Monarchs Playoff Push Not FIN-ished
MANCHESTER, NH – The Manchester Monarchs improved their winning streak to four games with a 3-0 victory over the Worcester Sharks at the Verizon Wireless Arena on Sunday afternoon.
Manchester (34-31-3-4) is in third place in the Atlantic Division with 77 points. Worcester (30-32-4-6) is in fourth place in the Atlantic Division with 70 points.
“It was another good win for us,” said Monarchs Head Coach Mark Morris. “Martin Jones was stellar in net again. It was a gutsy win and I was happy with the way we played. Credit goes to our guys for sticking with it and earning a big victory.”
Right wing Brandon Kozun opened the scoring for the Monarchs with a goal at 9:05 of the third period. Defenseman Chris Huxley played the puck from the left point to the right point for defenseman Vincent LoVerde, who fired a slap shot on net. The shot was denied by Sharks goaltender Alex Stalock producing a rebound in front of the net. Kozun grabbed the rebound on his forehand and shot it behind Sateri and into the open net for his 26th tally of the season the eventual game-winning goal.
The Monarchs added to their lead with a shorthanded goal by center Linden Vey at 17:56 of the third period. Left wing Tanner Pearson stole puck from a Worcester defenseman in the Monarchs zone and skated up the left wing on a two-on-one with Vey. Pearson continued skating to the left doorstep before passing the puck back for Vey in the slot. Vey tipped the puck into an open goal. Defenseman Andrew Bodnarchuk also tallied an assist on Vey’s 21st goal of the season.
Left wing Marc-Andre Cliche finished the games scoring with a shorthanded, empty net goal at 19:07 of the final period. Bodnarchuk chipped the puck out of the Monarchs zone. Cliche tracked down the loose puck in the neutral zone in front of the penalty boxes. Cliche pivoted and wristed a long range wrist shot for his 10th goal of the season.
Monarchs goaltender Martin Jones (25-25-4) earned fifth shutout of the season and his 25th victory of the season stopping all 32 shots faced. Stalock (16-16-3) took his 16th loss of the season making 24 saves on 26 shots.
Manchester went 0-for-2 on the power play. Worcester was 0-for-4 with the man advantage.
Notables: The Monarchs went 3-0-0-0 in three games this weekend and improved their winning streak to four games…Manchester sits tied for ninth place in the Eastern Conference and are just two points out of a playoff position…Monarchs goaltender Martin Jones won his fourth straight start in net.
The Monarchs embark on a three-game road trip to close the 2012013 regular season when they take on the Binghamton Senators at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena on Friday, April 19 at 7:05 p.m. 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.