action:article | category:SPORTS0702 | adString:SPORTS0702 | zoneID:40

Home » Sports » Hockey » Monarchs

January 19. 2013 10:58PM

Mannino comes up with 45 saves as Monarchs defeat Providence


Manchester Monarchs goalie Peter Mannino makes a save in front of Providence's Jamie Tardif during the first period of their AHL game at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester Saturday. (Mark Bolton/Union Leader)

MANCHESTER - Goaltender Peter Mannino made 45 saves to lead the Manchester Monarchs past Providence 3-1 in front of a sellout crowd of 9,862 at Verizon Wireless Arena on "Los Angeles Kings Night" Saturday.

Manchester won for the second night in a row and improved to 19-17-4 for 42 points to jump over Providence (19-15-3, 41) in the Atlantic Division standings and into a tie for second place with Worcester (19-17-4, 42).

The Monarchs go for a clean sweep of the weekend when they host first-place Portland (24-14-2, 50) today at 3 p.m.

"It was a great bounce-back game for Peter Mannino," Monarchs head coach Mark Morris said. "I was happy for him, especially in front of a crowd like that. I know he wanted to play well."

Mannino felt he had something to prove after being pulled after allowing three goals in the first period of a 7-5 loss to Springfield Tuesday.

"The last game, I did get pulled so there was a little bit of momentum that comes from that and Providence has had a couple wins against me the last few times I've played them," Mannino said. "It was one of those that you wanted to get under your belt. We really need these wins right now as a team and that's the most important thing."

The Bruins spoiled Mannino's shutout bid with just 1:07 remaining in the game. Off a faceoff win, Carter Camper sent the puck across to the right side for a one-timer by Jamie Tardif to make it a 2-1 game.

But Monarchs forward Stefan Legein scored an empty net goal at 19:21 to put the game away and reward Mannino for his strong effort, which also saw Manchester kill eight Bruins power plays.

"I thought our penalty kill was pretty effective for the most part. The compete level had to be high," Morris said. "I thought that our killers did a great job and (Providence) certainly had every opportunity to capitalize, but somehow we were able to deny them and withstand their push."

The Monarchs took a 1-0 lead at 3:55 of the second period. Defenseman David Kolomatis stole the puck at the Providence blue line and skated in on the right side, letting a wrist shot go from the low circle that goalie Michael Hutchinson got a piece of, but the puck trickled inside the far post for Kolomatis' fourth of the season.

Manchester went up 2-0 at 6:04 on another steal, this time from Brandon Kozun, who skated into the Bruins end with David Meckler on a two-on-one. Kozun fired a wrist shot from the right to beat Hutchinson.

Mannino kept the Monarchs on top with some stellar saves in the second, stopping 18 shots in that period alone. Perhaps the best came with 40 seconds remaining and the Bruins on the power play. Ryan Spooner had a wide open net from the doorstep and tried to slide it low, but Mannino got his left arm on it.

"It did (give the guys a boost)," Morris said of Mannino's strong second period. "Any time you can weather the storm it kind of gives you new life."

The first period was scoreless, with the Bruins having a goal disallowed and Manchester missing a breakaway chance. Providence appeared to take a 1-0 lead at 10:57 on the power play, but the net was ruled to have come off its moorings.



 NH Sports Angle more
Links to news and happenings around the world of sports with a Granite State connection, updated daily.

Sudanese runner with NH ties hoping to crowdfund way to 2016 Olympics

Former Wildcat van Riemsdyk undergoes successful surgery

Monadnock Speedway driver captures first Granite State NASCAR title

CASEY DeSMITH

Star goaltender DeSmith no longer on NH roster after assault charge

UNH squad practices without helmets, shoulder pads to reduce risk of head trauma

24 Hours Of LeMons: This Time We Went Fast, Briefly

NHRA president Tom Compton candid on series and its challenges

World's tallest pro basketball player is from Strafford, NH

NH-based hockey helmet maker Bauer to drop concussion protection claims

NH native's statistics help Padres win

UNH receives NFL funding for brain injury research

Olympic skier Krass helps Hanover High clinch soccer championship

'100: Head/Heart/Feet' film follows NH man in grueling world of ultra-running

Athletic director says no one injured in disturbance after Keene High football game

Fishers Cats extend agreement with Toronto Blue Jays through 2018

24 Hours of LeMons New England: The winners!

Kings use emergency-roster exemption before facing Penguins

NH man beat out 75,000 competitors to win $1M in fantasy football contest

Video: Exact moment NH man wins a million dollars on DraftKings

That 70s Line continues to work magic as L.A. Kings win sixth straight

N.H. Motor Speedway to become home of North East Motor Sports Museum

Keene pumpkin riot probe turns to technology inspired by Boston Marathon bombing

Riverside Speedway in Groveton on auction block Nov. 1

MORE

 New Hampshire Events Calendar
    

    SHARE EVENTS FOR PUBLICATION, IT'S FREE!

Upcoming Events

 New Hampshire Business Directory

  

    ADD YOUR BUSINESS TODAY!