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Monarchs Lose on Valentine's Day

by Kim Mueller / Los Angeles Kings
Alec Martinez had a goal in the Monarchs loss on Valentine's Day.

MANCHESTER, NH – Right wing Dan DaSilva recorded a hat-trick to lead the Worcester Sharks to a 5-2 victory over the Manchester Monarchs on Valentine’s Day at the Verizon Wireless Arena on Sunday afternoon.

Manchester (31-18-2-5) falls to second place in the Atlantic Division as the loss leaves them one point behind Worcester (33-16-2-2), who leads the Atlantic Division with 70 points.

“I thought we came out flat and had critical errors at crucial times,” explained Monarchs Assistant Coach Scott Pellerin. “They capitalized on these errors. Their team has tremendous speed; they were able to take it to us the first two periods, but our work ethic and determination brought it on in the third.”

DaSilva recorded his second goal of the game and his 10th of the season at 17:46 of the second period to extend the Worcester lead to 3-0. Center Dwight Helminen initiated the play with a shot that rang off the post and fell directly to center Andrew Desjardins, who faked the shot and carried the puck around the back of the net from right to left. Bernier, who had sprawled out on the ground to stop the Desjardins fake, was helpless as Helminen passed the puck to a crashing DaSilva who roofed the puck to clear the top of Bernier.

DaSilva scored a goal only 23 seconds into the game, as he crashed the net and fired a wrist shot that beat Monarchs netminder Jonathan Bernier, glove side, and gave Worcester the early 1-0 advantage. A puck was dumped into the right corner by Worcester defenseman Mike Moore and collected by Helminen. The center, who dodged a check from a Monarchs player, connected with a streaking DaSilva. The left winger blasted a slap shot past a lunging Bernier for the early Sharks lead.

Sharks left wing Frazer McLaren scored his third goal of the season at 12:31 of the first period to double up the Monarchs, 2-0. Steady offensive pressure by the Sharks led to McLaren’s tally as defenseman Nick Petrecki fired a blast from the point on Bernier. The puck rebounded in front of the goal to Mashinter and McLaren, both of whom crashed the net. Mashinter wristed a shot on Bernier that was denied, but the second rebound spilled out to McLaren who forced the puck through heavy crease traffic and over the goal line.

Monarchs defenseman Alec Martinez ripped a slap shot from the blueline to put the Monarchs on the board 3:47 into the third period. A turnover in the Sharks defensive zone was collected by Martinez, who fired a slap shot on net from the blueline that caught the left post and found the back of the net to put the Monarchs on the board early in the third period. Martinez’s goal was unassisted.

Monarchs right wing Jon Rheault decreased the Monarchs deficit to one in the third period as he scored shorthanded at 5:56 in the third period. Center Marc-Andre Cliche passed a puck from the neutral zone up to Martinez, who fired a slap shot on net just ahead of the blueline. Rheault, not giving up on the play, crashed the net and put a deke on the Sharks netminder. The deke allowed the puck to slide around a fallen Worcester netminder Alex Stalock, giving the Monarchs their eighth shorthanded goal of the season. Rheault’s third goal of the season was assisted by both Martinez and Cliche.

Sharks left wing T.J. Trevelyan scored a goal 13:35 into the third period to double up the Sharks lead once again at 4-2. Worcester left wing John McCarthy carried the puck through neutral ice and passed the puck to right wing Matt Jones, who dumped it into the right side corner. Trevelyan sprinted to the puck and skated toward the back of the net. A quick pivot allowed Trevelyan to deke Bernier out of position. Trevelyan skated directly in front of the net and wristed a shot that caught the lower left corner of the goal. Trevelyan’s goal was his 11th of the season and was assisted by McCarthy and Jones.

DaSilva completed the hat trick with an empty net goal with 1:36 left in the third period. Helminen carried the puck into the offensive zone and attempted a shot, but his stick was slapped down by a Monarchs defender. DaSilva fired the puck from long range that found twine to conclude the scoring on the afternoon.

Bernier (23-14-5), playing his third game in as many nights, took his 14th loss of the season, stopping 32 out of 36 shots. Stalock (29-12-1) recorded his league-leading 29th win of the season, making 33 saves on 35 shots.

Manchester was 0-for-3 on the power play. Worcester was also 0-for-3 with the man advantage.

Notables: Manchester dropped down to second place in the Atlantic Division for the second time since losing the lead on February 5; the Monarchs lead the division from October 17 to February 5…Right wing Jon Rheault scored his first goal at the Verizon Wireless Arena this season…Left wing Bud Holloway’s three game scoring streak ended after he collected seven points (1-6=7) from February 6-13…Defenseman Alec Martinez recorded his first two-point (1-1=2) game of the season…Goaltender Jonathan Bernier played in his 100th Monarchs game.

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