PROVIDENCE, RI –
Knotting a season-high seven goals, the Manchester Monarchs catapulted past the Providence Bruins in a 7-1 victory at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center on Friday night.
Manchester (2-1-0-0) is tied for first place in the Atlantic Division with the St. John’s IceCaps (2-1-0-0) with four points each. Providence (0-3-0-0) is in fifth place in the Atlantic Division with zero points.
“Tonight was a great night,” said Monarchs Head Coach Mark Morris. “Our offense executed well and Martin Jones
stood tall when we needed him to,” “Our defense shot the puck and moved it to open forwards at the right times. A strong start helped us carry the play throughout most of the game.”
At 7:58 of the first period, the Monarchs took a 2-0 lead as left wing Richard Clune
tipped in a shot for his first tally of the season. Defenseman David Kolomatis
let a booming slap shot go from the top of the right wing circle that Clune was able to get a stick and redirect past Bruins goaltender Anton Khudobin. Right wing Cam Paddock assisted on the eventual game-winning goal.
The Monarchs opened the scoring at 2:41 of the first period when right wing David Meckler
lit the lamp for his second goal of the season. Meckler corralled a loose puck off a face-off win by Monarchs center Linden Vey
and wristed it on net in one motion to beat Khudobin. Vey’s lone assist on the play was his first professional point.
Center Josh Hennessy cut the Monarchs lead in half with the Bruins lone goal of the game at 10:03 of the opening frame. Hennessy took a pass from the end-boards and skated around to the front of the net. Monarchs goaltender Martin Jones
moved from right to left to set-up on the near post as Hennessy skated to the bottom inside edge of the right face-off circle and slipped the puck passed Jones’ right pad for his first goal of the season. Right wing Jamie Tardif assisted on the goal to make the score 2-1.
Center Justin Azevedo
teamed up with Kolomatis on the power play to give Manchester back their two-goal lead. Cycling the puck in the Bruins zone, right wing Brandon Kozun
found Kolomatis at the point for a blast through traffic. Azevedo tipped his defenseman’s shot past Khudobin for his second of the season at 19:06 of the first period.
With Azevedo in the box for boarding, Monarchs defenseman Slava Voynov
tallied a shorthanded goal, his first goal of the season, at 10:57 of the second stanza. Left wing Jordan Nolan
took the puck deep down the left wing boards and rifled a pass back to center Andrei Loktionov
positioned between the hash marks. Loktionov quickly slapped the puck over to Voynov for a one-timer from the top of the left face-off circle to give Manchester the 4-1 advantage.
Following a Bruins turnover, Monarchs defenseman Thomas Hickey
sent the puck along the boards and behind the net to left wing Ray Kaunisto
. Surveying the scene, Kaunisto connected on a centering pass to Clune between the hash marks. Clune snapped a wrist shot past Khudobin, high on the stick side, at 13:15 of the second period.
Providence’s goaltender Karel St. Laurent made his professional debut after relieving Khudobin following Clune’s second goal and the Monarchs fifth tally of the night.
With 20 seconds remaining in the middle frame, Azevedo executed a give-and-go play with left wing Dwight King
. Azevedo received the pass from King on the right doorstep of St. Laurent and punched it through to stretch the lead to 6-1.
At 5:56 of the third period, Kolomatis finished off the Bruins with his first goal of the season. The defenseman cut in from the point and unloaded a one-timer off a pass from Vey. Kolomatis’ snipe came on a delayed penalty on the Bruins and gave the Monarchs a 7-1 final score. Clune also assisted on the last goal of the game.
Jones (2-1-0) earned his second victory and first road-win of the season stopping 29-of-30 shots. Khudobin picked up his third loss of the season making 20 saves on 25 shots. St. Laurent stopped 12-of-14 shots that he faced in relief of Khudobin.
The Monarchs went 1-for-2 on the power play. Providence was 1-for-7 with the man-advantage. Notables:
The Monarchs seven goals scored matches the highest total by any one team in the AHL this season…The Monarchs had four players with multiple points in the game: left wing Richard Clune
(2-1=3), defenseman David Kolomatis
(1-2=3), center Justin Azevedo
(2-0=2) and right wing Linden Vey
(0-2=2)…Vey recorded his first professional points picking up two assists on the night…Clune recorded a Gordie Howe Hat Trick by recording two goals, an assist and a fighting major…Defenseman Slava Voynov
made his 2011-12 season debut with the Monarchs after traveling with the Los Angeles Kings to start the season in Europe.