Manchester (28-23-0-2) is in second place in the Atlantic Division with 58 points. Springfield (23-23-2-2) is ranked fourth in the Northeast Division with 50 points.
“This afternoon was one I hope we soon forget,” said Monarchs Head Coach Mark Morris. “Had we got on the board early it might’ve been a different story. We had a goal called back, a breakaway and several glorious chances. Defensively, we just had too many mistakes. At practice this week, we shouldn’t have a hard time finding things we need to work on. This one was a clunker.”
Right wing Cam Atkinson gave the Falcons a 2-0 lead at 4:02 of the middle stanza. Left wing Alexandre Giroux gained the Monarchs zone along the left wing boards skating toward the net. Giroux faked a slap shot causing a Monarchs defender to go down for a blocked shot. The left wing curled around the outstretched defender before partially fanning on the shot. The puck trickled to the right post where Atkinson buried it over Monarchs goaltender Jeff Zatkoff
. The eventual game-winning goal was Atkinson’s 27th tally of the season and was also assisted by center Martin St. Pierre.
The Falcons opened the scoring 1:48 into the game with a goal off the stick of left wing Wade MacLeod. As the Falcons cycled the puck, left wing Aaron Bogosian passed the puck from the left corner to defenseman Greg Amadio at the left point. Amadio sent a pass to MacLeod in front of the net. The left wing corralled the puck and flipped a backhander past the left pad of Zatkoff.
Springfield pushed the score to 3-0 with left wing Matt Calvert’s 11th goal of the season at 12:48 of the second period. Left wing Maksim Mayorov fought off a defenseman behind the Monarchs net before he broke free and attempted a wraparound at the right post. Zatkoff made the pad save but Calvert was on the left doorstep to tap in the rebound.
Center Andrew Joudrey gave the Falcons a 4-0 lead at 2:48 of the third period. MacLeod attempted a wrap around on the left doorstep of Zatkoff but trickled out to the slot. Joudrey picked up the puck and wristed it into the open net for his eighth goal of the season. Defenseman Theo Ruth also tallied an assist on the play.
The Falcons scored their fifth and final goal at 9:32 of the third period when Giroux converted on a breakaway attempt. The play started with the Monarchs controlling the play in the Falcons zone. A Monarchs defenseman shot the puck from the left point that was deflected off Atkinson’s stick and over to St. Pierre at the top of the left face-off circle. Giroux took off through the neutral zone where St. Pierre hit him in stride for a breakaway. Giroux skated in toward the net and snapped a wrist shot past Zatkoff’s block for his 17th tally of the season.
The Monarchs scored their only goal of the game at 18:52 of the third period to end the shutout bid for Falcons netminder Paul Dainton. Skating on the power play, Monarchs defenseman David Kolomatis
controlled the puck at the left point and skated to the center point before playing it to right wing Linden Vey
at the top of the left wing face-off circle. Vey fired a pass intended for right wing Brandon Kozun
on the left doorstep but it was deflected and picked up by center Robbie Czarnik in between the hash marks. Czarnik lifted a backhander high on the stick side of Dainton for his seventh goal of the season.
Zatkoff (15-10-1) took his 10th loss of the season stopping 20-of-25 shots. Dainton (6-3-0) earned his sixth win of the season making 24 saves on 25 shots.
Manchester went 1-for-6 on the power play. Springfield was 0-for-4 with the man advantage. Notables:
The Monarchs had their season long four-game winning-streak ended…Monarchs center Robbie Czarnik has eight points (3-5=8) in his last six games…Right wing Linden Vey
has seven points (2-5=7) in his last six games for the Monarchs…Defensemen Patrick Mullen
and Nick Deslauriers played the wing for the Monarchs in the game.