action:article | category:SPORTS | adString:SPORTS | zoneID:40

Home » Sports

February 25. 2012 11:22PM

Near-misses doom Monarchs


Monarchs winger Brandon Kozun gets knocked off his skates in front of the Albany net. Manchester only managed to put one puck into the Devils' goal in a 3-1 loss Saturday night. (JAY REITER/Union leader)

MANCHESTER — The Manchester Monarchs spent most of the third period knocking on the door, but the Albany Devils just wouldn't let them in.

Albany escaped with a 3-1 win over the Monarchs in front of 5,413 fans at Verizon Wireless Arena Saturday night. Manchester dropped its franchise-record fifth consecutive home game in falling to 28-27-3, and will host Providence (26-24-6) today at 3 p.m.

The Monarchs went 0-for-8 on the power play, including missing on six extra-man chances in the third period. Near-misses, pucks bouncing just wide, hot Devils goalie Jeff Frazee and pucks banging off goal posts all added up to zeroes for Manchester as it tried desperately to tie the game while trailing 2-1.

“Frazee stood on his head and our inability to score goals is ever-apparent out there,” said Monarchs head coach Mark Morris. “We're getting some great chances and we hustled and we competed. I think my biggest disappointment is our lack of execution at the tail end of the game.”

Still needing just a goal to tie, the Monarchs pulled goalie Martin Jones for an extra skater in the final 1:43. But poor decisions allowed an uncovered Vladimir Zharkov to collect a loose puck at neutral ice and skate in for an empty net goal at 19:01 to ice the game for Albany.

“We had no regard for the puck,” said a visibly frustrated Morris. “We were trying to carry the puck into traffic and we turned the puck over three times when we've got an extra skater out there when all we need to do is get the puck deep and get in there and win a puck battle and start shooting and get more traffic in front to give ourselves a chance to win.”

Morris took the blame, but noted that he can't help the players think out there.

“I can't explain the logic of some of the decision-making that happened on the ice,” Morris said. “I'm responsible for that, but I have no recourse as to how you can get inside somebody's helmet and help them think the game.”

After a scoreless first period, Albany (26-20-8) took a 1-0 lead at 3:18 of the second. Working the power play, the Devils moved the puck around and it eventually came to Eric Gelinas for a wrist shot from the high slot that beat Jones, who had trouble finding the puck through net-mouth traffic.

Albany went up 2-0 on a Steven Zalewski goal at 13:54. Zharkov was pulled down driving to the net and a penalty was upcoming. But as he fell to the ice, Zharkov was able to send the puck ahead to Zalewski, who reached out to tip it through Jones' pads as the goalie slid across the crease.

Manchester cut the lead in half with a goal at the 19:00 mark of the second. Defenseman Andrew Campbell made a nice breakout pass to Justin Azevedo at the Devils' blue line and Azevedo skated in alone on Frazee, beating him glove-side with a sharp wrist shot inside the right pipe.

But that was the only shot to elude Frazee all night as the Albany netminder made 38 saves, several of the highlight-reel variety.

“It is frustrating. We can't let it get to us,” Azevedo said.” We threw a lot of rubber at (Frazee). He played well. We've got to bounce back (today). We did play well. We just take positives out of it and move on.”


  • Should public schools in NH provide students with firearms safety instruction?
  • Yes
  • 65%
  • No
  • 35%
  • Total Votes: 1958
 NH Sports Angle more
Links to news and happenings around the world of sports with a Granite State connection, updated daily.

New OT rule in AHL generating buzz

Slam thunk! Sarah Silverman nearly hit by basketball at Knicks game... but luckily John McEnroe is there to shield her

Spurs' Matt Bonner will wear new Adidas Crazy 8 shoes for Christmas game

Jason Saltmarsh: Runners should never have to pay for their race photos

Ex-official pleads guilty to embezzling thousands from Pembroke football nonprofit

Former New Hampshire goalie DeSmith tells his side of arrest, dismissal from team

NH hockey team moving to Maine could be worth at least $1 million in economic activity say city officials

New owners of Claremont plan to put speedway back on track

Speedway in Claremont bought for nearly $519,000

Lebanon marathoner qualifies for US Olympic Trials

Matt Bonner talks about the end of the run, making the simple play, and playing until he's 40

Ex-UNH goalie agrees to diversion,receive counseling, avoids jail

Wildcats will face Chattanooga in prime time

New England Revolution forward Charlie Davies teaches supporters how to believe

Helmetless Football? Its the new practice at UNH

CASEY DeSMITH

DeSmith officially dismissed from New Hampshire team, but can return to class as of Dec. 20

San Antonio Spurs forward Matt Bonner (15), of Concord, N.H., shoots the ball against Boston Celtics center Tyler Zeller (44) during the second half at TD Garden.

Rapper Lil B gives shoutout to…Matt Bonner?

Manchester Central's Tyler Stratton watches his shot get by Spaulding High School (Rochester) goalie Derek Scott during a shootout at the 2012 Bauer Christmas Hockey Classic hosted at JFK Coliseum in Manchester.

VFW downsizing threatens Spaulding hockey due to loss of venue for Bingo fundraisers

Eagles notes: Kelly committed to current job

5 face riot charges in beating incident at football game

Ayotte rips top sports league commissioners for snubbing hearing on domestic violence

Manchester Monarchs sign Josh Gratton to AHL contract

MORE

 New Hampshire Events Calendar
    

    SHARE EVENTS FOR PUBLICATION, IT'S FREE!

Upcoming Events

 New Hampshire Business Directory

  

    ADD YOUR BUSINESS TODAY!