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Monarchs crumble in third period, fall to Providence, 7-2

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Manchester Monarchs allowed five goals in the third period to fall to the Providence Bruins, 7-2, last night.

“Tonight’s first period was a typical workman-like effort we’ve come to appreciate,” Manchester Coach Mark Morris said. “Things dissipated in the second. By the third period, the wheels came off the wagon.”

Second-place Providence (12-7-1-2) pulled within seven points of Atlantic Division-leading Manchester (15-5-1-3) with the win.

The Bruins got on the board first with David Warsofsky scoring on the power play 7:55 into the game, but it took the Monarchs less than a minute to answer, with Nick Shore stuffing in the rebound of his own shot to tie the game. The Monarchs took their only lead of the game late in the opening frame when Scott Sabourin flipped in the rebound of a Chris Huxley slap shot.

Matt Fraser scored the first of his three goals midway through the second period to knot the game at 2-2, then Providence poured it on in the final period.

Craig Cunningham scored just 73 seconds into the frame for the eventual game-winner, then Fraser and Alexander Khokhlachev scored a minute apart for a 5-2 advantage just 7:35 into the period. Tommy Cross and Fraser concluded the scoring.

“It’s time for everyone to take a good look in the mirror and be more responsible and accountable,” Morris said. “We got our butts kicked.”

Providence outshot the Monarchs, 33-27, with Manchester goalie J.F. Berube matching his career high for goals allowed in a game and in a period.

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