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Monarchs score six unanswered goals to beat Portland, 7-4

Zach O’Brien scored two of Manchester’s four unanswered goals in the third period as the Monarchs rallied from a 4-1 deficit to beat the Portland Pirates, 7-4, yesterday.

Portland (16-19-2-7) broke on top 3-1 after one period then made it 4-1 just two minutes into the second on Tobias Rieder’s power-play goal.

Then, midway through the middle frame, Tanner Pearson scored his 16th goal of the season to spark a string of six consecutive Monarchs goals. Ian O’Connor’s first goal of the season late in the second period pulled Manchester (30-13-2-5) within a goal, 4-3, heading into the third.

Then, Manchester broke loose with three goals in a span of 2:03 to take the lead, 6-4. Colin Miller started the barrage, followed by O’Brien and Hunter Bishop. O’Brien tacked on an insurance goal with eight minutes to play to finish the scoring. Sean Backman also scored for Manchester in the first period.

Mathias Niederberger lasted just the first period in goal for the Monarchs, with J.F. Berube making 17 saves over the final two periods for the win.

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