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October 16. 2011 8:57PM

Monarchs falter at Springfield

A strong start quickly turned into a miserable ending for the Manchester Monarchs.

Springfield erased a quick, two-goal deficit as Ryan Russell scored twice to lead the Falcons to a 5-3 American Hockey League triumph before 2,152 fans at the MassMutual Center on Sunday.

Manchester (3-2-0), after posting impressive road wins against Providence (7-1) and Portland (5-1), dropped its first road game of the season.

First-period power-play goals from Jake Muzzin (8:10) and Andrei Loktionov (16:42) gave the Monarchs a 2-0 lead. But the advantage quickly evaporated for Manchester.

Dane Byers (power play) scored with 2:06 remaining in the first period followed by the equalizer from Martin St. Pierre just 34 seconds later against Monarchs goalie Jeff Zatkoff (27 shots, 22 saves).

Springfield retained the momentum as Russell scored a shorthanded goal just 3:46 into the second stanza, giving the Falcons (3-2) the lead for good. The eventual winning goal came off the stick of Dalton Prout at the 16:36 mark in the middle frame.

Russell made it 5-2 at the 7:25 mark of the third period, but Loktionov answered for Manchester 11 seconds later for the final score.

Manchester out-shot Springfield, 41-27, including 18-8 in the third period. But Falcons goalie Danny Taylor stood strong with 38 saves. It was a penalty-filled game as Manchester received 34 minutes on 10 infractions and Springfield attained 28 minutes on 11 penalties. Manchester was two-for-seven on the power play, Springfield was one-for-six.

Manchester continues its six-game road trip, playing its fourth straight game away from home on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in Portland.

The Los Angeles Kings recalled defenseman Slava Voynov from the Monarchs, who also signed right wing Rob Mignardi to an amateur tryout agreement. Voynov, 21, has not played in the NHL. In two games with Manchester this season, he registered one goal and one assist. Voynov was selected in the second round (32nd overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

Mignardi, 21, has not played in the AHL. The forward tallied 61 points (30 goals, 31 assists) in 68 games with the Ontario Hockey League’s Owen Sound Attack during the 2010-11 season.


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