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Manchester falls in 14th round of the shootout

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
MANCHESTER, NH – Following a franchise-record of 14 rounds in the shootout, left wing Lane MacDermid scored the final goal as the Manchester Monarchs dropped a 3-2 shootout decision to the Providence Bruins on Wednesday evening at the Verizon Wireless Arena.

Manchester (38-20-2-6, 84 points) regains sole possession of first place in the Atlantic Division with 84 points.  Providence (29-30-3-2, 63 points) sits in sixth place in the Atlantic Division with 63 points.

“I’m disappointed we didn’t come away with two points,” explained Monarchs Head Coach Mark Morris.  “We kept letting them back in the game and we let them hang around.  We were just waiting for a clutch save that didn’t happen, but I give them a lot of credit.  They worked hard and we worked hard.”

“We had plenty of chances,” said Morris.  “There were some pucks that just whipped through, hit the post, or sat on the goal line and it wasn’t going in when we needed it to the most.  It was one of those games where you wish you had just one more save.”

Along with MacDermid, right wing Jordan Caron, center Trent Whitfield, right wing David Laliberte and left wing Antoine Roussel beat Monarchs netminder Jeff Zatkoff in the shootout as he stopped the remaining nine snipers from Providence.  Bruins goaltender Anton Khudobin stopped 10 shooters from Manchester but could not detain left wing Bud Holloway, center Justin Azevedo, left wing Ray Kaunisto and right wing Justin Johnson.

Center Corey Elkins scored his 17th goal of the season just 49 seconds into the second period for the opening goal of the game.  Defenseman David Kolomatis initiated the momentum as he skated up the ice toward Bruins territory, keeping the puck close.  Kolomatis dished the pass off to fellow defenseman Thomas Hickey in the left circle, who immediately fired a shot on goal.  Khudobin stopped the initial shot but was unable to contain it.  Elkins took advantage of the rebound and wristed it into the back of the net.

MacDermid scored his sixth goal of the season at 13:42 of the second period, evening the score at 1-1.  After bringing the puck down by the right circle, center Jamie Arniel handed the puck off to MacDermid behind the goal.  The winger curled around the left side of the net and managed to slip the puck past Zatkoff.

Center Oscar Moller scored his 18th goal of the season at 14:58 of the second period to give the Monarchs their second lead of the game.  After right wing Brandon Kozun dished out the puck near the neutral zone, defenseman Viatcheslav Voynov skated up the left wing with the puck.  Once in the circle, Voynov slapped a shot on goal but his attempt was shut down by the Bruins goaltender.  The puck was not contained, however, and Moller released his own shot off the rebound, flying right over the shoulder of the Khudobin.

Whitfield tallied his 10th goal of the season, knotting the score at 2-2 with just 1:39 remaining in the second period.  Skating with the puck along the left boards, Bruins defenseman Yury Alexandrov sent the puck across to center Maxime Sauve who was in scoring position, pulling Zatkoff to the left post.  Sauve weaved the puck around a pair of Monarchs skaters and passed it up to Whitfield who was openly positioned off the right post.  Whitefield wristed the tying shot into the empty net for the tying goal on the power play.

Notables: Tonight’s shootout featured the most rounds in team history, as 14 different Monarchs skaters appeared in the shootout…The previous record of 12 rounds was set in a 3-2 loss against the Lowell Lock Monsters on November 15, 2005 with center Keith Aucoin recording the game-winner…Right wing Brandon Kozun has scored five goals and eight assists for 13 points (5-8=12) in his last eight games…Tonight’s shootout marked the sixth time the Monarchs have advanced to the shootout round this season the last time being against the Hershey Bears on February 9, 2011.
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