Starting his 100th game in net for the Monarchs, Martin Jones (7-11-2) came up on the short end of a shootout with the Springfield Falcons, 3-2.
The loss for Manchester drops the Monarchs to fourth place in the Atlantic division (12-11-2-2) while Springfield continues to lead the Northeast division with 35 points (15-5-2-3).
With thousands of stuffed animals in the stands just waiting to be hurled onto the ice for the annual Teddy Bear Toss, Curtis McElhinney (14-3-2) did his best to keep them off. McElhinney, who’s NHL resume include stints with the Calgary Flames, Anaheim Ducks and Ottawa Senators, took a shutout into the early stages of the third period before Thomas Hickey fired a wrister from the right point that beat McElhinney low glove side to even the game at 1-1. Hickey’s second goal of the season stopped play for 10 minutes as the cleanup crew cleared the ice of stuffed toys.
When play resumed, it looked like Manchester had found the key to getting the puck past McElhinney as Brandon Kozun, on a two on one rush, also went glove side sending a wrister just under the crossbar to give the Monarchs a 2-1 lead.
A Jonathan Audy-Marchessault one-timer at 13:12 of the third frame tied the at 2.
After a scoreless overtime period the game had to be settled with a shootout.
Springfield snipers Cam Atkinson and center Nick Drazenovic each beat Jones in the shootout while McElhinney stopped all four Manchester shooters.