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Wolf Pack even series with Manchester

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

Martin Sonnenberg scored at 16:17 of overtime on Wednesday night to give the Rangers' top minor-league affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack, a 3-2 win over the Manchester Monarchs in Game 2 of the AHL's Atlantic Division semifinals.

The series is even at one game apiece as the teams head to the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, N.H., for Game 3 on Friday. The Monarchs are the AHL affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings.

Sonnenberg, acquired by the Rangers in exchange for Jeff Taffe earlier this season, beat Manchester goaltender Barry Brust for the winning goal after teammate Lee Falardeau wrapped it around from behind the net.

Nigel Dawes and Chad Wiseman also scored for the Wolf Pack, who never trailed in the game after falling 1-0 in the series opener on Tuesday.

Al Montoya, the Rangers' No. 1 draft pick in 2004, made 33 saves to get the win for Hartford.

The Wolf Pack improved to 8-8 all-time in Calder Cup Playoff overtime games, while the Monarchs dropped to 0-4.

Hartford outshot Manchester 43-35, including 10-7 in overtime.

Marc Staal, the Rangers' No. 1 pick in 2005, also played for Hartford after making his AHL debut on Tuesday night in Game 1. The 19-year-old defenseman was plus-2 on the night as he was on the ice for both of his team's even-strength goals.

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