Manchester, New Hampshire - The Manchester Monarchs defeated the Utah Grizzlies 3-2 in overtime Saturday night at SNHU Arena.
Utah is now unbeaten in regulation in 12 of their last 13 games at 8-1-2-2 as they settled for standings points each of the last two nights against the North Division leading Monarchs.
“We played hard for 60-plus minutes,” said Head Coach/General Manager Tim Branham. “Really proud of our effort, that was good hockey.”
The Grizzlies took a 1-0 lead 5:04 into the first period as Chris Leibinger fed Kyle Thomas ahead for his 11th goal of the season as he fired in transition from the right circle. Brad Navin also added an assist.
Manchester tied the game shorthanded 7:49 into the second period and took the lead 5:37 later at 13:26 of the period to go up 2-1.
Taylor Richart (17) blasted in a slapshot to tie the contest with 13 seconds left on a power-play and with 1:13 left in the second period as Ryan Misiak and Ryan Walters drew assists.
Utah outshot Manchester 8-4 in the third period as they killed an early penalty.
Joel Rumpel (7-3-2-2, with Utah and 18-10-2-2 overall) stopped 18 of 21 shots in the contest as the Grizzlies outshot Manchester 30-21.
The Grizzlies complete their trip Sunday in Worcester at 1 p.m.
The Grizzlies return home for our next All New Wild Wednesday with Lower Bowl Tickets starting at $10 and free refills on 44 ounce soft drinks and one free refill on popcorn.
Metro PCS Pack The House
Friday, March 23 at 7 p.m. is our final Metro PCS Pack The House Friday. Fans can get vouchers to purchase $8 tickets for the game at any Wasatch Front area Metro PCS location. The Grizzlies drew 7,028 fans to Friday’s first Metro PCS Pack The House Friday. The offer is for any available seat in the arena, excluding Rinkside tickets.
Ford Food Drive
Fans are asked to bring a can of food to the game on Friday, March 23 for our Ford Food Drive. Fans who donate will receive a free ticket voucher to redeem to attend our game on Friday, April 6.
Military Appreciation Night
Saturday, March 24 is Military Appreciation Night Presented by Mark Miller Subaru. The Grizzlies will be wearing specialty uniforms that will be auctioned off live after the game with all proceeds benefitting multiple military charities.