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

Home » Sports » Hockey » Monarchs

February 16. 2014 8:17PM


Sunday win caps weekend sweep for Monarchs

Manchester Monarchs goalie Martin Jones makes a stick save on St. John's IceCaps Carl Klingberg (48) as Monarchs Jordan Weal stick checks during the first period of the game at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester Sunday. (Mark Bolton/Union Leader)

Manchester Monarchs Linden Vey (9) looks to make a pass after falling to the ice along the boards as St. John's IceCaps Blair Riley closes in during the first period of the game at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester Sunday. (Mark Bolton/Union Leader)

Manchester Monarchs Chris Huxley takes the puck around as St. John's IceCaps Carl Klingberg (48) chases during the first period of the game at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester Sunday. (Mark Bolton/Union Leader)

MANCHESTER — The Manchester Monarchs capped a long weekend with a hard-fought 4-3 shootout win over the St. John's IceCaps Sunday in front of 5,394 fans at Verizon Wireless Arena.

Manchester swept the weekend, beating Worcester Friday, traveling through the snow to win in Hartford Saturday and then knocking off St. John's and improving to 34-14-7. Trailing first-place Manchester in the Atlantic Division standings, St. John's fell to 28-19-4.

"We didn't have too many glitches and (goalie Martin) Jones was stellar," said Monarchs head coach Mark Morris. "Jones was the difference-maker for us and I suspect we won't see him again here in Manchester any time soon."

Jones, who will be headed back to Los Angeles perhaps as early as this week, was perfect in the shootout, stopping all four St. John's shooters and turning aside 40 shots in regulation and overtime. The first two Manchester shooters, Nick Shore and Jordan Weal, scored on IceCaps goalie Michael Hutchinson to give the Monarchs a 2-0 edge in the shootout.

St. John's broke a 2-2 tie 1:35 into the third period. Ben Chiarot's shot from the left point was tipped in the slot by John Albert, redirecting the puck over Jones' left shoulder for the 3-2 lead.

Manchester tied the game at 7:30 thanks to some hustle from Tyler Toffoli. The puck was played around the boards in the St. John's end and Hutchinson went behind his cage to get it but found Toffoli racing in to take it away.

Toffoli tried to get it to Linden Vey out front but the puck skipped past him to Nick Deslauriers at the left point and Deslauriers drilled a shot into the open net. It was Deslauriers' 17th goal of the season and second of the game and forced the eventual overtime.

After a scoreless first period, newly acquired winger Steve Quailer scored his first goal with the Monarchs at 5:24 to give the home team a 1-0 lead. Scott Sabourin led the rush out of his own end and passed to Quailer in the neutral zone. Quailer carried the puck deep to the right circle and snapped a shot past Hutchinson's glove.

St. John's tied the game 1:26 later on a Carl Klingberg goal. Eric O'Dell dropped the puck to Klingberg in the high slot and he blasted a shot that went off Jones and into the net for the equalizer.

The IceCaps took a 2-1 lead at 14:16 of the second period. Kael Mouillierat won a battle for the puck along the left wing boards, sending a quick pass to Adam Lowry all alone in the low slot. Lowry finished by sliding the puck through Jones' five-hole.

Manchester tied the game with 2.1 seconds remaining in the second period. Rookie Derek Forbort's shot from the left point was stopped by Hutchinson. Deslauriers was camped on the doorstep and took a couple whacks at the rebound, popping the puck past Hutchinson's glove and in.

"That was a huge goal that Deslauriers scored in the dying seconds there," Morris said. "It gave us some life."

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

Former All-Star Red Sox shortstop Rico Petrocelli: ôblessedö to have grown up in Brooklyn, now lives in Nashua

Toronto Maple Leafs left wing James van Riemsdyk, right, tangles with Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask in the first period of Game 1 of their NHL Eastern Conference quarterfinals hockey playoff series in this 2013 file photo.

NH-based insurer sues NHL to limit its defense in players concussion lawsuits

A's claim former Fisher Cat Marcus Walden

Mariano Rivera's son to pitch for NH squad

Kevin Davis, CEO and president of Bauer Performance Sports, displays Bauer Hockey's latest innovation in hockey skates — the Vapor APX 2 with easily changeable skate blades in this 2013 file photo.

Exeter-based Bauer continues to expand beyond hockey with $330M purchase of baseball firm Easton-Bell

Hollis-Brookline head football coach resigns unexpectedly

New owners for Waukewan Golf Club

Matches announced for USA v. Cuba clash at Rockingham Park this weekend

Boston Marathon victim Jeff Baumann throws out the first pitch prior to the start of a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Fenway Park last year.

Service's creed on display in support of airman affected by Boston bombing

40-year-old Manchester mechanical engineer wins MMA decision

New Hampshire Motor Speedway touts viability of casino site in Loudon

USA Knockouts Tamed in Cuba

U.S., Cuba boxers clash in Havana, U.S. bouts set for Rockingham Park in Salem

Lee USA Speedway opens season April 13

Newmarket woman plans world-record cross-country run for charity


Is Chip Kelly racist?

World Series of Boxing event moved to Rockingham Park - USA vs. Cuba

Manchester man in top 30 candidates for Padres public address announcer

NH man helps MLB players deal with stresses on, off the field

Review of the 2014 Toronto Blue Jays Minor League Handbook

New Hampshire Motor Speedway may run Sprint Cup race in 2015 under the lights

How Boston lost the Patriots and 'New England' grabbed the NFL's 'Gold Standard'

Twin State Speedway gets new manager

Yale promotes former UNH coach to offensive coordinator

Bulldogs sign UNH's Nick Sorkin


 New Hampshire Events Calendar


Upcoming Events

 New Hampshire Business Directory