Monarchs Caught In A 'JAM'
MANCHESTER, NH – The Manchester Monarchs fell to left wing Jonathan Audy-Marchessault’s hat trick and the Springfield Falcons, 7-5, at the Verizon Wireless Arena on Tuesday night.
Manchester (17-17-2-2) is ranked fourth in the Atlantic Division with 38 points. The Falcons (21-9-3-3) are in first place in the Northeast Division with 48 points.
“We certainly got to learn how to defend better.” said Monarch Head Coach Mark Morris. “We have to learn how to keep the puck out of the net. We've had a lot of work in the last week and a half trying to work on our D-core. There is a lot of disarray right now with so much movement going on in the organization so there is not a whole lot of continuity. There are certain areas that we have to be a lot more proficient at and that is defending our net. We made it awfully easy for them to stand around and have second and third pokes at the puck. When you score five goals, you should be winning hockey games.”
Springfield gained the lead for good at 11:26 of the third period with a power play goal by Audy-Marchessault bringing the score 6-5. The puck bounced around in a scrum in front of the net before bouncing out to defenseman Nick Holden at the top of the right wing face-off circle. Holden sent a pass to Audy-Marchessault who one-timed the puck for his third goal of the game and 16th goal of the season.
The Monarchs opened the scoring with a goal by center Robbie Czarnik at 6:21 of the first period. Czarnik received a pass from right wing Stefan Legein and then wristed a shot from the left slot. The puck beat Springfield netminder Allen York high on the glove side. Monarchs defenseman Nick Deslauriers also recorded an assist on Czarnik’s third goal of the season.
Springfield retaliated quickly with a goal less than a minute later at 7:17 by Audy-Marchessault. The play started with center Nick Drazenovic sending the puck down the right wing boards to Audy-Marchessault in the right wing corner who took a bad angle shot. Monarchs netminder Peter Mannino denied the initial shot but produced a rebound in front where Audy-Marchessault followed up his shot and put it through for the goal.
Springfield took the lead at 2-1 with a goal by center Michael Chaput at the 11-minute mark of the first period. Left wing Ryan Craig put the puck on goal but it was deflected away to the bottom of the right wing face-off circle where Chaput was waiting. Chaput’s shot beat Mannino for the goal. Chaput’s fourth goal of the season was also assisted by right wing Tomas Kubalik.
At 16:58 of the first period, Monarchs left wing Marc-Andre Cliche scored to tie the game at 2-2. Right wing Brian O’Neill sent a long pass from the left wing corner to center Andy Andreoff behind the net. Andreoff found Cliche in the right wing face-off circle for a wrist shot resulting in his sixth goal of the season.
With 1:11 left to play in the first period, Audy-Marchessault regained the lead for Springfield with a power play goal pushing the score to 3-2. Audy-Marchessault skated from the left point down to the left wing face-off circle where he fired a shot through a screen. Audy-Marchessault’s shot beat Mannino high on the stick side for the goal.
Monarchs goaltender Jean-Francois Berube entered the game in relief of Mannino at the start of the second period.
The second period scoring opened at the 1:55 mark with a goal by left wing Wade MacLeod giving Springfield a 4-2 lead. MacLeod received a long pass down the right wing boards springing him on a partial breakaway. MacLeod broke through the slot pulling the puck around a sprawled out Monarchs defenseman and roofed a wrist shot high on the glove side of Berube.
The Monarchs closed the gap to 4-3 with a goal by Deslauriers at 7:09 of the second period. Right wing Brandon Kozun sent a pass from inside the left wing face-off circle across the ice to Deslauriers at the right wing half wall. Deslauriers skated to the bottom of the right wing face-off circle and fired a bad angle shot that deflected off of a Springfield defenseman’s stick and into the net for his third goal of the season.
At 16:32 of the middle frame, Monarchs left wing Tanner Pearson tied the game, 4-4, with a power play goal. Center Linden Vey out-hustled two of Springfield’s defensemen to win the puck at the right point. Vey found Pearson in the right wing face-off circle. Pearson gained control of the puck and wristed a shot on goal producing a rebound in front. The rookie left wing followed up by jamming the puck in the back of the net for the goal. Center Jordan Weal also assisted on Pearson’s 10th goal of the season.
Springfield took the lead back just 43 seconds into the third period to make the score 5-4. After the Monarchs attempted to clear the puck out of their defensive zone, center Chris Collins intercepted the clear at the center point and quickly sent a pass to right wing Tomas Kubalik in the right wing face-off circle. Kubalik skated to the bottom of the circle before he wristed a shot that beat Berube for his ninth goal of the season.
Monarchs center Andy Andreoff tied the game at 5-5 with a goal at 9:28 of the third period. O’Neill kept a loose puck alive just outside of the Falcons zone where Andreoff took the puck and entered the zone on the right wing. Using a Falcons defenseman as a screen, Andreoff wristed a shot from the right wing face-off dot beating York high on the glove side for his fifth goal of the season.
Springfield ended the scoring for the night with a goal from Chaput at 15:48 of the third period. Craig controlled the puck at the right wing half wall before passing up to defenseman Theo Ruth at the right point. Ruth sent a pass to Chaput who was in between the two face-off circles, where he fired a shot that found the back of the net midway up the stick side for his fifth goal of the season.
Mannino (9-5-0) made eight saves on 11 shots in the first period. Berube (0-1-0) took his first loss of the season stopping 13-of-17 shots in relief of Mannino. York (3-3-0) earned his third victory of the season making 22 saves on 27 shots.
Manchester went 1-for-5 on the power play. Springfield was 2-for-2 with the man advantage.
Notables: Monarchs center Linden Vey is on an eight-game point streak (0-12=12)…Monarchs center Jordan Weal has three points (2-1=3) in his last four games…Monarchs left wing Marc-Andre Cliche recorded his 64th career goal in a Monarchs uniform which ranks is eighth most in franchise history.
The Monarchs will travel to play the Worcester Sharks at the DCU Center at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, January 18. Catch all the play-by-play action of Monarchs hockey with Ken Cail on the Monarchs Radio Network WGIR 610 AM, WGIR.com and at www.manchestermonarchs.com, presented by Manchester-Boston Regional Airport.