MANCHESTER, NH – Goaltender Barry Brust stopped 31-of-32 shots to guide the Manchester Monarchs to a 4-1 win over the Providence Bruins on Wednesday night to tie the 2007 Calder Cup Atlantic Division Finals to 1-1 in front of 3,511 Wednesday night at the Verizon Wireless Arena.
COMPLETE CALDER CUP PLAYOFF COVERAGE:
MONARCHS DROP GAME ONE
BOYLE'S DOUBLE OT GAME WINNER MAKES MONARCHS' HISTORY
MONARCHS CAN'T FEND OFF SHARKS
SHARKS SPOIL MONARCHS' SWEEP
MONARCHS WITHIN ONE WIN OF ADVANCING TO SECOND ROUND
ZEILER NETS DOUBLE OT WINNER FOR 2-0 SERIES LEAD
MONARCHS HOOK SHARKS FOR 1-0 SERIES LEAD
The Monarchs opened the scoring on their second power play opportunity of the night at 15:53 of the first period. Center Marty Murray made a pass from the left corner to the right face-off dot where center Patrick O’Sullivan was calling for the puck. O’Sullivan cradled the pass and ripped a snap shot soaring into the top of the net. Defenseman Peter Harrold was credited with the other assist.
At the 5:21 mark of the second period the Monarchs doubled the lead to 2-0. Harrold picked up the puck in the neutral zone and carried it over the blueline into the Bruins zone. The rookie defenseman zig-zagged his way through multiple Bruins bodies and tried to slide the puck past Providence goaltender Hannu Toivonen without success. Murray picked up the rebound and slammed the puck home. Defenseman Brendan Buckley picked up his first point of the playoffs with an assist on the goal.
After the second goal was scored, goaltender Barry Brust mistakenly went to the bench without asking the referees for permission. In turn, he had to sit on the bench until the following whistle. This gave way to thirteen seconds of playing time for goaltender Yutaka Fukufuji who froze the puck on the only shot he faced. Brust then returned to the guard the crease.
Just over a minute later, Murray tallied his second goal of the night with players hacking away in front of the Bruins net. The veteran came out of the scramble with the loose puck and tried to put the puck upstairs but Toivonen got the tip of his glove on it. The puck went fluttering up into the air and when it came down it slid along a Bruins defenseman’s back and into the net. Center Brian Boyle and O’Sullivan collected assists on the power play goal.
With both teams skating with four players a side, the Monarchs increased their lead to 4-0. Center Matt Ryan started a 3-on-2 break up the ice and made a pass over to defenseman T.J. Kemp on the right side. Kemp then made a drop pass to left wing Jeff Giuliano who switched to his backhand to move around a Bruins defenseman and shot the puck into the left side of the net.
At the beginning of the third period, Providence goaltender Jordan Sigalet replaced Toivonen.
At the five-minute mark of the third period, Brust pokechecked the puck away from Providence right wing Jeff Hoggan on a breakaway to keep the Bruins scoreless.
Once again, Brust kept the game scoreless with 34 seconds remaining in the game. A pass came through the crease and Brust dove to his left making a sprawling glove save on the one-timer by a Bruins forward.
Despite Brust’s efforts, he could not keep the Bruins from scoring in the contest. Bruins defenseman Sean Curry shot the puck from the high slot and Brust made the butterfly save. The goaltender tried to swat the rebound out of harms way, but unfortunately the puck went onto the stick of center David Krejci who flipped it into the wide open net. The goal occurred with nine seconds left on a 5-on-3 power play in favor of the Bruins and nine seconds left in the game.
Brust collected the win with 31 saves and Fukufuji stopped one shot. Toivonen took the loss stopping 17-of-21 shots. Sigalet stopped all eight shots he faced in relief.
Manchester went 2-for-7 on the power play. Providence was 1-for-4 playing a man up.