MANCHESTER, NH – Young Gun center Gabe Gauthier scored his first goal of the season and the only one in the game for the home team as the Manchester Monarchs fall to the Providence Bruins 2-1 in front of 8,827 fans at the Verizon Wireless Arena on Saturday night.
At the 11:13 of the second period, center Matt Hendricks scored his second goal of the season and his second of the night to lift the Bruins to victory. Left wing Chris Collins went tape-to-tape with defenseman Matt Lashoff who was stationed at the top of the right face-off circle. Hendricks, charging toward the right post, received a pass from Lashoff and ricochet the puck off of goaltender Dan Cloutier's left pad. The puck somersaulted over Cloutier's shoulder and fell in the net giving the Bruins the 2-1 lead and the inevitably victory.
The first goal scored of the Monarchs 2007-08 season went to the Bruins at 1:55 of the opening frame. Right wing Jeff Hoggan and right wing Martins Karsums passed the puck between sticks as they went over the blueline into the Monarchs zone. On the right post of Cloutier, Hendricks glided open awaiting the puck. Karsums passed the disk to Hendricks who slipped it five-hole for his first of two goals in the game.
Returning the favor for the Monarchs on the power play was Gauthier. Right wing Teddy Purcell found defenseman Peter Harrold alone in the center of the Bruins zone. Harrold took the initial shot which was blocked by the pads of net minder Tuukka Rask. Quick on the draw, Gauthier jammed the puck into the net at 7:38 for his first goal of the year tying the game at one apiece.
With Hendricks aerobatic goal at 11:13 of the second period, the Bruins went on to hold the Monarchs to 11 shots on net in the third period but allowed no goals.
Cloutier incurred the loss stopping 28-of-30 shots he faced, while Rask got the win stopping 27-of-28 shots on net.