MANCHESTER, NH ? The Manchester Monarchs shutout the Springfield Falcons 3-0 as netminder Jonathan Bernier
stopped all 25 shots he faced in front of 5,430 fans at the Verizon Wireless Arena on Friday night.
Manchester (36-31-0-8, 80 points) is in fifth place in the Atlantic Division. Springfield (23-41-8-4, 58 points) is in seventh place in the Atlantic Division.
"I thought it was a solid effort by everybody," said Monarchs Assistant Coach Scott Pellerin. "I thought Bernier made some key saves in the third period that kept us in the game and we're looking forward to having a good game tomorrow night."
Right wing Trevor Lewis was able to put the only mark needed in the game on a power play tally at 11:08 of the first frame. With Springfield defenseman Bryan Young in the penalty box for holding, center Marty Murray held the puck behind the Springfield net. The captain then found Lewis parked to the left of Springfield goaltender Devan Dubnyk. Lewis was able to chip the puck into the net with help from left wing Matt Moulson.
Moulson was able to add a shorthanded goal at 10:14 of the second period with center Gabe Gauthier serving two minutes for slashing. Lewis skated into the top of the left circle and dished the puck to defenseman Joe Piskula who was in the right circle. Piskula ripped a slap shot at Moulson who was able to tip the puck past Dubnyk for his team leading 18th goal of the season.
Right wing Kevin Westgarth tallied the Monarchs third unanswered goal at 14:45 of the second frame. Defenseman Andrew Campbell sprung Westgarth down the left side of the ice and into the Falcons' zone. The winger skated into the left circle and shot the puck over the glove of Dubnyk for his fourth of the campaign. Center Marc-Andre Cliche was credited with the second helper on the last goal of the evening.
"Our special teams and our penalty kill did a great job executing and it made a difference in the game," commented Pellerin.
Manchester went 1-for-6 with an extra attacker while Springfield was 0-for-8 with the man advantage.
Bernier (22-22-4) stopped all 25 shots he faced for his fifth shutout of the season. Dubnyk (18-39-2) halted 31-of-34 Monarchs shots for his 39th loss of the season.