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Toffoli scores hat trick to lead Manchester Monarchs over St. John's IceCaps 6-0

Saturday, 01.18.2014 / 8:55 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Toffoli scores hat trick to lead Manchester Monarchs over St. John's IceCaps 6-0

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - Tyler Toffoli scored a hat trick and added an assist to lead the Manchester Monarchs over the St. John's IceCaps 6-0 on Saturday night in American Hockey League action.

Jordan Weal, Andy Andreoff and Vincent LoVerde also scored for the Monarchs (26-11-6). Jean-Francois Berube made 28 saves for the shutout.

Eddie Pasquale stopped 27 shots for the IceCaps (20-16-3), while Michael Hutchinson made one save on the only shot he faced in relief.

Manchester opened the scoring as Weal hit a one-timer top shelf, from the faceoff dot, off a cross-ice feed 19:03 into the first period.

Andreoff scored high blocker on a wristshot 4:49 into the second period, finishing off a 2-on-1 short-handed opportunity off a neutral zone turnover.

LoVerde scored a high wrist shot at the 12:48 mark of the second, capping off an extended shift with the IceCaps hemmed into their zone.

Toffoli hit a one-time slapshot top corner, while wide-open in the slot at the 3:48 mark of the third.

The Monarchs added insult to injury as Toffoli tapped home a rebound in front of the net with 7:07 left in the game.

Toffoli completed the hat trick, finishing off a cross-ice feed 17:47 into the third period.

St. John's was 0 for 5 with the man advantage, while the Monarchs were 2 for 5.

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