HARTFORD, CT – Six goals by six different players lifted the Manchester Monarchs to a 6-3 win over the Hartford Wolf Pack in front of 1,771 fans at the XL Center on Wednesday night.
Manchester (20-23-0-5, 45 points) is in sixth place in the Atlantic Division. Hartford (25-19-2-3, 55 points) is rank third in the Atlantic Division.
"We had a more complete effort," said Head Coach Mark Morris. "Our guys seemed to have a little more jump than Hartford. (Daniel) Taylor had a strong effort and our defense played one of their better games of the season. We're please to have bounced back and we hope to carry it through the weekend."
Manchester extended their advantage to 4-1 at 12:37 of the middle frame with center Marty Murray's eighth goal of the season. Defenseman Joe Piskula fired a shot on net from the right point that goaltender Matt Zaba saved. Left wing Matt Moulson was on the doorstep and swiped at the puck but it was Murray who swiped it over the goal line.
The Wolf Pack struck first with right wing Pierre Parenteau's 21st goal of the season at 6:24 of the opening period. On the power play, defenseman Corey Potter blasted a shot from the center point on target. Goaltender Daniel Taylor made the save but the puck fell to his right side for Parenteau to backhand into the net. Center Artem Anisimov collected an assist on the first goal of the game.
Just under two minutes later, Moulson evened the game at 1-1 with his eighth goal of the season. Right wing Teddy Purcell collected and controlled the puck along the left wing boards during the Monarchs first power play of the game. Purcell sent the puck to Murray behind the Wolf Pack's cage. The veteran center fed a pass into the slot for Moulson to one-time between the legs of Zaba at 8:20 of the first period.
Center Justin Azevedo gave Manchester their first lead of the game at 4:13 of the middle stanza. Capitalizing on the power play for the second time of the night, defenseman Viatcheslav Voynov shot the puck from the right point. The puck bounced off of center Trevor Lewis and landed in front of Azevedo. The rookie center picked up the puck and swiped it around Zaba for his sixth goal of the season.
Voynov put one in the back of the net at 4:38 of the second period for his fifth tally of the season. Center David Meckler won the face-off to right wing Vladimir Dravecky who found Voynov between the hash marks. The rookie defenseman blasted a one-timer into the back of the net to give the Monarchs a 3-1 lead.
Left wing Jordan Owens answered back with his ninth goal of the season to cut the lead in half. Parenteau sent the puck over to Owens at the top of the right face-off circle. Owens side-stepped Meckler and wristed a shot past Taylor to bring the score to 4-2 at 17:54 of the second period. Defenseman Brian Fahey assisted on the Wolf Pack's second goal of the night.
The Monarchs began the third period like they did the second, with a goal. Skating four-on-four, defenseman Alec Martinez one-timed a pass from defenseman Drew Bagnall. Martinez's shot traveled through traffic and was tipped past Zaba's glove by left wing Scott Parse for his team leading 13th goal of the season at the 27-second mark of the final stanza.
Meckler picked up the team's sixth goal of the night and third on the power play at 18:35 of the final period. Lewis rifled a slap shot from the right point that Zaba saved. Meckler was being checked from behind on the doorstep and as he fell to the ice, he swiped the puck around the goaltender for a 6-2 lead. Center Gabe Gauthier earned an assist on Meckler's 11th goal of the season.
Hartford's right wing Dale Weise got the last word when he put his fifth goal of the season past Taylor at 19:58 of the third period. Potter's shot bounced off the end boards and Weise backhanded it past Taylor to bring the final score to 6-3. Defenseman Michael Sauer picked up an assist on the final goal.
Taylor (2-1-0) earned his second win of the season with 23 saves on 26 shots. Zaba (9-7-0) took his seventh loss of the season with 28 saves.
Manchester went 3-for-6 on the power play. Hartford was 1-for-5 with the man advantage.