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Clune Gobbles Up The Birds

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
SPRINGFIELD, MA – Left wing Richard Clune scored his first shorthanded goal of the season to lift the Manchester Monarchs over the Springfield Falcons 3-2 at the MassMutual Center on Wednesday night.

Manchester (12-7-1-1) recorded their 12th win of the season and sit in second place in the Atlantic Division with 26 points. The Falcons (10-9-0-1) took their ninth loss of the season and are in third place in the Atlantic Division with 21 points.

Clune’s shorthanded goal at 18:14 of the third period gave the Monarchs the 3-2 win. Center Marc-Andre Cliche battled with two Falcons defensemen for the puck and ended up coming away with it in the right corner of Springfield’s zone. Cliche found Clune skating through the slot. Clune snapped a shot into the back of the net while being flanked by two Falcons players for his second goal of the season.

Center Nick Tarnasky put the Falcons on the scoreboard at 3:08 of the opening period. Defenseman Brent Regner stole the puck away from a Monarchs defenseman along the right wing board and handed it off to Tarnasky in the right face-off circle. Tarnasky drove to the net only to be denied by goaltender Martin Jones on his first shot. The center picked up his own rebound and buried it into the back of the net for his second tally of the season.

The Monarchs tied the game at 1-1 at 1:51 of the second stanza with an unassisted goal by center Justin Azevedo. Falcons defenseman Nick Holden had the puck stripped from him by Azevedo along the end red line to the right of the cage. Azevedo flipped a quick backhand shot past netminder David LeNeveu for his sixth goal of the season.

Regner netted his first goal of the season at 9:13 of the second period to give Springfield a 2-1 advantage. Left wing Jay Pandolfo sent the puck deep into the Monarchs zone from along the right wing boards. Tarnasky picked up the pass and found Regner charging through the slot for a one-timer that beat Jones on his blocker side.

Defenseman Thomas Hickey deadlocked the game at 2-2 with his second tally of the season at 17:10 of the middle frame. Center Brandon Kozun crossed over the Falcons blueline and dropped the puck to Cliche at the right point. Skating into the right face-off circle, Kozun received a pass from Cliche and skated in on LeNeveu. Kozun attempted to stuff the puck under the netminder but LeNeveu made the pad save. The puck bounced free and Hickey was on the doorstep to jam in the rebound.

Jones (4-1-0) earned his fourth win of the season stopping 24-of-26 shots. LeNeveu (6-5-1) took his fifth loss of the season with 23 saves on 26 shots.

Manchester was 0-for-6 on the power play. Springfield was 0-for-4 with the man advantage.

Notables: The Monarchs have a record of 3-1-0-0 through four contests with the Falcons this season…Left wing Richard Clune recorded his first shorthanded goal of his professional career…Goaltender Martin Jones’ shutout streak dating back to November 14 ended with a total of 127 minutes and 20 second when the Falcons scored at 3:08 of the opening period.

The Monarchs host the Albany Devils on Friday, November 26 in a 7:00 p.m. contest at the Verizon Wireless Arena. Catch all of the play-by-play action of Monarchs hockey with Ken Cail on the Monarchs Radio Network WGAM 900/1250 AM and at www.manchestermonarchs.com.

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