Manchester (6-3-1-1) is ranked second in the Atlantic Division with 14 points. Hartford (3-6-2-1) is in fifth place in the Atlantic Division with nine points.
"It was a much different start and a much different result (from Sunday’s game in Hershey," said Monarchs Head Coach Mark Morris. "We had a strong first period and it set the tone for the rest of the game."
Left wing David Meckler scored his team-leading seventh goal of the season at 14:25 of the second period to give the Monarchs a 2-1 advantage. Defenseman Viatcheslav Voynov and left wing Richard Clune broke into the Wolf Pack’s zone on a 2-on-1 break. As they approached the net, Voynov attempted to wrap the puck around the sole Hartford defenseman that was back. The puck bounced off of Clune’s stick as he tangled with the Wolf Pack player and it ricocheted over to the right side of the slot. Meckler was streaking behind his teammates and was in the right place to one-time the loose puck into the top of the open net.
In his first game of the season with the Monarchs after playing seven games with the Los Angeles Kings, center Andre Loktionov tallied his first goal of the season at 2:13 of the first period. Right wing Brandon Kozun flipped the puck from the right wing half wall back to defenseman David Kolomatis at the right point. Kolomatis fired a slap shot on net that goaltender Chad Johnson made the pad save on. Loktionov picked up the loose puck on the left doorstep, carried it behind the cage and stuffed it over the goal line at the right post to give the Monarchs a 1-0 lead.
The Wolf Pack evened the game at 1-1 when left wing Justin Soryal tallied his first goal of the season at 12:52 of the opening stanza. Right wing Kevin Tessier sent a shot in on goaltender Jeff Zatkoff that the netminder stopped. Center Ryan Garlock grabbed the rebound and battled with Kolomatis along the end wall. The center shoved the puck over to Soryal behind the net. Soryal carried the puck wide on the right side of the cage and snapped a wrist shot toward the net from the end red line. The puck snuck between the goal post and Zatkoff for the tying goal.
Center Justin Azevedo tallied his fourth goal of the season at 19:24 of the middle frame to give the Monarchs a 3-1 lead. Left wing Bud Holloway came out of the penalty box after serving a double minor for Zatkoff and broke into Hartford’s zone. Just inside the zone, he dropped the puck back to center Corey Elkins who carried it along the left wing. With Azevedo streaking down the right wing, Elkins fed a cross-ice feed to his teammate for a one-timer from the inside edge of the face-off circle.
Defenseman Alec Martinez scored his third goal in as many games at 8:55 of the third period. Center Jordan Nolan carried the puck over Hartford’s blueline and to the top of the right face-off circle before he turned around and found Martinez skating into the zone at the center point. Martinez flew down the center of the zone with the puck and found the top left corner of the net for his third tally of the season.
Zatkoff (4-3-1) earned his fourth win of the season with 23 saves on 24 shots. Johnson (2-7-1) took his seventh loss of the season stopping 35-of-39 shots on goal.
Manchester was 0-for-4 on the power play. Hartford was also 0-for-4 with the man advantage.
Notables: The Monarchs tied their season-high for shots with 39 shots…Manchester set a new season-high record for shots in a period as they recorded 23 shots in the second period tonight…The Monarchs have outshot their opponent in eight of their first 11 games this season…Left wing David Meckler scored his second game-winning goal of the season…Meckler’s seventh goal of the season leads the Monarchs…Defenseman Alec Martinez has scored a goal in each of his last three games.
The Monarchs will take on the Wolf Pack in a rematch at the Verizon Wireless Arena on Friday, November 5 at 7:00 p.m. The first 2,000 kids (12 and under) will receive a Monarchs tin lunch box, courtesy of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. Catch all of the play-by-play action of Monarchs hockey with Ken Cail on the Monarchs Radio Network WGAM 900/1250 AM and at www.manchestermonarchs.com.