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Senators take down Monarchs 4-2

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
MANCHESTER, NH – Right wing Roman Wick tallied a hat trick as the Binghamton Senators came away with the 4-2 win over the Manchester Monarchs on Saturday night at the Verizon Wireless Arena.  The Monarchs recorded their first sellout of the season with 9,852 fans in attendance on Pink In The Rink night where they raised funds and awareness for Breast Cancer research and treatment.

Manchester (27-16-1-2) dropped their 16th game of the season and is now tied for first place in the Atlantic Division with the Portland Pirates (26-13-4-1) with 57 points.  Binghamton (23-18-2-3) earned their 23rd win of the season, remaining in fifth place in the East Division with 51 points.

“Special teams were a deciding factor,” said Monarchs Head Coach Mark Morris.  “We had chances on the power play and we were caught napping on the penalty kill.  The game was chopped up with penalty minutes, so there wasn’t a lot of flow.”

“When you have that many shots on goal, you expect to win.  Credit (goaltender) Barry Brust with a strong effort,” said Morris.

Tallying the third Senators goal at 9:19 of the second period, Wick scored his third goal of the game.  After a saved slap shot from the point, Binghamton center Corey Locke was able to gain possession of the puck with Binghamton on the power play.  Locke took the puck to the right circle and fired it through the slot to Wick, who flipped the puck past Monarchs goaltender Martin Jones for the go-ahead and eventual game-winning goal.

Left wing Richard Clune scored his sixth goal of the season at 6:42 of the first period, putting the Monarchs on the board first.  Clune positioned himself in front of Binghamton goaltender Barry Brust.  Defenseman David Kolomatis took a slap shot from the slot that was knocked down by Brust.  Clune then got his stick on the loose puck and managed to slip it past Brust, backhanding the puck past the Senators goaltender.

Wick scored his first goal of the game, evening the score again at one goal apiece only 17 seconds following Clune’s tally.  Wick collected a feed from left wing Kaspars Daugavins, positioned at the left circle.  A quick wrap-around by Wick beat Jones just inside the left post.

Wick followed up his first period goal with an additional goal, giving the Senators the 2-1 lead at 17:39 of the first period.  Left winger Mike Hoffman skated to the right side of the net and dished off the puck, upending several players in the crease as a result.  Wick got the last stick on the puck and was credited with the goal, his second of the night.

Center Marc-Andre Cliche tied the game at 2-2 less than a minute after Binghamton took the lead on Wick’s goal.  Defenseman Thomas Hickey handed the puck over to Cliche on the inside edge of the left circle, firing a slap shot right past Brust.

At 4:43 of the third period, the Senators tallied an insurance goal off the stick of right wing Ryan Keller.  After a short battle for the puck at the half wall, center Corey Locke managed to gain possession of the puck and send it to defenseman Derek Smith at the point.  Smith unleashed a high wrist shot that flew into the crease.  Keller knocked down the puck, sending it skidding past the right pad of Jones, giving the Senators a two-goal advantage in the third period.

Jones (16-5-0) dropped his fifth loss of the season stopping 13-of-17 shots on goal.  Brust (16-12-1) stopped 38-of-40 shots on net, earning his 16th decision of the season.

Manchester went 0-for-5 on the power play.  Binghamton was 2-for-6 with the man advantage.

Notables:  Assisting on center Marc-Andre Cliche’s first period goal, left wing Bud Holloway collected his 19th assist of the season, placing him in sole possession of first place on the Monarchs in points…The last hat trick for a visiting player was scored by forward Dan DaSilva of the Worcester Sharks on February 14, 2010…Former Monarchs goaltender Barry Brust, now skating for the Binghamton Senators, collected his first win in the Verizon Wireless Arena since April 14, 2007 which was a 4-1 win against the Sharks…The last time the Monarchs lost while outshooting their opponent was November 21, a 4-1 loss to Providence, where Manchester outshot the Bruins 31-to-28.
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