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Monarchs blow two-goal lead on way to 4-3 shootout loss to Hartford

The Hartford Wolf Pack scored two goals 24 seconds apart in the third period to force overtime and the Manchester Monarchs fell in the shootout for a 4-3 road loss last night.

Tyler Toffoli scored (Linden Vey assist) in the first period and Tanner Pearson scored in the second to give the Monarchs 1-0 and 2-1 leads, then rookie defenseman Colin Miller scored his first professional goal on a power play (Toffoli and Nick Deslauriers assists) to give Manchester a 3-1 lead 14:41 into the second period.

Marek Hrivik and Aaron Johnson (shorthanded goal) scored for Hartford with 5:55 and 5:31 left in regulation to force overtime. The Monarchs’ Vey missed a penalty shot with 24 seconds left in overtime.

Monarchs goaltender Martin Jones (29 saves) stopped three of five shots in the shootout, while Wolf Pack goalie Cam Talbot (29 saves) stopped four of five.

Despite the loss, the Monarchs (3-0-0-2, eight points) still lead the Atlantic Division, while the Wolf Pack (4-0-0-1, nine points) lead the Northeast Division.

The Monarchs play their home opener tonight at 7 p.m. at the Verizon Wireless Arena against the Providence Bruins.

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