Bass Fishes Out Win Against Monarchs
SPRINGFIELD, MA – Right wing Cody Bass netted the game-winner in overtime for the second consecutive night as the Manchester Monarchs fell to the Springfield Falcons, 3-2, in Game 2 of the best-of-five 2013 Calder Cup Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at MassMutual Center on Sunday afternoon.
“The team battled extremely hard and deserved better fate,” said Monarchs Head Coach Mark Morris. “The ice was tilted toward the penalty box and we endured lots and lots of shorthanded situations. This one is a tough pill to swallow. We thoroughly outplayed them in the overtime, out shooting them and out chancing them. We had a couple near misses and in the end another penalty ultimately cost us dearly. It’s hard to find fault in the effort but we’ll need to find some scoring touch and stay out of the box.”
Bass scored at 18:44 of overtime to give the Falcons the victory. Right wing Ryan Russell played the puck to left wing Jonathan Audy-Marchessault at the right point Audy-Marchessault took a shot that produced a rebound in front of the net. Bass grabbed the rebound and buried it into the back of the net for his second goal of the post-season.
Springfield opened the scoring with a shorthanded goal by right wing Trent Vogelhuber at 2:49 of the first period. Russell fed Vogelhuber at center ice. Vogelhuber took the pass in stride and skated down the middle and in on Monarchs goaltender Martin Jones. Vogelhuber deked to his backhand and squeezed a shot between Jones and the left post for his first goal of the playoffs.
Defenseman Nick Deslauriers tied the game at 1-1 for the Monarchs with a power play goal at 7:10 of the opening period. Center Andy Andreoff fed Deslauriers after gaining the Falcons zone on the right wing. Deslauriers took the feed behind the Falcons defenders in the slot and skated to the right doorstep before slipping a backhand shot through Falcons netminder Curtis McElhinney’s five-hole and into the back of the net for the goal. Jones also tallied an assist on Stewart’s first goal of the post-season.
Right wing Anthony Stewart gave the Monarchs their first lead of the series with a goal at 15:52 of the second period. Stewart corralled a loose puck behind the Falcons net. Stewart skated toward the left wing face-off circle before wristing a tough angle shot off the torso of McElhinney and into the back of the net for his first goal of the playoffs.
The Falcons tied the game at 7:11 of the third period with a power play goal by defenseman David Savard. Center Michael Chaput played the puck out of the right wing face-off corner back to Audy-Marchessault at the right point. Audy-Marchessault redirected the puck to Savard at the left point where he took a slap shot that beat Jones high over the glove hand for his first goal of the post-season.
Jones (0-2) took his second loss of the playoffs making 24 saves on 26 shots in regulation and 11-of-12 shots in overtime. McElhinney (2-0) earned his second victory of the post-season stopping 28-of-30 shots faced in regulation and making saves on all 13 shots faced in overtime.
Manchester went 1-for-3 on the power play. Springfield went 1-for-8 with the man advantage.
Notables: The Monarchs are 7-8 in Game 2’s all-time…The Monarchs are 8-17 in their 25 overtime playoff games all-time…Monarchs defenseman Nick Deslauriers has a goal and an assist in two games this post-season…Center Andy Andreoff has two assists in as many games this post-season.
The Monarchs and Falcons play Game 3 of the 2013 Calder Cup Eastern Conference Quarterfinals best-of-five series at 7:00 p.m. at the Verizon Wireless Arena on Thursday, May 2. Catch all the play-by-play action of Monarchs hockey with Ken Cail on the Monarchs Radio Network WGIR, WGIR.com and at www.manchestermonarchs.com, presented by Manchester-Boston Regional Airport.