Manchester (22-11-1-1) collected their 22nd win of the season, maintaining their strong hold on first place in the Atlantic Division with 46 points. Adirondack (7-25-2-0) dropped their 25th game of the season and remains in eighth place in the East Division.
“The guys really played hard tonight,” said Monarchs Head Coach Mark Morris. “Coming off the break, we looked energized and focused. We had contributions from each line and defensively we didn’t give up much. Eventually we poured it on and buried our chances. Our decision making is improving and tonight we got rewarded.”
The Monarchs scored their first of three goals over a span of two minutes and 45 seconds when center Jordan Nolan
netted a shorthanded goal at 3:53 of the second period. Defenseman Viatcheslav Voynov sent the puck over to center Andrei Loktionov
at the left wing half wall of the Monarchs zone. Loktionov skated up the ice and into the Phantoms zone. The center found Nolan streaking to the net from the right wing for the one-timer and his third goal of the season to give the Monarchs a 3-0 lead.
Left wing Dwight King
started off the barrage of scoring with his ninth tally of the season at 16:13 of the first period. Skating on the power play, center Justin Azevedo
fired a shot on net from the center point. Netminder Nic Riopel made the initial save and the puck fell to his right side. Left wing Bud Holloway
fell to the ice as he took a swipe at the puck and again, Riopel made the save. King was stationed at the top of the crease to jam in the final shot and give the Monarchs a 1-0 lead.
Left wing Richard Clune
made it 2-0 with his third goal of the season at 16:35 of the first period. Left wing David Meckler
sent the puck from neutral territory down the left wing and around the back of the net. Clune picked up the loose biscuit, wheeled away from a Phantoms defender and tossed a shot toward the net. The puck bounced off of an Adirondack player and into the net. Right wing John Zeiler assisted on Clune’s first goal of the game.
Defenseman David Kolomatis
scored his second goal of the season at 4:51 of the middle frame. King passed the puck to Azevedo who fired a shot on net. Riopel made the save but the rebound popped free to the slot where Kolomatis was streaking in from the point and the defenseman backhanded the puck into the net to give the Monarchs a 4-0 advantage.
Zeiler scored his first goal of the season at 6:02 of the second stanza. Meckler fed Zeiler a pass and the right wing skated down the center of the Phantoms zone before he snapped a wrist shot past Riopel from the slot. Voynov also assisted on the Monarchs fifth goal of the game.
Just 36 seconds later, Clune capitalized on his second goal of the game and fourth tally of the season. Zeiler carried the puck behind the Phantoms cage from left to right and then put a shot on net from the right wing. Clune was positioned on the doorstep to jam the puck over the goal line to give the Monarchs a 6-0 lead.
Goaltender Brian Stewart replaced Riopel in net for the Phantoms following the Monarchs final goal.
The Phantoms found their way onto the scoreboard at 9:20 of the second period with forward Eric Wellwood’s eighth goal of the season. Cycling the puck on the power play, center Luke Pither sent a pass from the right corner of the Monarchs zone to left wing Andrew Rowe at the center point. Rowe tossed a shot on net that goaltender Martin Jones
saved. The rebound bounced free and landed between the hash marks for Wellwood to grab up and beat Jones on his glove side.
Center Greg Moore tallied the final goal of the game at 11:57 of the third period. Left wing Denis Hamel fed Moore a pass in the Monarchs zone. Moore skated into the right wing face-off circle and wristed a shot into the back of the net for his second goal of the season and the final tally of the game.
Jones (11-2-0) recorded his 11th victory of the season, stopping 20-of-22 shots. Riopel (3-7-0) drew his seventh loss of the season with 19 saves on 25 shot before being replaced by Stewart (0-5-0) who stopped all 13 shots he faced in over 33 minutes of playing time.
Manchester went 1-for-5 on the power play. Adirondack was 1-for-2 with the man advantage.Notables:
The Monarchs extended their win streak to five games, dating back to December 17, for their longest winning streak of the season…Left wing Richard Clune
’s two tallies in the game gives him his first two-goal game in his professional career…Right wing John Zeiler scored his first goal of the season…Goaltender Martin Jones
has been between the pipes for the last four Monarchs games, all three wins.