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Azevedo has three assists in pro debut as Monarchs down Bulldogs

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HAMILTON - Centre Justin Azevedo picked up three assists in his professional debut to help the Manchester Monarchs defeat the Hamilton Bulldogs 4-2 in American Hockey League action Wednesday.

Matt Moulson opened the scoring for Manchester at 1:34 of the opening period. With Hamilton right-wing Mike Glumac in the penalty box for hooking, the Monarchs power play went to work. Azevedo sent the puck to the top of the crease, where Moulson fanned on his first shot but connected on his second and beat goaltender Marc Denis.

Teddy Purcell increased Manchester's lead to 2-0 when he walked in on Denis and sent a backhand shot into the back of the net.

Hamilton responded quickly with two goals 24 seconds apart. Ben Maxwell fired a slapshot past Monarchs goaltender Jonathan Bernier to bring Hamilton to within one goal, then Brock Trotter faked a shot before sending a wrist shot past Bernier's glove side to tie the game.

Rookie defenceman Viatcheslav Voynov scored the game winner for Manchester, pinching on a power-play and beating Denis.

Left-wing Scott Parse scored his first goal of the season to cap the scoring for Manchester.

Bernier made 26 saves for Manchester (4-6-0-3), while Denis stopped 17 shots for Hamilton (11-5-1-0).

Manchester went 2-for-4 on the power play. Hamilton was 0-for-5 with the man advantage.

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