Monarchs Streak Trapped By Bears
HERSHEY, PA – The Manchester Monarchs saw their six-game winning streak end after falling to the Hershey Bears, 4-2, at Giant Center on Sunday afternoon.
Manchester (37-32-3-4) is in third place in the Atlantic Division with 81 points. Hershey (36-31-3-6) is in fourth place in the East Division with 81 points.
“The game this afternoon was a bit of a clunker, but in the big picture we accomplished what we set to do, we made the playoffs,” said Monarchs Head Coach Mark Morris. “Some key players were out this afternoon and it altered the chemistry significantly. We’ll gear up for the post-season against Springfield and see if we can rekindle the momentum we’ve enjoyed for the past few weeks.”
The Bears regained a two-goal lead at 3-1 with a goal by left wing Jon DiSalvatore at 6:47 of the third period. Right wing Joey Crabb received a pass at the right wing half wall before he played it back to defenseman Julien Brouillette at the right point. Brouliette took a slap shot that DiSalvatore redirected for the eventual game-winning tally and his 17th goal of the season.
The Bears opened the scoring with a goal by defenseman Chay Genoway just 16 seconds into the first period. Left wing Nicolas Deschamp grabbed the puck from behind the net in the Monarchs zone. Deschamp chipped the puck along the boards to center Michael Latta in the left wing corner. Latta played the puck back to Genoway who came down from the left point to the left wing half wall. Genoway wristed a shot from along the boards that beat Monarchs goaltender Ty Rimmer under his armpit on the glove side for his fifth goal of the season.
Left wing Boyd Kane gave the Bears a 2-0 lead with a goal at 14:12 of the first period. Right wing Garrett Mitchell fed Kane who gained the Monarchs zone on the right wing. Kane skated into the right wing face-off circle before a Monarchs defenseman poked the puck to the right wing half wall. Kane regained control of the puck, circled around inside the right wing face-off circle and fired a wrist shot that beat Rimmer over the shoulder on the stick side for the goal. Defenseman Tomas Kundratek also tallied an assist on Kane’s 15th goal of the season.
The Monarchs cut their deficit to 2-1 with a goal by left wing Tanner Pearson at 6:22 of the third period. Right wing Brian O’Neill took the puck off the end wall and passed the puck to center Andy Andreoff in front of the net. Bears netminder Philipp Grubuaer denied Andreoff’s initial shot but Pearson was able to grab the loose puck and slide it into the back of the net for his 18th goal of the season.
DiSalvatore recorded his second goal of the game on the power play and gave the Bears a 4-1 lead at 14:59 of the final period. Deschamps grabbed the puck out of the right wing corner in the Monarchs zone and passed to defenseman Dmitry Orlov at the center point. Orlov took a slap shot that DiSalvatore redirected into the back of the net for his 18th goal of the season.
Pearson scored his second goal of the game on the power play at 17:44 of the third period. Right wing Tyler Toffoli received the puck from defenseman David Kolomatis at the top of the left wing face-off circle. Toffoli played the puck back to Kolomatis at the right point. Kolomatis took a slap shot that Pearson tipped into the back of the net for his 19th goal of the season.
Rimmer (0-1-0) took his first loss of the season making 36 saves on 40 shots. Grubauer (15-9-2) earned his 15th victory of the season stopping 23-of-25 shots faced.
Manchester went 1-for-5 on the power play. Hershey went 1-for-3 with the man advantage.
Notables: The Monarchs will play the Springfield Falcons in the first round of the 2013 Calder Cup Playoffs…Manchester’s six-game winning streak was snapped…Monarchs goaltender Ty Rimmer made his professional debut…The Hershey Bears clinched the eighth and final seed in the Calder Cup Playoffs with the victory.
The Monarchs travel to the MassMutual Center to battle the Springfield Falcons in game one of the 2013 Calder Cup Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 27. Catch all of the play-by-play action of Monarchs hockey with Ken Cail on the Monarchs Radio Network WGIR 610 AM, 107.7 WTPL The Pulse, www.wgiram.com and at www.manchestermonarchs.com, presented by Manchester-Boston Regional Airport.