READING, PA – After getting shutout for the second time this month on Wednesday night, the Reading Royals returned home Friday night for the beginning of a four-game homestand as they took on the Manchester Monarchs. The contest was the third meeting of the regular season between these two North Division rivals out of nine.
With John Muse still up with the Phantoms, Mark Dekanich got the call again to start in net for the Royals. As for the Monarchs, head coach Richard Seeley started Charlie Williams in net. Last time Williams faced the Royals, he stopped all 19 shots he faced in a 5-0 Manchester win.
Five minutes into the game the Monarchs were awarded a questionable penalty shot as Chase Golightly clipped Zac Lynch on a breakaway. However, Dekanich made a huge save keeping the game scoreless for the time being. It was the second time this season Lynch failed to score via a penalty shot against the Royals. Less than 2 minutes after the penalty shot the Royals struck first on Michael Huntebrinker’s seventh goal of the season on a 2-on-1. Loic Leduc and Derek Whitmore picked up the assists.
The Monarchs would come out flying to begin the second period as just 15 seconds into the period Sam Kruker puts the Monarchs on the board. The tie game would only last 17 seconds as Matt Marcinew found the back of the net for the sixth time this season to give the Monarchs the lead. Manchester captain David Kolomatis picked up his second assist of the night and Alexx Privitera would get on the score sheet this go around. The Monarchs would not go away as Jordan LaVallee-Smotherman found the back of the net for the lucky 13th time this season to give the Monarchs a two-game lead. The Royals would answer back as Huntebrinker squeaked one past Williams on the power play to cut the Manchester lead in half, but LaVallee-Smotherman would put Manchester up comfortably after he drove right out in front and tickled the twine for the second time on the night to put Manchester up 4-2.
The Monarchs wouldn’t take the foot off the peddle in the third period as Spencer Watson capped off the scoring just 4:26 into the final frame. Matt Schmalz and Mikkel Aagaard would each pick up the assists on the final goal of the night. When the final horn sounded most fans have made their ways to the exits as the Monarchs handed the Royals their fourth straight loss by the score of 5-2.
These two teams will be back in action against each other tonight at Santander Arena. Puck drop is at 7:00 pm EST.