PORTLAND, ME – It took a nine-round shootout to determine the winner as the Portland Pirates narrowly edged the Manchester Monarchs, 3-2 in a shootout at the Cumberland County Civic Center on Tuesday night.
Manchester (2-2-0-1) is in fourth place in the Atlantic Division with five points. Portland (5-1-0-0) is in first place in the Atlantic Division with 10 points.
“It was a gutsy effort to fight our way back in the third period,” explained Monarchs Head Coach Mark Morris. “We had a miscue on the bench at the end of the second period that put us a man down and game life to Portland. We stayed in it to the bitter end.
“(Jeff) Zatkoff did everything he could to keep us in the game. Give both goalies credit for a real strong effort.”
1st Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Kaunisto Mch (hooking), 1:15; Stuart Por (slashing), 15:46.
2nd Period-1, Manchester, King 4 (Campbell, Holloway), 15:37. Penalties-King Mch (slashing), 5:28; Nolan Mch (fighting), 7:51; Tropp Por (fighting), 7:51; Pelech Mch (roughing), 8:17; Conboy Por (roughing), 8:17; Conboy Por (interference), 15:48; served by Nolan Mch (bench minor - too many men), 20:00.
3rd Period-2, Portland, Adam 5 (Ellis, Parrish), 0:56 (PP). 3, Portland, Stuart 1 (Byron, Schiestel), 6:14 (PP). 4, Manchester, Kozun 3 (Voynov, Meckler), 19:45 (PP). Penalties-Nolan Mch (holding), 5:31; Lagace Por (cross-checking), 8:26; Pelech Mch (tripping), 11:59; Kozun Mch (tripping), 15:22; Ellis Por (tripping), 15:58; Kolomatis Mch (holding), 17:26; Ellis Por (tripping), 18:59.
OT Period- No Scoring.Penalties-No Penalties
Shootout - Manchester 1 (Holloway NG, Meckler NG, Kozun NG, Nolan NG, Mullen NG, Pelech NG, Elkins NG, Voynov G, Kolomatis NG), Portland 2 (Adam NG, Mancari NG, Byron NG, Crawford NG, Gragnani NG, Parrish NG, Stuart NG, Tropp G, Whitmore G).
Shots on Goal-Manchester 8-8-15-6-0-37. Portland 9-18-8-3-1-39.
Power Play Opportunities-Manchester 1 / 5; Portland 2 / 7.