GLENS FALLS, NY – The Manchester Monarchs scored two third period goals to defeat the Adirondack Phantoms, 3-2, at the Glens Falls Civic Center on Saturday night.
Manchester (12-11-2-1) is in fourth place in the Atlantic Division with 27 points. Adirondack (10-14-1-0) is in fifth place in the Northeast Division with 21 points.
“This win was rewarding for our team,” said Monarchs Head Coach Mark Morris. “You could visibly see and feel the mood on the bench get more intense as the game progressed. No doubt the players were growing tired of letting winnable games slip away. Our compete level was very high. Peter Mannino gave a gutsy effort in net. The stops he made came when we needed him to be there.”
The Monarchs took the lead for good when defenseman Slava Voynov scored a goal at 16:28 of the third period. Voynov prevented the puck from being cleared at the right point in the Phantoms zone. The defenseman settled the puck and then fired a slap shot midway up on the glove side that beat Phantoms goaltender Cal Heeter for his sixth goal of the season which brought the score to 3-2.
The Monarchs opened the scoring at 11:37 of the first period with a goal by center Linden Vey. Left wing Tanner Pearson dug the puck out of the left corner and skated toward the back of the net. Pearson fed a centering pass to right wing Tyler Toffoli in the slot. Toffoli shot the puck but it was denied by Heeter and produced a rebound on the left doorstep. Vey skated from the bottom of the left wing face-off circle and grabbed the loose puck. He got tripped up as he shot the puck just inside the right post scoring his seventh goal of the season.
Adirondack tied the game at 1-1 with a goal by right wing Mike Testwuide at 13:06 of the opening period. Left wing Tyler Brown took a feed from defenseman Jeff Dimmen and gained the Monarchs zone along the left wing boards. Dimmen skated to the left wing half wall before finding Testwuide skating down from the left point. Testwuide corralled the pass and wristed a shot high on the glove side of Monarchs goaltender Peter Mannino from inside the left wing face-off circle.
The Phantoms took a 2-1 lead on the power play at 19:16 of the opening frame with a goal by Brown. At the left point, defenseman Danny Syvret passed the puck to defenseman Matt Konan at the right point. Konan took a slap shot that produced a rebound on the left doorstep. Brown jumped on the loose puck and shot the puck in the back of the net for his second goal of the season.
Manchester tied the game at 2-2 with a goal by Pearson at 8:01 of the third period. Vey skated with the puck from the right wing face-off corner out to the center point before backhanding a pass to defenseman Andrew Campbell above the left wing face-off circle. Campbell launched a slap shot that produced a rebound in front of Heeter. Pearson backhanded in the rebound for his sixth goal of the season.
Mannino (5-2-0) earned his fifth victory of the season stopping 32-of-34 shots. Heeter (3-8-0) took his eighth loss of the season making 33 saves on 36 shots.
Manchester went 0-for-3 on the power play. Adirondack was 1-for-2 with the man advantage.
Notables: The Monarchs improved to 8-1-0-0 on Saturday nights this season…The Monarchs are 1-1-0-0 against the Phantoms this season…Defenseman Slava Voynov leads team blueliners with six goals this season…Center Linden Vey and left wing Tanner Pearson each registered a goal and an assist in the game.
The Monarchs return home to host their annual Teddy Bear Toss game against the Springfield Falcons at the Verizon Wireless Arena at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 16. Catch all of the play-by-play action of Monarchs hockey with Ken Cail on the Monarchs Radio Network at WGIR 610 AM, WTPL ThePulse 107.7 FM, WGIRAM.com, Sirius 207/XM 92 and at ManchesterMonarchs.com, presented by Manchester-Boston Regional Airport.