MANCHESTER, NH – Goaltender Jonathan Bernier
recorded his third shutout of the 2010 Calder Cup Playoffs to lead the Manchester Monarchs to a 1-0 victory over the Hershey Bears in game four of the Eastern Conference Final at the Verizon Wireless Arena on Tuesday night. The series is tied 2-2 with game five in Manchester on Thursday at 7:00 p.m.
“It was a hard fought affair,” said Monarchs Head Coach Mark Morris following Tuesday’s victory. “Keeping them to only 18 shots is a credit to our guys. We were putting bodies on the line and we had great goaltending.
“The margin of error is so slim. It’s nice to see some puck luck. We haven’t had much of that in the past. We’re going to try to notch another win in our home rink on Thursday.”
The Monarchs lit the only lamp of game at the 9:11 mark of the second period with left wing Dwight King
’s second goal of the playoffs. Center Andrei Loktionov
collected the loose puck in the right wing corner. The center circled around the bottom of the face-off circle and found left wing Bud Holloway
in the high slot which set up a one-timer that was blasted toward Hershey netminder Michal Neuvirth. Acting as a screen in front of the net, King got a piece of the floating puck and redirected it into the back of the net to put the Monarchs up 1-0.
Bernier (10-4) collected his 10th victory of the playoffs, stopping all 18 shots on goal. Neuvirth (8-2) drew his second loss of the post-season, halting 25-of-26 shots.
Manchester went 0-for-5 on the power play. Hershey was 0-for-3 with the man advantage.
NOTABLES: The Monarchs recorded the first shutout of the Hershey Bears in the Calder Cup Playoffs since June 1, 2007 in the finals against the Hamilton Bulldogs…Hershey was last shutout in the regular season on February 13, 2010, a 5-0 loss to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins…The Monarchs improved to 6-1 at home in the 2010 Calder Cup Playoffs…Center Gabe Gauthier’s four-game goal streak and seven-game point streak (7-1=8) came to an end when he was held off the scoreboard; he had collected five goals in his last seven games…Goaltender Jonathan Bernier
’s three shutouts this post-season set a new Monarchs record for shutouts in the playoffs in one season and all-time.