Mancari’s goal lifts Pirates over Monarchs in shootout


Portland erased a two-goal deficit in the third period and went on to a 4-3 win over Manchester on Tuesday at Alfond Arena on the campus of the University of Maine.

Mark Mancari was held without a point in regulation for the first time in his last 10 AHL games, but he scored the eventual winning goal for the Pirates in the third round of a shootout.

With the Pirates trailing 3-1 entering the final stanza, Aaron Slattengren scored at 5:17, and Colton Fretter netted the equalizer at the 12:19 mark. Fretter now shows five goals over his last three games, and seven in his last five outings.

Colin Murphy also scored in regulation for the Pirates, and Marc-Andre Gragnani chipped in a pair of assists. Rookie Tim Kennedy and Mancari each netted shootout goals for Portland.

Defenseman Andrew Campbell and captain Marty Murray posted a goal and an assist apiece in regulation for the Monarchs, while Michel Leveille also lit the lamp.

Manchester’s lone shootout goal came off the stick of Vladimir Dravecky in the fourth round. The Monarchs fell to 1-3-0-1 since reeling off a six-game winning streak.

Three different players scored as San Antonio secured its fourth straight win, a 3-2 decision over Rochester on Tuesday at the AT&T Center.

Jeff Hoggan, David Schlemko, and Simon Ferguson netted goals for the Rampage in the winning effort.

San Antonio goaltender Josh Tordjman only had to make 13 saves to pick up the win, as his club held a 31-15 advantage in shots. Tordjman has been in net for all four games of the Rampage’s current winning streak.

Stefan Meyer and Kenndal McArdle lit the lamp for the Americans, who failed in their attempt to win consecutive games for the first time all season. Rochester visits Houston on Wednesday.