MANCHESTER, NH – The Manchester Monarchs ended their three-game winless streak with a 5-4 shootout victory over the Providence Bruins on Saturday night in front of 6,011 fans at the Verizon Wireless Arena.
Manchester (11-10-0-4, 26 points) is tied for sixth place in the Atlantic Division. Providence (16-9-1-1, 34 points) is in first place in the Atlantic Division.
The Monarchs won the shootout as left wing Vladimir Dravecky scored the lone goal for Manchester and goaltender Jonathan Bernier stoned all five of the Bruins' shooters. Providence's netminder Kevin Regan stopped four of Manchester's five snipers.
The Monarchs started the game off strong in the first period with three power play tallies before they headed into the locker room for intermission. Defenseman Viatcheslav Voynov hooked the puck into the net scoring his fourth goal of the season at 6:04 of the opening frame with the 5-on-3 man advantage. Center Marty Murray skipped a passed to center Gabe Gauthier who was stationed on the right side of the net. Gauthier found Voynov sitting in the slot for the first goal of the night.
With one Providence player in the penalty box, the Monarchs lit the lamp at 6:35 in the first period. Right wing Trevor Lewis slapped the puck from the right face-off circle to Murray who then made a short pass to center Brian Boyle. Just feet from the goal, Boyle flipped in his fifth goal of the season for a 2-0 win.
The scoring continued for the Monarchs as they served up tic-tac-toe passing. Lewis' seventh goal of the season came at 18:45 of the first frame. Murray sent the puck behind the cage to Boyle who quickly found Lewis in the slot for the one-timer and third goal of the first period.
The Bruins put their first mark on the scoreboard in the second period at 4:29. Left wing Peter Schaefer gave the puck to right wing Mikko Lehtonen on the blueline who then shifted the puck to center Martin St.Pierre. The center scored his ninth goal of the season from the left face-off circle for a 3-1 game.
Picking up their second tally of the night, the Bruins scored at 11:57 of the second. From the left face-off circle, St. Pierre fired the puck to defenseman Kevin Schaeffer on the right point. Schaffer fired the puck toward the net and Schaefer tipped it past Bernier for his second goal of the season.
The Monarchs scored in the second period as Lewis fed the puck to left wing Scott Parse. The left wing then handed it off to defenseman Eric Werner at right point. Werner powerfully slapped the puck into the cage for his first goal of the season at 14:11 of the middle frame.
Center Zach Hamill gave the Bruins their third goal of the night at 2:19 of the third period. Left wing Matt Marquardt handed the puck to right wing Brad Marchand on the left side of the net. Marchand quickly passed the puck to Hamill at the bottom of the left face-off circle for his second goal of the season.
Tying up the game in the third period, the Bruins registered their fourth goal of the night with quick passes from Schafer to St. Pierre to Lehtonen at 16:41 of the final stanza. Scoring his sixth goal of the season, Lehtonen fired the puck in the net from the bottom of the right face-off circle.
Bernier (6-5-2) earned his sixth victory on the season and fourth shootout win after stopping 39 shots in regulation and all five shootout snipers. Regan (5-3-1) took his first shootout loss of the season with 28 saves in regulation and 4-of-5 shootout snipers.
Manchester went 3-for-5 on the power play. Providence was 0-for-7 with the man advantage.