Manchester (22-19-0-2) is ranked fourth in the Atlantic Division with 46 points. Hershey (24-10-4-3) leads the East Division with 55 points.
“It had been a long time since we could experience what a win feels like,” said Monarchs Head Coach Mark Morris. “We beat a very experienced team. Our guys competed extremely hard to come away with the victory. We bounced back a couple times from being behind and that was huge. We will continue to build off this game.”
The Monarchs took the lead for good at 17:56 of the third period when center Marc-Andre Cliche
tallied his 12th goal of the season. Left wing Ray Kaunisto
took the puck off the left wing boards along the Bears blueline and fed Cliche a pass as he entered the zone. Cliche split the defense and lifted a shot just under the crossbar on the stick side of Bears netminder Danny Sabourin. Defenseman Jake Muzzin
also tallied an assist on the play.
The Bears opened the scoring at 3:26 of the first period with a goal off the stick of center Keith Aucoin. Left wing Chris Bourque took a pass from defenseman Patrick McNeill along the right wing boards and into the Monarchs zone. Bourque pulled up at the top of the right wing face-off circle and fired a pass to Aucoin at the left wing face-off circle. Aucoin wristed the puck high on the short side of Monarchs goaltender Martin Jones
for his 10th goal of the season.
The Monarchs answered just 10 seconds after the Bears opened the scoring with center Justin Azevedo
sixth goal of the season. With the Bears on the forecheck, Muzzin passed it to defenseman Andrew Campbell
who started the break out for the Monarchs. Campbell skated short of the red line before he dumped the puck into the right corner. The puck bounced out of the corner into the slot where Azevedo beat everyone. The center slid the puck back from under Sabourin’s attempted poke check before flipping a backhander into the open net to tie the game at 1-1.
The Monarchs took their first lead of the game when right wing Linden Vey
tallied his 11th goal of the season for at 2-1 advantage. Vey won a face-off in the right circle with the puck headed toward the hash marks. The puck bounced off defenseman Danny Richmond’s skate and found the back of the net at 1:05 of the second period.
The Bears tied the game at 2-2 when forward Jacob Micflickier finished off a 3-on-2 opportunity. Right wing Matthew Ford gained the Monarchs zone and passed to Micflickier skating down the left side. Micflickier fired a wrist shot form the bottom of the left wing face-off circle that squeaked through Jones. Defenseman Zach Miskovic assisted on Micflickier’s 17th goal of the season at 8:03 of the middle stanza.
Left wing Boyd Kane gave the Bears a 3-2 lead at 8:27 of the second period. Bourque fired a slap shot from in between the hash marks producing a rebound that deflected off the end boards to the left of the net. Kane grabbed the loose puck and reached to the front of the net, sneaking the puck just inside the left post for his 12th goal of the season.
The Monarchs battled back and tied the game 3-3 at 9:13 of the second period. Defenseman Jordan Hill fired a slap shot producing a rebound on the right side of the slot where right wing Jordan Nolan
wristed the past Sabourin for his eighth goal of the season. Center Cam Paddock picked up an assist on the play.
Paddock gave the Monarchs a 4-3 lead at 2:06 of the third period. Defenseman Nick Deslauriers started the play by passing the puck to Nolan at center ice. Nolan found Paddock cutting across the neutral zone and into the Bears zone. Paddock split the defense and slid a puck five-hole on Sabourin for his second goal of the season.
Micflickier tied the score at 4-4 on the power play with his second tally of the night at 14:23 of the third period. Bourque chipped the puck down to left wing Kyle Greentree in the left corner of the Monarchs zone. Greentree found Micflickier at the bottom of the left wing circle where he quickly snapped a wrist shot high on the stick side of Jones for his 18th goal of the season.
Jones (12-11-1) earned his 12th win of the season stopping 31-of-35 shots. Sabourin (10-5-2) took his fifth loss of the season making 33 saves on 38 shots.
Manchester went 0-for-3 on the power play. Hershey was 1-for-3 with the man advantage. Notables:
The Monarchs snapped their franchise record seven-game losing streak...Center Cam Paddock tallied his first multi-point game of the season with a goal and an assist…Right wing Jordan Nolan
tallied a goal and an assist…Center Justin Azevedo
scored 10 seconds after Hershey Bears center Keith Aucoin scored for the fastest two goals in a Monarchs game this season…The record for the fastest two goals in franchise history is nine seconds.