MANCHESTER, NH ? Right wing Pierre Parenteau scored a goal and picked up two assists as the Manchester Monarchs fell to the Hartford Wolf Pack, 4-3, in front of 8,314 fans at the Verizon Wireless Arena on Saturday night.
Manchester (19-23-0-5, 43 points) is in fifth place in the Atlantic Division. Hartford (25-18-2-3, 55 points) is tied for first place in the Atlantic Division.
"We played them tough for two periods and significantly outshot them in the third," said Head Coach Mark Morris. "They capitalized on our mistakes in the third. We battled hard but our best tonight wasn't good enough to beat a good team."
Right wing Pierre Parenteau gave the Wolf Pack their first lead in the game at 8:52 of the final frame. Hartford's leading scorer center Artem Anisimov battled with a Monarchs' defenseman behind the right side of the net before he passed the puck to Parenteau for the one-timer from the bottom of the left face-off circle that beat goaltender Jonathan Bernier. Left wing Brodie Dupont picked up an assist on Parenteau's 20th tally of the season.
After shutting out the Lowell Devils 3-0 on Friday night, the Monarchs jumped on the scoreboard at 1:51 of the first period with a power play goal by center Marty Murray. Setting up in the Wolf Pack zone, right wing Teddy Purcell controlled the puck along the right wing boards. Purcell sent a cross-ice feed to left wing Scott Parse in the bottom of the left face-off circle. Parse one-timed the pass into the slot for the tip-in by Murray for his sixth goal of the season.
The Wolf Pack evened the game at 1-1 at the 5:36 mark of the middle frame. Left wing Jordan Owens passed the puck to left wing Patrick Rissmiller who carried it into the Monarchs zone. Rissmiller skated into the left circle and forwarded the puck to right wing Dale Weise at the right doorstep of Bernier. Weise redirected the puck over Bernier's left pad for his fourth goal of the season.
Murray gave the Monarchs their one goal lead back with his second tally of the night and seventh goal of the season at 10:39 of the second period. With traffic in front of goaltender Matt Zaba, Purcell snapped a wrist shot from the right face-off circle. Left wing Matt Moulson swiped at the puck but Murray was the last one to get his stick on the puck and put it over the goal line to give Manchester the 2-1 advantage.
Defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti brought the score back to even with his fourth goal of the season at 16:17 of the second period. Parenteau was in the bottom of the right face-off circle when he spotted Sanguinetti pinching from the center point. Parenteau sent the puck to Sanguinetti who blasted a slap shot into the top of the net for the 2-2 tie. Defenseman Corey Potter earned an assist on the goal.
The Monarchs had a scary moment at 19:18 of the second period when a Manchester player and Wolf Pack player fell to the ice and collided with Bernier pushing him into the net. The goaltender laid motionless on the ice for about a minute with Athletic Trainer Mike Muir at his side. After several minutes, Bernier got up and returned to the net to play the remainder of the game.
Hartford picked up the insurance goal at 16:35 of the final period. Parenteau sprung center Tommy Pyatt who skated down the right wing and ripped a shot from the right face-off circle that hit off the cross-bar and into the net. Anisimov picked up his second assist of the night on Pyatt's 11th goal of the season.
Left wing Scott Parse gave the Monarchs life late in the game with his 12 goal of the season at 18:44 of the third frame. Center Justin Azevedo extended his assist streak to five games by passing the puck to Parse at the top inside corner of the right face-off circle for the one-timer that beat Zaba. Moulson collected an assist on the final goal of the game.
Bernier (11-15-3) took his 15th loss of the season stopping 19-of-23 shots. Zaba (9-6-0) earned his ninth win of the season with 33 saves.
Manchester went 1-for-4 on the power play. Hartford was 0-for-4 with the man advantage.