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Officially Speaking, Pack A No-Show

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MANCHESTER, N.H. -- With a shot to gain a share of the Atlantic Division lead for the first time in three weeks, one would have thought the Wolf Pack would emerge from their recent doldrums.

But the Pack allowed the first eight shots and 20 in the first period as the Manchester Monarchs parlayed a few fortuitous bounces and scored three power-play goals in a 5-2 victory Wednesday night.

"We had beat them three times in a row and had a lot at stake, but we didn't show up like there was enough at stake," Chad Wiseman said. "We weren't sharp mentally or physically the first two periods [while outshot 31-11]."

The top-ranked penalty-killing unit also allowed three power-play goals for the second game in a row as the Pack lost back-to-back games for the first time since a 0-3-1-1 skid Nov. 14-26. They hadn't allowed more than two power-play goals until a 6-4 loss at Bridgeport Sunday. Some of the problems can be attributed to being without two of their top penalty killers, Jed Ortmeyer and captain Ken Gernander. Both are expected to return Friday at Providence.

The Monarchs were fortunate on their first power-play goal. Joe Rullier's shot during a 5-on-3 was headed wide of the net but deflected off Pack center Dominic Moore's skate and past goalie Steve Valiquette for a 2-1 lead with 3:23 left in the first. Then George Parros scored the Monarchs' second with a man advantage when Tim Gleason's shot deflected off him and past a screened Valiquette to make it 3-1 at 5:10 of the second. Wiseman was hooked down without a penalty being called but his protest to referee Dave Hansen was fruitless.

"He didn't say anything to me," Wiseman said. "He won't talk to you sometimes, and maybe he saw me too much the last two games. He just shuts me out and won't listen when you try to talk to him. But you can't blame the game on him. There might have been some bad officiating, but the bottom line is we didn't come to play."

The loss dropped the Pack (32-14-1-2) four points behind the Monarchs (33-9-3-2).

"A lot of things happened in the game because of reaction," Pack coach Ryan McGill said. "You have to be smart, but it's hard to hold back your reaction. That's two games in a row with the same guy [Hansen], so I'm sure there's a little frustration. But we didn't have a lot of energy going into the game, so you put those things together and you're pushing on an uphill battle."

The Monarchs took a 1-0 lead on the game's eighth shot as David Steckel deflected Bryce Lampman's clearing attempt to Parros, who broke in off right wing and fired a shot that trickled in off Valiquette at 4:24. The Pack tied it on their first power play when Alexandre Giroux's shot from the top of the right circle went in off Mathieu Garon's glove at 6:14.

After Rullier's bank shot, Noah Clarke's power-play goal at 17:07 sent Valiquette to the bench after allowing four goals on 30 shots. The Pack got to 4-2 as Wiseman converted Moore's pass on a power play at 10:52 of the third, but Gleason's 150-foot flip found an empty net with 51.4 seconds left.

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