WORCESTER, Mass. – The Manchester Monarchs beat the Worcester Railers, 4-1, Sunday afternoon at the DCU Center.
The Monarchs (34-20-3-2) scored three second-period goals to defeat the Railers (26-24-4-3), 4-1, and snap their five-game losing streak.
The Railers started the scoring at 10:20 of the first period, on the 9th goal of the season by Matt Lane. Kyle McKenzie wristed a shot towards goal from the left point that was blocked in front, where Lane picked up the rebound and sent a shot past the blocker of Monarchs goaltender, Evan Cowley, to give the Railers a 1-0 lead.
Manchester tied the game at 2:54 of the second period on the 3rd goal of the season by Rob Hamilton. Matt Marcinew pulled up along the left hashmarks and sent a pass back to Hamilton at the left point, where he took a stride towards the top of the circles and fired a shot over the glove of Railers goaltender, Will King, to tie the game, 1-1.
The Monarchs took the lead at 8:36 of the second period, on the power play, on the 6th goal of the season by Keegan Iverson. Hamilton held the puck at the blue line and skated towards the slot, where he sent a pass to Iverson in the right circle. Iverson sniped a shot, over the glove of King, to make the score, 2-1.
Manchester added to their lead at 12:01 of the second period on the 18th goal of the season for Matt Schmalz. Michael Doherty sent a pass to Schmalz as he entered the offensive zone along the right wing, where he skated into the right circle and wristed a shot, over the shoulder of King, to give the Monarchs a 3-1 lead.
The Monarchs added an empty-net goal at 18:41 of the third period, by Spencer Watson, scoring his 17th goal of the season. Watson picked off a pass at center ice and sent a shot into the empty net from the red line, to push the Monarchs lead to, 4-1.
The Monarchs are back in action Friday, Mar. 9 (7 p.m.) when they take on the Adirondack Thunder from the Cool Insuring Arena in Glens Falls, N.Y.
Will King made his Worcester Railers debut in goal.
Evan Cowley made 30 saves on 31 shots.
The Monarchs moved back into first place with today’s victory.
Photo Credit: Rich Tilton
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