PROVIDENCE, RI – Centers Tyler Redenbach and Eric Healey scored three points each in the Providence Bruins 7-2 trouncing of the Manchester Monarchs at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in front of 7,379 fans on Sunday evening.
Manchester (34-19-2-4, 74 points) dropped to third place in the Atlantic Division with tonight's loss. Providence (30-24-1-3, 64 points) is in fourth place in the Atlantic Division.
The Bruins first power play goal came at 1:29 of the first period as Redenbach flipped the puck in the backdoor past Monarchs goaltender Barry Brust. Right wing David Lunbohm passed the puck from the right face-off circle over to Redenbach at the left post for his 17th goal of the season. Defenseman Jonathan Sigalet assisted on the first of seven Bruins goals.
Former Monarchs center Healey gave Providence a 2-0 lead at 8:23 of the opening stanza with his 24th goal of the season and ninth power play goal. Sigalet fed the puck over to Lundbohm at the right point who fired a shot at the net. Brust made the initial save but the rebound poked free and right to Healey for the score.
The Monarchs answered back with a power play goal of their own as defenseman Mark Ardelan blasted a slap shot from the left point past Bruins goaltender Jordan Sigalet at 9:35 of the first period. Left wing Petr Kanko and defenseman Marty Wilford assisted on Ardelan's eighth of the season.
The next five goals came off the sticks of Bruins players center Ben Guite, defenseman Mark Stuart, center Nathan Robinson, center Nate Thompson and Redenbach. Guite was able to chip the puck into the net as a scramble ensued in front at 16:09 of the second period. Right wing Jason MacDonald and left wing Jeremy Reich assisted on Guite's 19th goal of the season.
Stuart scored Providence's third power play goal of the game at 3:25 of the final frame. Redenbach sent the puck deep in the Monarchs zone to Healey who redirected it over to Stuart at the lower edge of the right face-off circle. Stuart sent a slap shot past Brust for his fourth tally of the season.
The Bruins went up 5-1 as Robinson collected his 24th goal of the season on a two-on-one breakaway with center Ben Walter. Robinson collected a pass from Walter to the left of Brust and threw the puck into the back of the net. Defenseman Jay Leach also assisted on the goal at 5:01 of the final period.
Redenbach earned his second tally of the night at 6:27 of the third stanza. Healey and Sigalet came streaking into the Monarchs zone with a two-on-one breakaway but could not capitalize. Healey collected the puck behind the net and passed it up to Redenbach who blasted the puck over the goal line.
Thompson scored his sixth of the season from MacDonald and Reich at 10:43 of the third period. Thompson collected the puck to the right of Brust and was able to slip it past him to give the Bruins a 7-1 lead.
The Monarchs were able to get on the scoreboard one more time as right wing Konstantin Pushkarev scored his 17th goal of the season 12 seconds after he stepped out of the penalty box for slashing. Left wing Jeff Giuliano fed the puck over to Pushkarev at the hash marks for the Monarchs second tally of the night. Right wing Brad Smyth also assisted on the goal to end the game at 7-2.
Brust (15-9-1) took the loss with 28 saves. Sigalet (14-10-2) earned his 14th win of the season stopping 26 shots.
Manchester went 1-for-7 on the power play. Providence was 3-for-7 with the man advantage.