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Monarchs 2, Sound Tigers 0

Friday, 10.05.2012 / 8:31 PM / News
By Travis Betts
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Monarchs 2, Sound Tigers 0
The Manchester Monarchs defeated the Bridgeport Sound Tigers 2-0 on Friday, closing out the Sound Tigers preseason
Sound Tigers forward Jason Clark takes a faceoff during Friday's game (Photo: Manchester Monarchs)

MANCHESTER, NH - Jordan Nolan and Andrei Loktionov lit the lamp for Manchester, and the Sound Tigers were unable to answer, losing 2-0 to the Monarchs at Sullivan Arena to conclude the preseason schedule. With the loss, Bridgeport drops to 1-1-0-0 in exhibition play, while the win gives Manchester a 1-0-0-0 preseason record.

The first period ended in a scoreless tie, despite several opportunities on the man advantage for each team. Three times during the opening frame, a Manchester power play ended when one of its players went to the penalty box, creating a 4-on-4 situation.

The Monarchs best opportunity of the opening frame came at even strength when Andrei Loktionov made a cross-ice pass to Brandon Kozun in the circle to Kevin Poulin’s right. Kozun fired a one-timer but Poulin was equal to the task, dropping down low to make one of his 39 saves and end the threat.

The Sound Tigers almost took the lead near the tail end of a man advantage with five minutes remaining in the first period. Travis Hamonic made a pass from the right point to Kirill Kabanov in the slot, but the forward was unable to convert the chance as the puck bounced wide of Manchester goalie Martin Jones.

Bridgeport mustered a few more offensive chances during the second period, but the stanza was characterized by several fights that broke out in the second half of the frame. Mike Halmo and Manchester forward Andy Andreoff dropped the gloves at 11:20. Brett Gallant and David Kolomatis followed suit four minutes later, and at 17:18, Marc Cantin and Richard Clune squared off in a bout.

With the game still scoreless after two periods, Nolan skated in down the right side and lifted a wrist shot over Poulin just 28 seconds into the third, giving the Monarchs a 1-0 lead. Loktionov earned the lone assist on the play.

Loktionov put Manchester up 2-0 a few minutes later after Kolomatis’ shot rebounded onto his stick at the bottom of the left circle. The Monarchs center beat a sprawled out Poulin top-shelf. Kozun also assisted on the goal.

Nathan McIver and Nolan squared off in the fourth fight of the night seven minutes into the third, trading several punches until they were escorted to their respective penalty boxes.

Halmo had an opportunity in the middle of the period after a bouncing puck found his stick in the slot. Manchester goalie Jean-Francois Berube, who entered midway through the game in relief of Jones, slid across to make the save.

The Sound Tigers took a holding penalty with 2:37 remaining, putting a dent in any comeback effort.

The Sound Tigers head back to Long Island where they will continue Training Camp. The team’s first regular season game is on the road Friday, Oct. 12 against the Connecticut Whale at 7:30 p.m. The home opener is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 13 against the Providence Bruins at 7 p.m.

FORWARDS
Persson – Ullstrom - McDonald
Niederreiter – Nelson – Kabanov
Halmo – Sundstrom – Backman
Gallant – Clark – MacKay

DEFENSEMEN
Ness – Landry
Donovan - Hamonic
McIver – Cantin

GOALTENDERS
Poulin
Reiter

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 61 40 16 5 167 135 85
2 NYR 60 38 16 6 190 148 82
3 NYI 62 40 20 2 200 173 82
4 TBL 62 37 19 6 203 167 80
5 DET 60 34 15 11 176 156 79
6 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
7 WSH 62 33 19 10 184 156 76
8 BOS 60 29 22 9 158 158 67
9 FLA 61 26 22 13 145 172 65
10 PHI 62 26 25 11 164 181 63
11 OTT 59 26 23 10 167 161 62
12 NJD 61 25 27 9 137 161 59
13 CBJ 60 26 30 4 157 189 56
14 TOR 61 25 31 5 170 185 55
15 CAR 59 22 30 7 134 159 51
16 BUF 62 19 38 5 120 207 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 62 29 34 4 63
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 62 13 26 21 39
B. Nelson 62 17 19 6 36
F. Nielsen 62 11 25 11 36
A. Lee 56 20 12 12 32
J. Bailey 50 12 19 10 31
J. Boychuk 52 7 22 15 29
N. Leddy 62 8 17 14 25
T. Hamonic 52 4 19 16 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 32 13 0 .910 2.49
C. Johnson 8 7 1 .890 2.95

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