As for not playing on Sunday, perhaps Muzzin didn't make it to the club in time. Again, all speculation on my part... don't assume the worst just because Muzz didn't play Sunday for Manchester.
Saturday and sunday wrap ups
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The Manchester Monarchs ran their win streak to three games with a weekend sweep. Today, they beat Charlotte 2-1 at home, as recent goalie call-up Martin Jones stopped 35 of 36 shots to win his AHL debut. David Meckler scored a first-period goal and Corey Elkins scored a third-period power-play goal to make it 2-0, and the Monarchs held on in a penalty-filled game that included eight roughing penalties.
On Saturday, the Monarchs beat Springfield 3-1 on the road. Thomas Hickey had his first goal of the season (and later had an assist) and Justin Azevedo scored a shorthanded goal to make it 2-0 in the second period. Bud Holloway scored an empty-netter in the final minute after Springfield had pulled within a goal. Dwight King had two assists and Jeff Zatkoff stopped 29 of 30 shots.
The Monarchs are now 5-2-1 on the season and next play on Friday when they host Bridgeport.
Going to see Manchester vs. Hershey Sunday night. Looking forward to that. It will be cool to see some Kings prospects.
MANCHESTER – The Manchester Monarchs came back from two goals down to force overtime, but fell in the extra session, 3-2, to Bridgeport in front of 5,018 fans at Verizon Wireless Arena Friday night.
Defenseman Travis Hamonic scored at 1:06 of overtime to push the Sound Tigers (3-5-0) to victory. Manchester fell to 5-2-2 and will play at Herhsey (5 p.m.) on Sunday after having a rare Saturday night off.
"I was pleased that we were able to fight back and get to a point where we had a chance to win the game," said Monarchs head coach Mark Morris. "But they were the better team today."
Hamonic netted the game-winner by taking a pass from Dustin Kohn and skating deep into the left circle before snapping a shot that beat Manchester goalie Jeff Zatkoff five-hole.
"It was a good shot. They ran a nice play to get him wide open on the back side," said Zatkoff (27 saves). "I thought he was going high with it. It snuck in between my legs."
Manchester trailed, 2-0, in the third period before a David Meckler goal sparked the offense. After being stymied by the solid play of Sound Tigers goalie Kevin Poulin all night, Meckler's determination made the difference.
After having a first shot blocked, Meckler (team-high six goals) got the puck back in the right circle, skated deeper and fired a slap shot from a tough angle that beat Poulin behind his back and into the far side of the cage to make it 2-1 at 8:51.
"A bunch of guys between periods talked about shooting from everywhere, try to get that lucky bounce," said Marc-Andre Cliche, who returned from injury for the first time this season and was awarded the captain's "C" as well. "I think that's what Mecks did. It gave us a big boost of confidence."
Less than 5 minutes later, Manchester tied it. Working the power play, defenseman Alec Martinez took the feed from Thomas Hickey and skated into the right circle, snapping a wrist shot from the faceoff dot to beat Poulin high stick-side.
"Momentum is key. We knew we were getting chances, we knew we had to keep shooting the puck and get pucks on net," Martinez said. "Fortunately, we carried over the momentum and were able to tie it up."
Bridgeport led 1-0 after one period, striking with a David Ullstrom power-play goal at 15:56. Ullstrom carried the puck out of the left wing corner and stickhandled his way across the slot before tucking a shot past Zatkoff inside the right post.
The Sound Tigers extended to a 2-0 lead with the only goal of the second period. After buzzing for several minutes in the Manchester zone, Bridgeport finally cashed in. Center Rob Schremp circled behind the net and found Rob Hisey in the mid-slot for a one-timer that beat Zatkoff high glove side.
Manchester had several solid scoring bids denied by Poulin in the second. Poulin robbed rookie sniper Brandon Kozun with a glove save, shrugged off a Jordan Nolan shot with a shoulder save and finally made a pad stop on Zach Harnden, all within a five-minute span.
I wasn't impressed with either team actually. And I couldn't help bitching about Willsie even though he has nothing to do with this franchise anymore. Regardless, I thought the game was sloppy and I didn't see much of a difference, player wise, between the AHL and the ECHL. In fact, Reading puts together a much better fan experience than Hershey does.
Just a few comments based on the game:
Kolomatis: is horrible. A perpetual turnover machine.
Hickey: I can definately understand why he is not in the NHL. He seemed very indecisive and he gets pushed around something fierce.
Nolan: Can't stay on his skates, but definately tried.
Cliche: The best player for Manchester, imo.
Clune: It's the CLUNATIC! Constantly trying to light a fire under his team.
The Bears are dirty. I saw more slashing to hands in this one game then I have seen in a long time. I swear that was the Bears main defensive tactic. Slash hands and make them lose puck.
I'm glad Souray was injured because that guy's high level of ****headedness is teh suck.
It was a sell-out but you wouldn't have known it by the crowd reaction. What a bunch of stiffs. There was virtually no noise in the stadium, the parking lot, the vendor area...it was really freakin' weird. Everyone sat on their hands all night.
It was fun being the only two people in the building cheering for Manchester.
Monarchs Tricked; Bears Treated
HERSHEY, PA – Five goals in less than six minutes in the first period led to the Manchester Monarchs demise as the Hershey Bears came away victors with a 7-3 win at the Giant Center on Sunday evening.
Manchester (5-3-1-1) is tied for second place in the Atlantic Division with 12 points. Hershey (6-3-0-1) is in second place in the East Division with 13 points.
“They scored on four of their first five shots and took us out of it,” said Monarchs Head Coach Mark Morris. “We competed right up until the end. They had two empty netters. The puck was bouncing their way tonight and we took way too many penalties. Martin Jones did a real good job in relief. Any breaks we got, we squandered. We had some glorious chances but the trips to the penalty box negated any of the chances we could have taken. (Hershey) has a dynamic team with a lot of experience and if you cough the puck up, it’s going to end up in your net.”
Center Mathieu Perreault brought the score to 4-2 with a breakaway goal at 15:41 of the first period. Perreault blocked an outlet pass from Monarchs defenseman David Kolomatis in the Monarchs zone. Skating in on goaltender Jeff Zatkoff, Perreault slipped the puck between the netminder’s legs for his second tally of the season.
The Bears struck first at 1:23 of the opening period with right wing Brian Willsie’s fifth goal of the season on the first shot of the game. With Hershey putting on pressure deep in the Monarchs zone, right wing Andrew Gordon found Willsie in the high slot. The veteran forward collected the puck, turned toward the net and fired a shot that beat Zatkoff on his stick side. Defenseman Brian Fahey assisted on the first goal of the game for Hershey.
Monarchs center Corey Elkins evened the game at 1-1 with his fourth goal of the season at 10:22 of the first frame. Kolomatis blasted a shot from the left point that soared wide of the net. Defenseman Viatcheslav Voynov picked up the rebound and shoved it behind the cage to right wing Brandon Kozun. With the short pass, Kozun found Elkins skating up to the left doorstep for the one-timer that beat goaltender Todd Ford.
Only 55 seconds later, the Bears took their lead back with defenseman Zach Miskovic’s second tally of the season. Center Keith Aucoin found Miskovic at the right point. The defenseman wound up and rifled a slap shot through traffic that beat Zatkoff to give the Bears a 2-1 advantage at 11:15 of the first period. Willsie picked up his second point of the game by assisting on the goal.
Defenseman Alec Martinez scored his second goal in as many games at 13:56 of the first period. Skating on the power play, left wing Bud Holloway fed the puck out to the left point where center Justin Azevedo was stationed. Azevedo found Martinez at the right point for the one-timer that eluded Ford for the defenseman’s second goal of the season which tied the game at 2-2.
Aucoin was sprung on a breakaway at 14:42 of the opening stanza and snapped a wrist shot past Zatkoff on his glove side for his fifth goal of the season to give the Bears the 3-2 advantage.
Goaltender Martin Jones replaced Zatkoff between the Monarchs pipes at 15:26 of the first period.
Following a scoreless second period, Gordon netted a power play goal at 7:38 of the final frame to bring the score to 5-2 in favor of the Bears. Gordon parked himself in front of Jones as defenseman Lawrence Nycholat carried the puck to the center point and flipped it toward the net. Gordon redirected the shot past Jones for his seventh tally of the season. Left wing Kyle Greentree assisted on the goal.
Voynov responded 31 seconds later with his first goal of the season at 8:09 of the final period. With left wing Richard Clune screening Ford, Voynov fired a shot from the right point that found the back of the net. Kolomatis and Azevedo picked up assists on the Monarchs final goal of the game.
Left wing Boyd Kane and center Jay Beagle each scored empty net goals to bring the final score to 7-3 in the Bears favor.
Zatkoff (3-3-1) took his third loss of the season, stopping 1-of-5 shots on net before being replaced by Jones who made 13 saves on 14 shots. Ford (1-0-0) collected his first victory of the season, halting 27-of-30 shots on goal.
Manchester was 1-for-7 on the power play. Hershey was also 1-for-8 with the man advantage.
Notables: The Bears extend their regular season record against the Monarchs to 6-11-1-1…The Monarchs dropped the first back-to-back games this season…In the first period, five goals were scored five minutes and 19 seconds apart…Defenseman Alec Martinez has scored in back-to-back games…Defenseman Viatcheslav Voynov tallied his first goal of the season.
The Monarchs will next travel to the XL Center to take on the Hartford Wolf Pack on Wednesday, November 3 at 7:00 p.m.
I understand what you are saying Roader and I agree. I was just under-whelmed by the generics of it all I guess.