The Springfield Pics dropped a close one to the New Hampshire Junior Monarchs Saturday afternoon 3-1.
After a scoreless first, the Monarchs opened up the frame with a goal from Balint Pakozdi. Mika Briere and Tyler Sutton were credited with the assist.
The Monarchs scored again in the 3rd period with a shot from Josef Staif. Pakozdi was credited with the assist.
The Pics made Monarchs goaltender Peter Barry pay after a poor clear attempt. Tucker Malinowski found Pat O'Brien breaking to the goal to score the first goal of the game for the Pics at 10:05 of the third.
Casey Sturgeon sealed the deal with a pass from Pakozdi and Briere.
Monarchs goaltender had 27 saves in the win, and Pics goaltender Joe Haurle had 49 in the loss.
The two teams meet again tomorrow at 4:00pm at the Olympia Ice Center.