The Manchester Monarchs lost their third straight game on Wednesday night when they fell to the Adirondack Thunder, 5-2. At least in the previous two losses, the Monarchs had picked up points in overtime, but this was a regulation loss that showed off the worst of the Manchester defense.
Manchester trailed for the entire contest, not finding the back of the net until the third period. Adirondack took a 1-0 lead early in the first period and never looked back, holding a 3-0 lead until a Monarchs goal early in the final frame.
On the positive side, Robbie Donahue scored the first goal of his ECHL career. The other tally came from Max Kitsyn, who scored his 11th goal of the season. Manchester, who had a league leading five wins when trailing after two periods, could not come back however as the Thunder scored twice more in the third period.
It was the 100th professional point for Kitsyn, another bright spot in the loss. Colin Stevens picked up another start between the pipes, making 30 saves on 34 shots from the Thunder.
Kent Simpson picked up the win for the Thunder, who started over Ken Appleby, who leads the ECHL with a 2.41 goals against average.
The Monarchs lead the Thunder now by just one point in the east division and Adirondack has five games in hand. Manchester stays on the road this week with a two game set against the Elmira Jackals, who trail the Monarchs by just three points with two games in hand.