MANCHESTER, NH – The Manchester Monarchs earned their 11th consecutive win by beating the Worcester Sharks in front of a sell out crowd of 9,932 fans in the second game of a three-game home-stand with a shutout performance by goaltender Barry Brust.
Manchester (33-12-6-1) is leading the Atlantic Division with 73 points. Worcester (24-18-3-6) is ranked fourth in the Atlantic Division with 57 points.
Manchester went fishing at 14:31 of the first period with center Shay Stephenson's fifth goal of the season. Right wing Lauri Tukonen dug the puck out from behind the Sharks net and passed it out in front. The rubber disk bounced off of center Matt Ryan's skate and turned on its edge. Stephenson took the backhand shot, fluttering the puck over Sharks goaltender Thomas Greiss' right shoulder into the left corner of the net.
Defenseman Kevin Dallman reeled in his second goal in as many games since joining the Monarchs on Friday. At 8:23 of the second period, left wing Noah Clarke controlled the puck along the right wing boards and passed it to center Marty Murray deep in Sharks' territory. Murray's saucer pass was deflected into the net by Dallman, lighting the lamp for a 2-0 lead.
Less than a minute later at 9:04, the Monarchs capitalized while on a power play. Defenseman Brendan Buckley picked up a pass from defenseman Doug Nolan and hammered a shot on Greiss. Stephenson, screening the Shark's netminder, redirected the shot five-hole and tallied his second goal of the evening, sixth of his season.
Brust earned his first shutout of the season and third of his Monarchs career. He stopped all 34 shots from the Sharks for the win. The Monarchs have gone 114 minutes and 12 seconds without a point scored through the last three games. The last goal Manchester allowed was on Saturday, February 3 at the 15:48 of the second period to the Providence Bruins.
Brust earned the win in a 34 saves. Greiss took the loss for the Sharks stopping 33 of 36 shots.
Manchester went 1-for- 6 on the power play. Worcester was 0-for-8 with the man advantage.