Monarchs Harnessed By Falcons Captain Murray nets his second of the season in the Monarchs loss SPRINGFIELD, MA - The Manchester Monarchs were not able to overcome a 3-0 deficit to the Springfield Flacons in a 3-2 loss in front of 3,715 fans at the MassMutual Center on Saturday night.
Manchester (10-9-0-3, 23 points) is tied for sixth place in the Atlantic Division. Springfield (11-9-2-1, 25 points) is tied for third place in the Atlantic Division.
"Early on in the game, we weren't as sharp as we needed to be overcoming a three goal deficit," said Head Coach Mark Morris. "We did our best to close the gap but we ran out of time."
Exactly three minutes after their second goal, the Falcons were able to score their third and decisive goal of the night. With Monarchs Captain, center Marty Murray, in the box for a bench minor, left wing Viatcheslav Trukhno tallied his third goal of the season. Defenseman Mathieu Roy skated behind the net and found an anxious Trukhno in the slot who put the rubber biscuit into the back of the basket. The assist was Roy's second on the night and third of the year.
The Falcons started the scoring toward the end of the first period at 18:31. Left wing Bryan Lerg skated into the Monarchs zone and ripped a shot from the left circle. Monarchs' netminder Jonathan Bernier kicked the shot to his left and directly to center Ryan Potulny who gathered the puck. Potulny wristed a shot at Bernier that bounced over his left pad and into the net.
Potulny continued his scoring 21 seconds into the second period with a 4-on-4 lamp lighter. Roy stationed himself at the point and slapped a shot toward the Monarchs net. Potulny sat in front of the net along with several Monarchs players and was able to tip the shot past Bernier for his 13th tally of the season and second of the night making it three unanswered goals for the Falcons.
Manchester made their first mark on the game in the second period at 6:48. Defenseman Alec Martinez skated into the Falcons zone along the left wing boards and found defenseman Drew Bagnall located at the point. Murray sat to the right of Falcons goaltender Devan Dubynk and took a pass from Bagnall. Murray calmly skated around the netminder and slid the puck into the bottom right corner of the net for his second goal of the season. The assist was Bagnall's first point on the year.
Tic-tac-toe passing allowed left wing Vladimir Dravecky to score his second goal of the year. At 6:44 of the third period, right wing Bud Holloway handled the puck in the bottom right corner of the Falcons zone before passing to defenseman Josh Kidd in the right circle. Dravecky was at the bottom of the right circle and accepted a touch pass from Kidd. The winger then made a move on a Falcons' defenseman and snapped a shot passed Dubynk from the slot bringing the score to 3-2.
"Some miscues cost us dearly. This is one we'd like to have back," said Morris.
Bernier (5-4-2) suffered his fourth loss on the season with 23 saves on 26 shots. Dubynk (11-10-1) tallied his 11th victory of the year with 23 saves on 25 shots.
Manchester went 0-for-4 on the power play. Springfield was 1-for-8 with an extra attacker.