GOFFSTOWN, NH – The Manchester Monarchs scored two third period goals to defeat the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, led by former Monarchs Assistant Coach Scott Pellerin, with a 2-0 victory at Sullivan Arena on Friday night.
Manchester (1-0-0-0) won their first game in exhibition play. Bridgeport (1-1-0-0) takes their first loss of the pre-season.
“We skated extremely well,” said Monarchs Head Coach Mark Morris. “Our energy was good; we were physical and I thought we created the type of compete level that we’re looking for with the adjustments we made to our systems.”
The Monarchs broke a scoreless tie just 28 seconds into the third period when right wing Jordan Nolan wristed a shot over the shoulder of Sound Tigers netminder Kevin Poulin. Nolan took the pass from Monarchs center Andrei Loktionov down the right wing leading to a two-on-one opportunity. Nolan skated in and launched a shot from just inside the right face-off circle for the eventual game-winning goal and his first tally of exhibition play.
The Monarchs received an insurance goal when Loktionov found the back of the net at 4:38 of the third period. Monarchs defenseman David Kolomatis took a shot from the top of the right face-off circle producing a rebound that was headed to the right corner of the zone. Loktionov grabbed the puck out of the air with his glove, dropped it to the ice and lifted a tough angle shot over the outstretched Poulin. Loktionov’s first goal of the exhibition season was also assisted by right wing Brandon Kozun.
Monarchs netminder Martin Jones (0-0-0) made saves on all nine shots he faced. Monarchs goaltender Jean-Francois Berube (1-0-0) relieved Jones midway through the second period and made saves on all eight shots he faced, combining for the shutout. Poulin (0-1-0) registered 39 saves on 41 shots in his first loss in exhibition play.
Manchester went 0-for-7 on the power play. Bridgeport was 0-for-6 with the man advantage.
Notables: Former Monarchs Assistant Coach Scott Pellerin returned to Manchester for the first time since becoming the Head Coach of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers…Pellerin will travel to Manchester on three occasions this season with the first match-up coming on Friday, November 9…Center Andrei Loktionov each had a goal and an assist…The victory over the Sound Tigers is the first game for Nolan and Loktionov since winning the Stanley Cup on June 11, 2012.
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