Monarchs top Bruins in opener, 3-1
The Manchester Monarchs opened the AHL season with a 3-1 win at Providence Friday night.
Manchester overcame a 1-0 deficit to earn the win and will play at Albany tonight at 5:05 p.m.
Rookie Andy Andreoff broke a 1-1 tie with a power-play goal at 1:43 of the third period, stuffing home a rebound chance off a Jake Muzzin shot.
Second-year man Linden Vey made it 3-1 at 16:49, converting a feed from Stefan Legein for the insurance marker.
Monarchs goalie Martin Jones made 29 saves to pick up the win.
Providence led 1-0 after one period on a goal from Jamie Tardif at 15:38. Jones made a save on a Ryan Spooner shot but Tardif banged home the rebound from the right circle.
Manchester was having a hard time breaking through on Bruins goaltender Michael Hutchinson, who seemed to have the answer for every Monarch shot.
But Andrei Loktionov tied the game at 1-1 with a shorthanded goal with 17 seconds remaining in the second period. Loktionov chased down a loose puck on the left side and moved in to beat Hutchinson top shelf.
Muzzin finished with two assists on the night and Brandon Kozun and Andrew Bodnarchuk (facing his former team) added single helpers for Manchester.
The Monarchs open their home schedule next Friday at 7 p.m. when the P-Bruins visit for a rematch.