MANCHESTER, NH ? Defenseman Brian Boyle tipped in the game winner as the Manchester Monarchs defeated the Hartford Wolf Pack, 2-1, in front of 4,702 fans at the Verizon Wireless Arena on Sunday.
Manchester (5-4-1-1) is tied for second place in the Atlantic Division with 12 points. Hartford (5-5-0-1) is tied for fourth place in the Atlantic Division with 11 points.
With the two teams locked in a tie late in the third period, Boyle's third goal of the season at the 14:06 mark of the final stanza gave Manchester the 2-1 win. Wolf Packs left wing Lauri Korpikoski took a slashing penalty to put Hartford down a man. Only 40 seconds into the ensuing power play, Boyle tipped in a shot from right wing Teddy Purcell who was stationed at the center point. Boyle's large frame screened Hartford's netminder Chris Holt so he never saw the puck. Center Gabe Gauthier earned the secondary assist on the play, his second point of the game.
The Monarchs were first to light the lamp on Sunday afternoon with a power play tally at 14:28 of the opening frame. With Wolf Pack right wing Francis Lessard in the box for cross-checking, Purcell unleashed a shot from the high slot that slipped past the screened Holt. Gauthier and right wing Lauri Tukonen were credited with the assists on Purcell's fifth goal of the season.
Hartford struck back with a tally from right wing Greg Moore as he carried the puck down the right wing. Moore dangled past a number of Monarchs defenders and slipped a backhand shot over the left shoulder of Monarchs netminder Erik Ersberg. The goal was Moore's fifth of the season with assists going to right wing Alex Bourret and defenseman Jake Taylor at 16:51 of the first period.
Ersberg (4-1-1) stopped 34-of-35 shots in the victory. Holt (3-2-0) took the loss stopping 27 of the 29 shots that he faced.
Manchester went 2-for-3 on the power play, while Hartford was 0-for-3 with the man advantage.