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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

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.

Once again, it shows character in this dressing room. Once again, there's no quitting in here. We all wanted this so bad and we worked so hard to get home-ice advantage and we weren't going to let this one slide.

— Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog on his team's OT Game 1 win vs. Minnesota Wild