The Hartford Wolf Pack gave up a goal on the first shift of the game, then two more 17 seconds apart in the 10th minute of the first period, allowing the Manchester Monarchs to take a lead they’d never relinquish.
Jordan Owens got the lone goal for the Wolf Pack in the second half of the first period, giving him points in back-to-back games since returning to the line-up from injury. Evgeny Grachev picked up an assist, giving him his third point in two games this weekend.
The Atlantic Division-leading Monarchs added another goal in the third to complete the scoring at 4-1.
Of greater concern is an apparent head or shoulder injury suffered by P.A. Parenteau during the second period. The Pack’s second leading scorer was hit awkwardly into the boards by Manchester enforcer Kevin Westgarth midway through the second period and did not return to the game.
We left early in the third period to head into the city for the Rangers game (most fun I’ve had at the Garden all season – thanks boys!) so for the full recap, I leave you with Bob Crawford’s write-up below.
Manchester Monarchs 4, Hartford Wolf Pack 1
Manchester, NH, January 17, 2010 – Corey Elkins had a goal and an assist, and Jonathan Bernier made 35 saves, Sunday at the Verizon Wireless Arena, to lead the Manchester Monarchs to a 4-1 Atlantic-Division victory over the Hartford Wolf Pack.
The loss was only the Wolf Pack’s fourth in regulation in the last 15 games (9-4-0-2) and dropped the fourth-place Pack to 22-16-1-4 (49 pts.) on the season.
The Wolf Pack fell behind on the game’s first shift, with Elkins scoring for Manchester at the 36-second mark. Juraj Mikus pushed the rebound of Andrew Campbell’s point shot in front to Elkins, who slid it past Hartford goaltender Matt Zaba (21 saves).
The Monarchs then upped the lead to 3-0 with a pair of goals in 17 seconds starting at 10:34. Tom Cavanagh scored a power-play goal to make it 2-0, on a shot from the top of the right circle. Then, at 10:51, John Zeiler put in a wraparound to make it a three-goal Manchester advantage.
Jordan Owens got the Wolf Pack on the scoreboard at 13:17 with his sixth goal of the year, assisted by Evgeny Grachev and Nigel Williams. Grachev, headed behind the net, banked the puck off the outside of the goalpost to Owens at the left side of the slot, and Owens beat Bernier over the catching glove.
The Wolf Pack picked up their play significantly in the second period, outshooting Manchester 14-6, but could not solve Bernier, who came into the game with the AHL’s second-best save percentage (93.8) and fifth-best goals-against average (2.05).
The third period also favored Hartford, which enjoyed an 11-3 shots advantage, courtesy of five power plays. Bernier held strong, however, and Bud Holloway provided the final margin with a goal at 1:04. From the right-wing side, Holloway snapped a shot into the top corner over Zaba’s catching glove.
The Wolf Pack ended up 0/7 on the power play and fell to 2-3-0-0 in the season series against the Monarchs, who lead the Atlantic Division at 26-13-1-4 for 57 points.
Hartford Wolf Pack 1 At Manchester Monarchs 4
Jan 17, 2010 – Verizon Wireless Arena
Hartford 1 0 0 – 1
Manchester 3 0 1 – 4
1st Period-1, Manchester, Elkins 13 (Mikus, Campbell), 0:36. 2, Manchester, Cavanagh 3 (Kolomatis, Elkins), 10:34 (pp). 3, Manchester, Zeiler 4 (Cliche), 10:51. 4, Hartford, Owens 6 (Grachev, Williams), 13:17. Penalties-Westgarth Mch (interference), 3:03; Williams Hfd (tripping), 10:06; Garlock Hfd (roughing), 16:14; Soryal Hfd (roughing), 16:14; Clune Mch (roughing), 16:14; Nolan Mch (roughing), 16:14; Weise Hfd (hooking), 19:37.
2nd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Parenteau Hfd (tripping), 6:26; Parenteau Hfd (roughing), 8:58; Owens Hfd (fighting), 11:34; Clune Mch (fighting), 11:34; Westgarth Mch (boarding), 11:34.
3rd Period-5, Manchester, Holloway 12 (Voynov), 1:04. Penalties-Couture Hfd (fighting), 1:50; Walker Mch (fighting), 1:50; Holloway Mch (tripping), 5:08; Byers Hfd (roughing), 7:18; Voynov Mch (boarding, roughing), 7:18; Weise Hfd (slashing), 9:13; Nolan Mch (cross-checking), 9:13; Nightingale Hfd (fighting), 11:11; Westgarth Mch (elbowing, fighting), 11:11; Kroll Mch (tripping), 15:26; Elkins Mch (slashing), 17:07; Soryal Hfd (slashing), 19:27.
Shots on Goal-Hartford 11-14-11-36. Manchester 16-6-3-25.
Power Play Opportunities-Hartford 0 of 7; Manchester 1 of 5.
Goalies-Hartford, Zaba 3-4-1 (25 shots-21 saves). Manchester, Bernier 18-10-4 (36 shots-35 saves).
Referees-Ghislain Hebert (49).
Linesmen-Landon Bathe (80), Brian MacDonald (72).
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