MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Manchester Monarchs received two goals from Zac Lynch and 23 saves from Branden Komm on their way to a 3-1 victory over the Worcester Railers on Saturday night at SNHU Arena.
The Monarchs (22-12-3-1) won despite being outshot by the Railers (15-16-3-2), 31-24, their first win when being outshot since Dec. 20.
The Monarchs opened the scoring when Zac Lynch netted his 17th goal of the season at 15:14 of the first period. While on the penalty kill, Michael Doherty blocked a shot in his own zone and cleared the puck high into the air. Lynch won the race to the puck with Railers goaltender, Mitch Gillam, in the high slot, grabbed the puck in the low right circle and fired the puck high into the open net to put the Monarchs up, 1-0.
The Railers tied the game when Kellen Jones scored his 9th goal of the season at 7:13 of the second period. Jones took a shot from the top of the left circle that ricocheted off Komm, but Barry Almeida tipped the rebound back to Jones in the slot, where he buried the puck into the back of the net.
Matt Buckles gave the Monarchs the lead back when he scored his 6th goal of the season at 13:23 of the third period. Seconds after a Monarchs power play began, Spencer Watson won a face-off back to the right point to David Kolomatis, who fired a wrister that Buckles tipped on its way to the net to put the Monarchs up, 2-1.
The Monarchs sealed the game when Lynch scored his second goal of the night at 18:44 of the final frame. Lynch took a serpentine route out of his defensive zone and flipped a backhand from the blue line into the empty net with Gillam pulled, to end the scoring, 3-1.
The Monarchs complete their three-game series Sunday, Jan. 14 (3 p.m.) when they battle the Reading Royals at SNHU Arena on NH Highway Safety Night.
David Kolomatis recorded the 160th assist of his North American career
The Monarchs scored their first power-play goal since Nov. 18
Martin Nemcik dropped the gloves with Yannick Turcotte at 3:22 of the first period
Matt Marcinew fought Mike Cornell at 4:45 of the second period
Jordan LaVallee-Smotherman and Ben Masella dropped the gloves at 9:13 of the third period
Worcester went 0-for-5 on the power play
Photo Credit: Steve Babineau
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