MANCHESTER, NH –
Center Riley Holzapfel scored the lone goal of the game leading the St. John’s IceCaps to a 1-0 victory over the Manchester Monarchs at Verizon Wireless Arena on Saturday night.
Manchester (1-1-0-0) is tied for second place in the Atlantic Division with two points. St. John’s (2-0-0-0) leads the Atlantic Division with four points.
“Defensively they were good and we were too,” said Monarchs Head Coach Mark Morris. “We didn’t generate enough offense tonight. You have to give their goaltender credit. He made big saves at big times tonight.”
At 3:58 of the first period, center Brandon Kozun
received the first penalty of the night which resulted in the power play strike. Defenseman Zach Redmond’s slap pass was redirected off the stick of Holzapfel at the right doorstep of the Monarchs net. The puck slipped past Monarchs goaltender Martin Jones
to finish off the bang-bang play. Defenseman Mark Flood assisted on Holzapfel’s first goal of the season.
Jones (1-1-0) earned his first loss of the season stopping 22-of-23 shots. IceCaps goaltender Peter Mannino (1-0) earned his first win of the season with 23 saves. Notables:
The last time the Monarchs were shut out was April 1, 2011, a 2-0 defeat against the Worcester Sharks…It was the 40th time the Monarchs have been shutout in team history...Through two games, the Monarchs power play is 1-for-9 on the power play for the season…The Monarchs penalty kill is 6-for-7 for an 85.7% success rate in two games this season.