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Holloway's Hat Trick leads Monarchs Past Sens

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
BINGHAMTON, NY – Right wing Bud Holloway recorded the second hat trick in franchise post-season history as the Manchester Monarchs edged out the Binghamton Senators in overtime by a 5-4 margin in the third game of the 2011 Calder Cup Atlantic Division Semifinal Series B at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena on Sunday night.  The Monarchs hold a 2-1 edge in the best-of-seven series. 

“It was a thriller,” remarked Monarchs Head Coach Mark Morris following the overtime victory.  “Walking back to the locker room after the first period felt like triple-bogeying the first hole, and in the end, we shot a round of par.”

“Credit our guys with hanging in and chipping away at the job at hand," said Morris.  "This young bunch was resilient and showed lots of heart making the comeback.  It’s a hostile environment and it wasn’t an easy task to keep focused.”
Holloway completed the hat trick with his game-winning goal at 1:43 of the overtime period.  Following a failed clearing attempt around the boards by the Senators, center Corey Elkins gathered the puck at the left point.  A wrist shot from Elkins toward the net struck Holloway at the top of the crease.  Collecting the rebound off his body, Holloway wrapped the puck around outstretched Binghamton goaltender Barry Brust for the game-winning goal.

Defenseman Andre Benoit scored his first goal of the playoffs at 3:28 of the first period, giving the Senators the early 1-0 advantage.  Right wing Ryan Keller fired a puck wide of the Monarchs cage that was collected by center Ryan Potulny.  Skating from behind the net, Potulny wrapped the puck around the goal and backhanded a puck on net.  Monarchs goaltender Jeff Zatkoff kicked the puck aside, and following a miniature scrum in the goal crease, the puck was directed back to Benoit within the right face-off circle.  A powerful blast beat Zatkoff for the first tally of the game for the Senators.

Right wing Roman Wick scored Binghamton’s second goal of the game at 12:36 of the first period.  On the power play, the Senators cycled the puck around the Monarchs defensive zone.  From behind the Monarchs cage, Keller fed Wick the puck at the top of the right point.  Wick facilitated a quick give-and-go with defenseman Patrick Coulombe, positioned at the top of the slot.  Receiving the feed from Coulombe, Wick wristed a shot through heavy crease traffic that beat Zatkoff for his first goal of the post-season.  

Left wing Colin Greening scored his first goal of the post-season at 18:24 of the first period to lift the Senators to a three-goal lead.  Right wing Bobby Butler cleared the Senators defensive zone with an outlet pass that caught the stick of center Zack Smith.  Crossing the blueline on a 2-on-1 breakout, Smith took the puck past the goal line near the left post, shifting Zatkoff far out of position.  Passing the puck back in front of the net, Greening tapped the puck into the empty cage to give Binghamton a 3-0 lead, which they would carry exiting first period play.

Holloway scored his first goal of the Calder Cup Playoffs at 10:50 of the second period.  From the left point, defenseman David Kolomatis sent the puck deep into the zone, connecting with center Brayden Schenn below the goal line near the right post.  Calmly possessing the puck, Schenn passed the puck to Holloway, positioned at the top of the goal crease.  A quick wrist shot beat Brust for the Monarchs first goal of the game.

Holloway recorded his second goal of the contest at 17:16 of the second period, cutting Binghamton’s lead to one goal.  Right wing Brandon Kozun sent a puck from the Monarchs defensive zone to Kolomatis in the neutral zone.  Kolomatis sent a pass forward to Holloway, who broke into the zone by himself.  Skating toward Brust, a deke preceded a backhanded shot on goal that beat the sprawling Binghamton netminder inside the left post for Manchester’s second goal of the evening.

Butler scored his first goal of the playoffs at 7:44 of the third period to put Binghamton up by two goals in the third period.  On the power play, the puck was sent from below the goal line back to the point where Smith gathered the puck.  A powerful blast on net was halted by Monarchs goaltender Martin Jones, who relieved Zatkoff following the first period.  The ensuing rebound spilled out into the crease, with Butler crashing the net and flipping the puck up and over the Jones for Binghamton’s fourth goal of the contest.  Benoit also collected an assist on the play.

Defenseman Jake Muzzin scored his second goal of the Calder Cup Playoffs at 9:15 of the third period, giving Manchester their third goal of the game.  On the power play, center Justin Azevedo passed the puck back and forth with Muzzin near the left point, looking for an opportunity amongst the shifting Binghamton defense.  Having skated to the top of the slot, Muzzin received an Azevedo pass and fired it past Brust to bring Manchester within one goal near the midpoint of the third period.  Left wing Dwight King recorded an assist on Muzzin’s second goal in two games.

King scored his first goal of the playoffs at 11:50 of the third period, tying the game at four goals apiece.  With a Senators defenseman stationed behind the net, an aggressive fore-check by Holloway forced a turnover behind Brust.  A quick wrap-around pass near the right post was forced home by King, who crashed the left post and beat Brust to tie the game just past the midpoint of the third period.

Zatkoff (1-1) did not factor into the decision, as he stopped 15-of-18 shots on goal in the first period before yielding to Jones in the second period.  Jones (1-0) recorded his first playoff victory, as he halted 14-of-15 shots on net in regulation and overtime.  Brust (1-2) drew his second loss of the post-season, as he stopped 27-of-32 shots on goal.

Manchester was 1-for-3 on the power play.  Binghamton was 2-for-5 with the man advantage.

Notables:  Right wing Bud Holloway's hat trick is only the second hat trick in the Monarchs playoff history; the first came nine years ago to the day, April 17, 2002, when right wing Adam Mair scored the franchise's first hat trick in the team's 6-2 win over the Hartford Wolf Pack in game three of the 2002 Calder Cup Eastern Conference Quarterfinals…Holloway now holds the Monarchs post-season record for goals as well as points, as his four-point performance this evening gives him 10 playoff goals alongside 19 points (10-11=19) in 19…In doing so, Holloway edged out the previous franchise records set by left wing Noah Clarke, who recorded nine goals and 17 points (9-8=17) in 35 games; Holloway accomplished the feat in 16 fewer games than Clarke…In addition to his three-goal performance, Holloway also recorded an assist on left wing Dwight King’s game-tying goal, making Holloway the fourth player in franchise post-season history to record four points in one game…The last player to accomplish the feat was right wing Alexandre Daigle against Hartford on April 25, 2006 in an 8-6 win…Holloway scored two goals in the second period, marking only the sixth time a Monarchs player has accomplished the feat in team post-season history…Center Trevor Lewis accomplished the feat twice during the 2010 Calder Cup Playoffs…Holloway’s overtime goal was the fastest such strike in post-season history for Manchester, breaking the record previously held by defenseman Viatcheslav Voynov, who scored 1:55 into overtime against Worcester on May 7, 2010…Holloway also extended his franchise record for game-winning goals in the post-season, with seven such markers to his credit…Defenseman David Kolomatis recorded two assists in the second period, the 12th such instance in Monarchs history where a Manchester skater has recorded two assists in one period during the playoffs…Defenseman Jake Muzzin scored his second third period goal in as many games this evening…Making his first professional post-season appearance, goaltender Martin Jones collected his first career playoff victory.
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