MANCHESTER, NH – The Manchester Monarchs dropped their second home game of the season to the Springfield Falcons in a 4-1 contest in front of 3,661 fans at the Verizon Wireless Arena on Sunday evening.
Center Tim Sestito scored his first of two goals on the night at 14:41 of the first frame. Right wing Carl Corazzini flew down the left wing boards with Sestito skating parallel to him on the right. Corazzini was able to feed a pass to Sestito who roofed the puck into the Monarchs net. Left wing Liam Reddox took home his second assist on the night on the game-winning goal.
The Falcons found the twine first at the 6:35 mark in the opening period. Center Guillaume Lefebvre took a shot from the right of goaltender Jonathan Bernier. The rebound kicked free to Bernier's right side where left wing Viacheslav Trukhno was positioned to bury the puck home for his first goal of the year. Reddox earned the second assist on the play.
With a 2-0 lead, the Falcons wasted no time tallying their third goal of the night only 30-seconds into the second period. Sestito was sitting on the doorstep of Bernier's crease when the puck came to him. The center chipped the puck over Bernier's left leg pad. Lefebvre and defenseman Taylor Chorney were awarded the two assists on the early second period goal.
Not to go away silently, the Monarchs answered back in the second period with a lamp lighter from right wing Teddy Purcell. With center Gabe Gauthier at the top of the slot, Purcell waited to the right of the Falcons net. On a bad angle shot, Purcell was able to get the puck to bounce off of netminder Devan Dubnyk and into the net for his third tally of the season. Defenseman Viatchelslv Voynov tallied his second professional point with the assist.
Not to be outdone, the Falcons notched another goal at 10:17 of the third period. Left wing Rob Schremp received a pass from defenseman Theo Peckham in the left circle and then returned the favor by sending the puck over to left wing Stephan Goulet at the top of the slot. Goulet ripped a slap shot past Bernier and into the top left section of the stitches.
Bernier (1-1-0) saddled the loss with 24 saves on 28 shots. Dubnyk earned the victory with 32 saves on 33 shots.
Manchester went 0-for-6 with the man advantage. Springfield was 0-for-5 on the power play.