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Guillaume Desbiens scores winning goal as Moose defeat Monarchs 3-2

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MANCHESTER, N.H. - Guillaume Desbiens scored the winning goal as the Manitoba Moose beat the Manchester Monarchs 3-2 in American Hockey League action Sunday.

Manitoba (35-14-0-4) moved into sole position of first place in the North Division with the victory.

Desbiens scored his 12th of the season when he one-timed a pass form left-wing Jason Jaffray into the Monarchs' goal.

The Moose opened the scoring on Jaffray's short-handed goal in the first period. Jaffray faked a slapshot and made a move to his right before flipping a shot past goaltender Jonathan Bernier for his 16th goal of the season.

The Monarchs (21-24-0-5) responded 14 seconds later on Teddy Purcell's power-play goal.

Manchester scored short-handed to go up 2-1 after 40 minutes. Goaltender Curtis Sanford fanned on the puck and right-wing Trevor Lewis was there to capitalize on the gaffe.

Manitoba left-wing Pierre-Cedric Labrie tied the game 2-2 in the third period. Tom Maxwell dished the puck to Labrie, who sent the puck through the crease where it deflected off defenceman Paul Crosty's skate and into the net.

Bernier (12-16-3) took the loss after stopping 22 of 25 shots. Sanford (3-0-1) earned his third win of the season after stopping 19 of 21 shots.

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