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Monarchs give up final three goals in 5-2 loss.

No payoff for Monarchs

The Manchester Monarchs outshot the Connecticut Whale, 41-29, but allowed three unanswered goals after a 2-2 tie to fall at home, 5-2, last night.

After falling behind 2-0 after the first period, the Monarchs tied the game on a pair of goals by Marc-Andre Cliche less than a minute apart in the second period. His first goal at 13:18 came on the power play and was assisted by Jake Muzzin and Andrei Loktionov. He then tied things at the 14:04 mark with assists from Stefan Leguin and Richard Clune.

The Whale went ahead 3-2 with 24 seconds left in the third, then put the game away with two goals in the third, the last an empty-netter from Kris Newbury (his second of the game and 10th of the season) with 46 seconds left.

Manchester (12-12-2-2) used two goalies – Martin Jones made 19 saves on 23 shots and Peter Mannino saved all five shots he saw. Cameron Talbot made 39 saves for Connecticut (12-13-2-0).

The Monarchs remain home to face the Portland Pirates tonight at 7.

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