10/25/2014 9:12 PM -
MANCHESTER, NH – A night after scoring five goals, the Manchester Monarchs gave up five goals, losing to the Providence Bruins 5-0 at the Verizon Wireless Arena on Saturday.
“It was a tough one, yeah,” Head Coach Mike Stothers said. “We were not as sharp as we needed to be or as sharp as we have been. We had some errors in our zone and they ended up in the back of the net.”
Center Alexander Khokhlachev started the scoring for the Bruins early in the game. After a rush from the Bruins’ end, defenseman Chris Breen found right wing David Pastrnak at the top of the left circle. Pastrnak couldn’t beat goaltender Patrik Bartosak with the shot, but the rebound off of Bartosak’s left pad fell to Khokhlachev, who put the puck in the net at 1:45 in the first period.
After a disallowed goal midway through the first period, Bruins left wing Craig Cunningham redeemed himself later in the period, scoring his first of the season. Seconds after a Bruins penalty expired, Manchester gave the puck away in its own end to left wing Jared Knight in the left corner. Knight spotted Pastrnak, fresh out of the box, just to the left of the goal. After a quick puck battle, Cunningham came away and beat a down-and-out Bartosak for the second goal of the night at 19:29.
Tempers boiled over early in the second period when Monarchs forward Josh Gratton dropped the gloves with Bruins forward Tyler Randell.
Not long after the fight, Khokhlachev scored his second goal of the game on an assist from Pastrnak. Pastrnak took a turnover on the left wing and fed a wide-open Khokhlachev in front of the net. A quick shot beat Bartosak through the five-hole.
Providence added their fourth tally when a tic-tac-toe passing play led to a goal at 9:42 in the second period. Left wing Matt Linblad took the puck from the top of the right circle and found the tape of Ryan Spooner on the top of the opposite circle. Spooner then found Cunningham all alone on the left side of the net for his second goal of the night.
Providence got on the board again at 13:43 in the second period when defenseman Jeff Schultz gave the puck away to Spooner just outside the Monarchs’ blue line. Spooner found a rushing Cunningham all alone on the right side of the goal for an uncontested goal, completing the hat-trick. That would be the last shot Bartosak faced, as he was pulled from the game in favor of Jean-Francios Berube.
The Monarchs come back to the Verizon Wireless Arena next Friday, October 31 for a Halloween matchup versus the Hershey Bears to kick off a three game weekend at home.
- The Monarchs surrendered their first goal in the first period this season, allowing two tonight.
- Tonight marked MCH’s first shutout loss at home since April of last season.
- The Monarchs have successfully killed 92 percent (22 of 24) of their penalties this year.
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