|Juraj Mikus scored his first goal of the season with Manchester on Sunday.
MANCHESTER, NH – The Manchester Monarchs power play lit the lamp four times to top the Springfield Falcons, 6-1, in front of 3,603 at the Verizon Wireless Arena on Sunday afternoon.
Manchester (5-2-0-0) moved into sole possession of first place in the Atlantic Division with 10 points. Springfield (3-4-0-0) is in fifth place in the Atlantic Division with six points.
A minute and 49 seconds following a goal by center Corey Elkins, center Juraj Mikus tallied his first goal of the season. Right wing Kevin Westgarth battled with a Falcons defenseman behind Springfield’s net. Westgarth won the puck battle and found Mikus skating in from the right face-off circle. Backhanding the pass, Mikus chipped the puck into the far left post to give the Monarchs a 2-0 lead at 3:49 of the first period.
The Monarchs power play went to work early in the game as Elkins scored his first goal of the season at the two-minute mark of the opening frame. Halfway through Falcons defenseman Dean Arsene’s penalty for holding, the Monarchs set up their power play unit in Springfield’s zone. Right wing Scott Parse controls the puck at the left point. He sent a pass to right wing Brandon Segal in the left face-off circle who fired a shot on goaltender Aaron Sorochan. The netminder made the save but the rebound bounced out to Elkins who quickly slid the puck under Sorochan and across the goal line for his first professional goal.
Left wing Bud Holloway scored his third goal in less than 24 hours when he tapped in a power play goal at 17:46 of the opening frame. Defenseman Thomas Hickey worked the puck at the point before he ripped a shot on Sorochan. The rebound from his shot spurted out to the hash marks where center Andrei Loktionov jammed the bouncing puck back toward the net as he dropped to one knee. Holloway was positioned on the left post for the tap in.
The Monarchs made it 4-0 at 9:35 of the second period with Loktionov’s fourth goal of the season. Parse chipped the through neutral ice to Loktionov sprinting across the Falcons blueline. The rookie center skated down the left wing and snapped a wrist shot into the top left corner of the net. Defenseman Viatcheslav Voynov earned an assist on the goal.
Manchester’s power play continued to click as Parse scored the third power play tally of the night at 11:42 of the second period. The Monarchs were cycling the puck from Segal to center Justin Azevedo to Parse along the left wing boards. Parse took a couple steps into the face-off circle toward the net and then blasted a shot past for Sorochan for his team leading 11th point (2-9=11).
The final goal to come off a Monarchs stick was credited to left wing David Meckler at the 1:33 mark of the final frame. For Manchester’s fourth power play goal of the night, Segal started the play by sending the puck from the left face-off circle to the left corner where Azevedo redirected the pass to the crease. Meckler was on the doorstep, picked up the puck and slid it around Sorochan for his first tally of the season.
Springfield ended Monarchs netminder Jeff Zatkoff’s shutout bid when left wing Chris Minard scored his third goal of the season at 13:59 of the third period. On the power play, defenseman Chad Wiseman sent a slap shot from the center point through traffic that Minard tipped over Zatkoff’s left shoulder. Left wing Charles Linglet assisted on Springfield’s lone goal.
Zatkoff (1-1-0) picked up his first win of the season with 21 saves. Sorochan (0-1-0) took his first loss of the season with 30 saves on 36 shots.
Manchester went 4-for-6 on the power play. Springfield was 1-for-6 with the man advantage.
Notables: Center Juraj Mikus scored his first goal of the season on his first shot during his first shift in his first game of the season…Center Corey Elkins scored his first professional goal…Goaltender Jeff Zatkoff earned his first win of the season…Right wing Scott Parse continues to lead the Monarchs in scoring as he picked up three more points (1-2=3) tonight…Parse has 11 points (2-9=11) on the season…Parse is tied with center Andrei Loktionov in the plus/minus category for the Monarchs; they both have a plus-8 on the season…Center Bud Holloway scored his third goal in less than 24 hours tonight; two goals last night and one tonight…Right wing Kevin Westgarth squared off with former Monarchs/current Falcons left wing Kip Brennan.