BRIDGEPORT, CT –
Goaltender Martin Jones
stopped all 27 shots he faced and collected his first shutout of his professional career as the Manchester Monarchs blanked the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, 1-0, at the Arena at Harbor Yard on Saturday night.
Manchester (11-6-1-1) recorded their 11th win of the season and remains in second place in the Atlantic Division with 24 points. The Sound Tigers (7-11-0-0) are tied for sixth place in the Atlantic Division with 14 points.
The lone goal of the game came at 11:20 of the opening frame when center Marc-Andre Cliche tallied his second goal of the season. Center Andrei Loktionov held the puck in the right corner of the Sound Tigers’ zone before finding center Oscar Moller in the right face-off circle. Moller received the pass and quickly sent a pass over to Cliche who was skating through the slot. Cliche was able to get his stick on the puck and flip it past goaltender Nathan Lawson before falling to the ice.
Jones (3-1-0) collected his third win of the season and his first professional shutout with 27 saves. Lawson (1-4-0) dropped his fourth game of the season, halting 26-of-27 shots on net.
Manchester was 0-for-2 on the power play. Bridgeport was 0-for-4 with the man advantage.
Notables: The Monarchs are on their longest winning streak of the season with four wins in a row dating back to November 14…Goaltender Martin Jones recorded his first professional shutout stopping all 27 shots…Center Marc-Andre Cliche has collected goals in back-to-back games following a nine-game scoring drought.
The Monarchs host the Providence Bruins at the Verizon Wireless Arena in a 3:00 p.m. contest on Sunday, November 21. Join the Monarchs for Sunday Fundays with a bounce house, rock climbing wall and much, much more on the arena’s plaza during every Sunday home game during the season. Catch all of the play-by-play action of Monarchs hockey with Ken Cail on the Monarchs Radio Network WGAM 900/1250 AM and at www.manchestermonarchs.com.