started with a breakaway from Jackals forward Kenton Miller late on his penalty kill shift. He scooped up the puck at the left circle and cut toward goalie Jonah Imoo. Miller's backhand shot was kicked out by the left pad of Imoo and Teddy Doherty picked up the rebound for Manchester. Doherty fired a pass ahead for Joey Diamond, who got in behind the Jackals defense. At the right circle he got away from the backchecking defense and cut into the slot before snapping home a power-play goal with 1:45 to play in the first period.
The Jackals tied the game in the second period on a right circle shot from Guy Leboeuf. Casey Thrush and Charlie Mosey pried the puck free in the left corner and Mosey sent a pass to the right point to Leboeuf. The Jackals defenseman skated into the right circle and wristed a shot through traffic for his second goal of the season at 8:30, tying the game 1-1.
Elmira came close to taking the lead on the ensuing shift, but then they took a too many men on the ice penalty, which turned the game back into Manchester's favor. The Monarchs capitalized with a power-play goal from Kevin Morris, a deflection in the slot at 9:44. Less than a minute later, Ashton Rome fired home a one-timer at the left circle following a Jackals turnover to give the Monarchs a 3-1 advantage.
The Monarchs continued to pile it on late in the second period, with Rome scoring his second of the night for a 4-1 lead at 17:23. Diamond capped the second period flurry with a strong individual effort at the bottom of the left circle, blasting his way to the front of the next to get a shot on goal, which was saved, but then burying his own rebound with 18 seconds left in the period, making it 5-1.
The Jackals changed goalies to begin the third period as Tyler Parks made his ECHL regular season debut. Manchester greeted him with an early goal at 4:05, when Zac Lynch lifted a shot from the slot under the crossbar to make it a 6-1 game, which would hold up as the final score.
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