BINGHAMTON, NY– Goaltender Barry Brust stopped 38-of-39 shots in the Manchester Monarchs 3-1 victory over the Binghamton Senators in front of 4,710 fans on Sunday evening.
Manchester (35-21-2-4, 76 points) is in third place in the Atlantic Division. Binghamton (24-30-3-3, 54 points) is in sixth place in the East Division.
Defenseman Denis Grebeshkov gave the Monarchs a power play goal at 5:27 of the first period. Right wing Brad Smyth collected the puck behind the Senators net and sent a pass to left wing Noah Clarke along the right boards. Clarke continued to cycle the puck and fed it to Grebeshkov at the center point. With traffic in front of Binghamton goaltender Kelly Guard, Grebeshkov fired a slap shot buzzing through bodies for his second tally of the season.
Right wing Konstantin Pushkarev raced through the Senators zone and into slot just in time to receive a pass from center Matt Ryan. Pushkarev flipped the puck over the goal line for his 18th goal of the season to give the Monarchs a 2-1 lead at the 16:41 mark of the middle frame.
Senators right wing Brandon Bochenski ended Brust's shutout bid by collecting a pass from defenseman Filip Novak in the neutral zone and then fighting off Monarchs defenders before roofing the puck over Brust for his 20th goal of the season. Guard also assisted on Binghamton's lone goal at 18:20 of the third period.
Center Connor James ended the game by stealing the puck at center ice and scoring an empty net goal at 19:18 of the final period to give the Monarchs a 3-1 win.
Brust (16-9-1) stopped 38 shots for his 16th win of the season. Guard (15-14-1) took the loss with 30 saves.
Manchester went 1-for-4 on the power play. Binghamton was 1-for-5 with the man advantage.