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Monarchs Lose Game Seven in OT

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
MANCHESTER, NH – Center Ryan Potulny scored 3:07 into overtime, as the Manchester Monarchs fell to the Binghamton Senators by a 6-5 final Saturday evening at the Verizon Wireless Arena.  The Senators won three straight overtime games to win the 2011 Calder Cup Atlantic Division Semifinal Series B four games to three.

“We’ve had a lot of those lately,” explained Monarchs Head Coach Mark Morris when asked about the tough defeat.  “We’re awfully proud of our guys.”

“When you’re playing against half of the Ottawa Senators, they’re going to test you and they did,” said Morris.  “I know we put them right to the test – they had a few fortunate bounces.  Those first two goals were real lucky.”

“Unfortunately, we couldn’t hold it together down the stretch.  Our guys really competed their tails off; they have nothing to be ashamed of,” concluded Morris.

Potulny scored the game-winning goal 3:07 into the overtime period, lifting the Senators to the series-clinching victory.  Right wing Ryan Keller sent the puck deep into the offensive zone where it was gathered by left wing Colin Greening.  From below the goal line, Greening fed Potulny the puck between the hash marks.  Through a heavy screen in front of Monarchs goaltender Jeff Zatkoff, Potulny’s wrist shot found twine, giving the Senators their sixth goal of the contest.

Keller scored his first goal of the evening at 13:57 of the first period, giving Binghamton the early 1-0 lead.  Following a failed clear attempt by the Monarchs, defenseman Geoff Kinrade picked up the dump which wrapped around glass all the way to the right point.  Kinrade wound up and fired a long range shot which Keller tipped passed Monarchs goaltender Martin Jones, over his left shoulder, for the first goal of the game.  Potulny also collected an assist on the play.
Keller scored his second goal of the playoffs at 16:41 of the first period, doubling the Binghamton advantage to 2-0.  Greening’s aggressive fore-check near the right wing boards caused a turnover in the Monarchs defensive zone.  A quick spin from his position preceded a shot on goal that was turned aside by Jones.  Potulny gathered the rebound near the left face-off circle and placed the puck on goal.  Keller, on the doorstep, forced the puck past Jones for the second goal of the game for Binghamton.

Right wing Erik Condra scored his first goal of the post-season 56 seconds into the middle frame, giving Binghamton the 3-0 lead.  Potulny collected the turnover and sent a pass up ice to Condra, who skated into the offensive zone with defenseman Viatcheslav Voynov nipping at his heels.  Evading the stick work of Voynov, Condra was able to slide the puck past Jones, five-hole, for the third goal of the game for Binghamton.

Following Condra’s tally, Zatkoff replaced Jones between the pipes for the Monarchs.

Right wing Bud Holloway scored his fourth goal of the playoffs at 5:11 of the second period.  From the right wing half wall, left wing Dwight King sent the puck down below the goal line where it was gathered by center Justin Azevedo.  Holloway crept into the slot and received the delayed feed from Azevedo below the goal line and forced the puck home after two swipes at it in the goal crease.

Binghamton answered just 54 seconds after the Manchester strike, as right wing Bobby Butler scored his fourth goal of the post-season at 6:05 of the second period.  From behind the Binghamton goal, Kinrade wrapped the puck around the glass to Condra, who was streaking up the right wing boards.  Entering the zone just ahead of Butler, Condra’s drop pass to Butler at the right point was quickly fired home from the blueline, beating Zatkoff, top-shelf, to give the Senators a 4-1 lead.

Defenseman Jake Muzzin scored his third goal of the playoffs at 11:53 of the second period, cutting Binghamton advantage in half while scoring their second goal of the game.  From deep in the offensive zone, Azevedo sent the puck around the right wing boards where it was gathered near the right face-off circle by Holloway.  Sending the puck toward the right point, Muzzin gathered the Holloway feed and fired it home from the point to beat Senators goaltender Robin Lehner with the powerful blast.

Right wing Brandon Kozun scored his first goal of the post-season at 17:43 of the second period to bring the score to 4-2 late in the second period.  Defenseman Jordan Hill quarterbacked the breakout, streaking up center ice with the puck.  Hill sent a feed up to right wing Jordan Nolan, who side-stepped a Senators defender in an effort to get to the puck.  A soft wrist shot was kicked aside by Lehner, but the rebound was tapped home by Kozun, who was streaking up the right wing boards and crashing the net.

Center John Zeiler scored his first goal of the playoffs to tie the score at four goals apiece in the second period.  From the left point, Muzzin sent the puck behind the net where left wing Richard Clune was positioned.  A quick feed from behind the net caught the stick of Zeiler, who was crossing the crease from left-to-right.  Zeiler stick handled the puck and deked Lehner out of position, allowing the puck to cross the goal line for the equalizing tally.

King scored what was the go-ahead goal at 10:19 of the third period, giving Manchester the 5-4 lead.  Voynov sent a pass from the point to Azevedo, positioned within the left face-off circle.  A quick cross-the-slot pass connected with King, whose slap shot beat the sliding Lehner for the go-ahead goal.

Condra recorded the equalizer at 18:15 of the third period, forcing extra frames of hockey with the score tied at five.  Potulny initiated the breakout from the defensive zone, sending a pass forward to Keller, who broke into the zone.  Keller deked a Monarchs defender, evading his checks, before sending a pass across the slot to Condra, who wristed a shot on goal near the left post.  Zatkoff caught part of the puck with his glove, but the puck trickled in behind him for the game-tying goal.

Zatkoff (1-3) collected his third loss of the post-season, halting 20-of-23 shots on goal in relief of Jones (2-1), who stopped 13-of-16 shots through 20:56.

Manchester was 2-for-4 on the power play.  Binghamton was 0-for-3 with the man advantage.

The Monarchs four goals in the second period tied the all-time team playoff record for goals in a period…That feat has happened four times prior, most recently against the Senators on April 19 during game four’s 6-3 victory…The Monarchs and Senators combined for six goals in the second period, breaking the all-time team playoff record for goals in a period…The previous record was five combined goals in one game, which happened five times prior, most recently in game four of this playoff series against Binghamton in the 6-3 victory…The Monarchs and Senators combined for 11 goals in tonight’s contest, a post-season high for Manchester this year…Center Justin Azevedo recorded three assists in tonight’s contest, marking his second three-point effort of the post-season.
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