The Manchester Monarchs began a three-game series against the Greenville Swamp Rabbits on Thursday night and it did not end as they would have hoped.
It took overtime for the Monarchs to open the series with a victory on Thursday night. The Monarchs jumped out to a 2-0 lead after two periods with goals from defenseman Matt MacKenzie and Max Kitsyn. Greenville scored two straight goals in the third period to send the game to an extra frame, where Gasper Kopitar scored just 1:33 in to seal the victory.
On Saturday night, the Swamp Rabbits returned to the Verizona Wireless Arena and came out with the shootout victory. This time, it was Greenville who held the 2-0 lead going into the third period and the Monarchs scored two straight to tie it. Those goals came from Kopitar and rookie Matt Leiter, but a goal from Scott Fleming in the shootout gave Greenville its first win of the series.
Michael Boivin of the Monarchs was thought to have scored in the shootout, but a discussion between the officials determined he did not. Monarchs goalie Colin Stevens was a scratch on Sunday afternoon as well, leaving Cedrick Desjardens in net. He suffered an upper body injury and third-string Doug Carr had to replace him, and made 26 saves.
The last game of the series took place on Sunday afternoon. It was the third straight overtime contest, and the second straight shootout, and also the third straight 3-2 final.
Manchester led 2-0 in the third period after a second period tally from Darik Angeli and a third period goal from Derek Arnold. However, Greenville stormed back with two straight goals and took the game to overtime. In the shootout, Manchester was shutout by Swamp Rabbits goaltender Mackenzie Skapski and Greenville picked up the second straight victory.
Manchester falls to 20-11-0-2 on the season. The Monarchs hit the road this week where they face division rival Adirondack Thunder on Wednesday night and they will face the Elmira Jackals on Friday and Saturday.