Hat trick helps Falcons pull away from Monarchs
MANCHESTER - Jonathan Audy-Marchessault recorded a hat trick to lead Springfield to a 7-5 win over the Manchester Monarchs in front of 2,855 fans at Verizon Wireless Arena Tuesday night.
Manchester fell to 17-17-4 while the Falcons improved to 21-9-6.
The Monarchs are at Worcester Friday and host Providence Saturday at 7 p.m.
The Monarchs were already playing with a thin roster due to call-ups to Los Angeles but the team took another hit when veterans Thomas Hickey and Rich Clune were claimed off waivers Tuesday by the New York Islanders and Nashville Predators, respectively.
"When you score five goals you should be winning hockey games. You can't be giving up seven goals," said Monarchs head coach Mark Morris. "They struggled, too. That's what's maddening. We couldn't find a way to defend."
Audy-Marchessault's third goal of the game proved to be the game-winner, breaking a 5-5 tie on the power play at 11:26 of the third period. Nick Holden sent a cross-ice pass to Audy-Marchessault on the left side and the winger one-timed it past rookie goalie J.F. Berube.
Michael Chaput capped the scoring with a goal at 15:48, scoring on a turnaround shot from the slot. Chaput finished with two goals and an assist on the night.
The third period opened with the game tied 4-4 but Springfield reclaimed the lead 43 seconds in. Manchester's clearing attempt was knocked down by Chaput and played deep to Tomas Kubalik on the right side. Kubalik's wrist shot from the low circle got through Berube's arm and in.
"The early goal in the third was a killer," Morris said. "That totally deflated us. I thought we were going to claw our way back again and then we found out we've got more holes to fill."
The Monarchs tied the game at 9:28 on an Andy Andreoff tally.
Brian O'Neill won a loose puck battle at neutral ice and sent Andreoff in.
Andreoff finished with a wrist shot from the right circle that beat Allen York high glove-side.
Already up by one, Springfield extended to a 4-2 lead just 1:55 into the second period. It was the first shot that Berube saw in relief of Peter Mannino, coming in to start the second. Cody Goloubef sent Wade MacLeod away up the right wing and MacLeod cut to the middle to deke Nick Deslauriers and ripped a wrist shot off the crossbar and in.
The Monarchs pulled within one at 7:09.
Manchester maintained pressure after a power play had expired and Deslauriers threw a puck toward the net from the deep right side and it went off a Falcon stick and in to make it 4-3.
Manchester tied the game at 16:32 with a power-play goal. Tanner Pearson's initial shot was stopped by York, but Pearson poked the rebound under York and in to even the game and set the stage for the third period.
The Monarchs took a 1-0 lead at 6:21 of the first period. Stefan Legein led the rush, taking the puck behind the net and then feeding Robbie Czarnik for a wrist shot from the left circle to beat York.
Springfield tied the game at 7:17 when Audy-Marchessault stuffed a rebound home off a Mannino pad save from a Chaput backhander.
Chaput got one of his own at the 11:00 mark to give the Falcons a 2-1 lead. Chaput picked up a loose puck on the right side and roofed it.
The Monarchs made it 2-2 at 16:58 when captain Marc-Andre Cliche fired a wrist shot past York from the slot after an Andy Andreoff pass from behind the net.
But the Falcons got in the final word of the first frame when Audy-Marchessault scored on the power play at 18:48, snapping a wrist shot over Mannino's shoulder short-side from the left circle. Mannino's night would be over at the end of the first.