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Monarchs beat Sens 6-3

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
BINGHAMTON, NY – The Manchester Monarchs skated away with a 6-3 victory in game four of the 2011 Calder Cup Atlantic Division Semifinal Series B against the Binghamton Senators at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena on Tuesday night.  The Monarchs lead the Senators 3-1 in the best-of-seven series.  Game five is scheduled for Wednesday, April 20 at 7:05 p.m. in Binghamton.

“The first and third periods were solid for us,” explained Head Coach Mark Morris.  “For a while in the second we lost our way but to finish so strong leaves us with a good feeling.  It’s important that we pick up where we left off so we can take the next step.  There’s work ahead and we continue to learn valuable lessons about playoff hockey.”

The Monarchs pick up a shorthanded goal at 13:56 of the third period as right wing John Zeiler sat in the penalty box for roughing.  Right wing Bud Holloway and center Justin Azevedo broke into the Senators zone on a 2-on-1 breakaway.  Holloway skated down the left wing and put the breaks on in the left face-off circle.  The right wing fired a pass to the right side of the slot for Azevedo to one-time into the back of the net for his second goal of the post-season.

Defenseman Viatcheslav Voynov collected his first goal of the post-season at 10:01 of the opening frame to put the Monarchs up 1-0.  Skating on the power play, right wing Brandon Kozun sent the puck from the top of the left face-off circle down to center Brayden Schenn who was to the left of the goal along the end red line.  Schenn held the puck as he surveyed the scene.  As Voynov skated down from the point and onto the right hash mark, Schenn threaded the needle as he passed the puck through traffic.  Voynov one-timed the pass and beat goaltender Barry Brust on his glove side.

The Monarchs took a 2-0 lead at 1:50 of the second period when defenseman David Kolomatis netted his second goal of the playoffs.  Holloway handed off the puck to defenseman Thomas Hickey who broke through the neutral zone.  Hickey crossed over the Senators blueline and flipped a pass over to Kolomatis who was skating down the right wing.  As Kolomatis entered the right face-off circle, he wound up and blasted a shot that deflected off of a Senators player and over Brust’s glove.

Center Ryan Potulny evened the game at 2-2 with two goals just over a minute apart.  Potulny’s first goal of the night and third tally of the season came at 2:56 of the second period.  Right wing Ryan Keller carried the puck down the right wing with Potulny skating down the center of the Monarchs zone.  With two Monarchs players diving on the ice to block the shot by Keller, the right wing fed a pass around the downed players and into the slot.  Potulny skated in alone and one-timed the puck past Monarchs netminder Martin Jones.  Right wing Roman Wick also picked up an assist on the Senators first goal of the game.

At 3:57 of the middle frame, Potulny recorded his second goal of the game to tie the contest at 2-2.  Left wing David Dziurzynski collected a pass behind the Monarchs net from defenseman Andre Benoit.  Dziurzynski skated behind the cage from left-to-right and into the corner where he passed the puck to Potulny in the right face-off circle.  Potulny grabbed the puck and snapped a shot between the pads of Jones for his fourth goal of the post-season.

Center Brayden Schenn gave the Monarchs the one-goal lead back at 7:05 of the final frame with his first tally of the playoffs.  Skating in on Brust on a 2-on-1 breakaway, left wing Ray Kaunisto skated down the right wing.  In the right face-off circle, Kaunisto snapped a wrist shot that Brust made the chest save on.  Schenn, skating in from the left wing, flipped the rebound in on Brust.  The puck squeezed through the netminder’s legs and narrowly crossed the goal line before Brust’s momentum pushed the net free from the posts.  Holloway recorded an assist on the Monarchs go-ahead goal.

The Monarchs 3-2 lead was brief as Potulny completed his hat trick at 9:34 of the third period.  Keller carried the puck down the right wing and fired a shot on Jones with Wick skating in for the deflection.  Jones made the initial save but the rebound popped free into the slot for Potulny to pick up.  The center attempted to drag the puck around the fallen goaltender but ended up pushing the puck under Jones glove and into the net to tie the game 3-3.

At 15:36 of the final frame, left wing David Meckler recorded his first goal of the playoffs to give the Monarchs a 5-3 advantage.  Meckler carried the puck from the left corner of the Senators zone to the left post and jammed it into Brust’s pads.  Meckler continued to swipe at the puck until it hopped over Brust’s left pad and into goal.  Left wing Richard Clune earned an assist on Meckler’s goal.

Center Corey Elkins finished off the Senators with his second goal of the playoffs at 17:26 of the third period.  Skating on the power play, Elkins stole the puck from a Senators defenseman in the right corner and walked in on Brust.  Elkins fired the puck into the top right corner of the cage to bring the final score to 6-3 in the Monarchs favor.

Jones (2-0) earned his second win of the post-season with 35 saves on 38 shots.  Brust (1-3) took his third loss of the playoffs by stopping 20-of-26 shots.

Manchester was a perfect 2-for-2 on the power play.  Binghamton was 0-for-4 with the man advantage.

Notables:  The Monarchs scored in the first period for the first time during this playoff series with the Senators…Manchester’s four goals in the third period ties a post-season record for the most goals in one period; the Monarchs have scored four goals in one period three times now…Center Justin Azevedo’s shorthanded goal is the first game-winning shorthanded goal in Monarchs playoff history…Four Monarchs players have scored shorthanded goals in the team’s post-season history…Center Ryan Potulny’s hat trick is the first time in Monarchs playoff history that the opponent has recorded a hat trick…Right wing Bud Holloway picked up three assists to bring his four-game playoff total to eight points (3-5=8)…Center Brayden Schenn, left wing David Meckler and defenseman Viatcheslav Voynov recorded their first goals of the post-season.
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