CHICAGO, IL – An all-around team effort gave the Manchester Monarchs their fourth consecutive victory, a 7-2 win over the reigning Calder Cup champion Chicago Wolves in front of 4,417 fans at the Allstate Arena on Tuesday night.
Manchester (7-6-0-3) picked up their fourth consecutive road win to move into a tie for sixth place in the Atlantic Division with 17 points. Chicago (12-5-1-1) is ranked first in the West Division with 26 points.
Right wing Teddy Purcell picked up his second tally of the game at 2:55 of the second stanza for the eventual game-winner. Defenseman Alec Martinez sent the puck into the Wolves zone along the left wing boards for left wing Scott Parse to pick up along the circle. Parse turned and passed the rubber biscuit to Purcell between the hash marks. The right winger side-stepped a Wolves defender and with netminder Dan Turple down on the ice, Purcell shot the puck into the open net.
The Monarchs started off the scoring at 5:19 of the first period and never looked back. Manchester carried a bouncing puck into the Wolves zone. Right wing Kevin Westgarth controlled the puck along the right wing boards and found Parse in the right face-off circle. Parse blasted a one-timer into the top right corner of the net for his second goal of the season. Center Michel Leveille picked up his sixth assist of the season on the game's first goal.
Purcell picked up his seventh goal of the season at the seven-minute mark of the opening frame. Center Gabe Gauthier tangled with a Wolves player off the draw in the right face-off circle while left wing Matt Moulson found the loose puck and slid it over to Purcell at the top of the circle. The Monarchs leading goal scorer snapped a shot into the top left corner of the net and past Turple for a 2-0 advantage.
Chicago cut the Monarchs lead in half with a power play goal at 15:41 of the first period. Left wing Brett Sterling cycled the puck to center Steve Martins along the left wing boards. Martins found his leading scorer, right wing Joe Motzko, between the hash marks. Motzko carried the puck into the right face-off circle and sent a wrist shot over Monarchs netminder Jonathan Quick's left shoulder to bring the game to 2-1 with his team leading 10th goal of the season.
Skating shorthanded, the Monarchs put goal No. 4 in the net at 8:12 of the middle frame off the stick of center Trevor Lewis. Right wing David Meckler stole the puck away from the Wolves along Chicago's blueline. On the fly, Meckler skated in on Turple with only one defender back for the Wolves. Meckler ripped a shot at the bottom, inside corner of the right face-off circle. Turple made the save but Lewis was trailing his teammate and picked up the rebound for his fourth tally of the season and third shorthanded goal of his professional career.
Center Justin Azevedo picked up his second goal and fifth point in his fifth game of the season to bring the Monarchs to a 5-1 lead heading into the locker room for the second intermission. On the power play, Gauthier fed the puck to Purcell along the end redline to the left of the net. Azevedo was on the left doorstep for the short pass and then took two swipes at the puck before it slipped past Turple for the power play goal at 15:18 of the second period.
Azevedo's goal chased Turple from the crease as he stopped 16-out-21 shots in just over 35 minutes of playing time. Netminder Robert Gherson went in net for Chicago for the rest of game.
Right wing Bud Holloway rifled in his fourth tally of the season at 1:22 of the third period to give Manchester a 6-1 lead. Center Marty Murray kept the puck in the Wolves' zone and Holloway picked up the puck along the right wing boards halfway into the zone. Holloway fired a quick wrist shot that beat Gherson on his glove side.
The scoring for the Monarchs continued with Westgarth's first goal of the season at 10:12 of the final stanza. Parse found Westgarth all alone in the slot. The 6-foot-5, 247-pound enforcer took the puck from his forehand to his backhand and flipped it over Gherson for the tally. Defenseman Viatcheslav Voynov picked up an assist on the Monarchs' seventh goal of the night.
Chicago picked up their second goal of night at 18:14 of the third period with left wing Colin Stuart's fourth goal of the season. Defenseman James Sanford scooped up the puck behind the Monarchs net and found Stuart on the Monarchs doorstep for a quick one-timer that beat Quick for the late goal. Defenseman Tyson Marsh collected an assist on the final goal of the night.
Quick (3-5-1) earned his third win of the season stopping 29 shots. Turple (5-2-0) picked up his second loss of the season with 16 saves. Gherson (2-1-0) stopped 11-of-13 shots in his relief effort.
Manchester went 2-for-3 on the power play. Chicago was also 1-for-6 with the man advantage.