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The Worcester Sharks and the Manchester Monarchs faced off at the Verizon Wireless Arena Sunday afternoon. Worcester Sharks defender Travis Oleksuk cross checks Monarch Zach O'Brien to take him off the puck. (Bruce Taylor/Union Leader)

Sharks take a bite out of Monarchs


MANCHESTER — When the top three stars in the game all come from the opposing team, you know it wasn’t a very good day for the Manchester Monarchs. In fact the head coach summed it up.

“We stunk,” Monarchs head coach Mike Stothers said following a 3-0 American Hockey League setback Sunday to the Worcester Sharks in front of 4,952 fans at the Verizon Wireless Arena.

John McCarthy (third star), Taylor Fedun (second star), and Willie Coetzee scored for Worcester while Aaron Dell (first star) registered 24 saves for his third shutout of the season.

Manchester goalie J.F. Berube allowed two goals on 16 shots.

McCarthy scored his eighth goal in the first period on a nice pass from Ryan Carpenter.

Fudun’s goal in the second period, his fourth of the season, was set up by Gus Young in transition. He dropped the puck to Rylan Schwartz skating down the right wing before feeding Fedun, who took the puck to the net for a backhander past Berube at 2:58.Coetzee added an empty-net tally at 18:17 for the 3-0 final. Manchester outshot the Sharks, 24-17.

Both teams were scoreless on the power play. Manchester was 0-for-4 and Worcester was 0-for-5 with the man advantage. Manchester Monarchs (32-13-5-2, 71 points) remains one point ahead of Syracuse and two points ahead of Hershey for the Eastern Conference lead.


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