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Four different Monarchs find the back of the net

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
CHARLOTTE, NC – Goaltender Martin Jones halted 38 shots and the Manchester Monarchs came from behind to take a 4-3 victory over the Binghamton Senators at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena on Saturday night.

Manchester (27-14-1-2) earned their 27th win of the season and leads the Atlantic Division with 57 points.  Binghamton (20-18-2-2) dropped their 18th game of the season and sit in fifth place in the East Division with 44 points.

“This is an outstanding win for this group,” said Monarchs Head Coach Mark Morris.  “We battled hard.  Facing the odds that we were up against makes it even more special. It’s been a crazy trip and to end it on this win is extremely gratifying.  Binghamton has a fast team and a lot of offensive power but good defensive play and excellent goaltending led us to wrap up a long road trip on a good note.”

Left wing David Meckler gave the Monarchs a 4-3 lead and the eventual win with his 13th goal of the season at 16:43 of the final frame.  Along the end red line, left wing Richard Clune gathered the puck and sent it up to Meckler at the center point.  With right wing John Zeiler screening goaltender Robin Lehner, Meckler one-timed a shot that traveled through traffic and beat the netminder for the winning goal.  Defenseman Andrew Campbell also picked up an assist on the winning goal.

The Monarchs lit the lamp early in the first period with center Marc-Andre Cliche’s 11th goal of the season.  Left wing Bud Holloway picked the pocket of Senators defenseman Derek Smith along the left wing half wall.  Holloway fed a short pass to Cliche on the inside edge of he left circle for a quick shot that beat Lehner.  Defenseman Viatcheslav Voynov assisted on the goal at the 53-second mark of the first period.

Right wing Ryan Keller evened the game at 1-1 with his 14th tally of the season at 12:37 of the opening frame.  Defenseman Craig Schira sent a cross-ice feed from the Senators blueline along the left wing to Keller skating down the right wing as he crossed over the Monarchs blueline.  Keller carried the puck into the right face-off circle before he unleashed a wrist shot that beat Jones on his glove side.  Smith earned an assist on the tying goal.

Just 19 seconds into the second period, left wing David Dziurzynski gave the Senators a 2-1 lead with his fourth goal of the season.  Center Jim O’Brien chipped the puck up to right wing Erik Condra from the Monarchs blueline along the right wing boards.  Condra carried the puck in on a 2-on-1 break with Dziurzynski.  From the inside edge of the right face-off circle, Condra passed the puck over to Dziurzynski, eluding the Monarchs defenseman, for the tip in goal.

Center Andrei Loktionov picked up an unassisted goal at 11:36 of the second period as he skated coast-to-coast.  Following a blocked shot by defenseman Patrick Mullen in the Monarchs zone, the puck popped free to Loktionov.  The center bobbed and weaved through the neutral zone and crossed into Senators territory.  After faking a slap shot, Loktionov carried the puck into the left face-off circle and snapped a wrist shot that Lehner got a piece of with his glove but the puck found the back of the net to tie the game at 2-2.

At 13:51 of the middle frame, right wing Bobby Butler ended his seven-game scoring drought when he netted his 19th tally of the season.  Skating on the power play, right wing Roman Wick held the puck at the right wing half wall until he saw Butler skating into the slot.  Wick fed the pass to Butler who flipped the puck into the top of the net as he was pushed to the ice by a Monarchs player.  Left wing Kaspars Daugavins assisted on the go-ahead goal.

Center Corey Elkins tied the game at 3-3 with his 12th tally of the season at 5:24 of the third period.  Right wing Brandon Kozun passed the puck from the right wing in the neutral zone over to Elkins who was briskly approaching the Senators zone along the left wing.  Elkins collected the pass and stepped over the blueline before winding up for a booming slap shot at the left point that soared past Lehner.  Defenseman David Kolomatis assisted on the tying goal.

Jones (16-3-0) earned his 16th win of the season with 38 saves on 41 shots.  Lehner (5-6-1) stopped 22-of-26 shot in his sixth loss of the season.

Manchester went 0-for-1 on the power play.  Binghamton was 1-for-3 with the man advantage.

Notables:  Manchester picked up five of a possible six points on their road trip this week…Center Marc-Andre Cliche scored the first goal of the game in his second consecutive game…Cliche is currently on a three game scoring streak with three tallies and has six points (3-3=6) in a four game point streak…Left wing David Meckler collected his third game-winning goal of the season…Goaltender Martin Jones has won his last three games.
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