October 8, 2012

Monarchs pummel Pirates, finish preseason undefeated

By Jesse Connolly

There’s heading into the regular season on a high note, and then there’s doing what the Monarchs did on Monday afternoon at ICEnter in Salem, N.H.

Manchester annihilated the Portland Pirates by a score of 7-1 in their final preseason tuneup, finishing their exhibition schedule with a perfect 3-0-0 record.

The Monarchs tallied five times on a whopping 11 power-play opportunities. Down the other end of the ice, Martin Jones stopped 17-of-18 shots to earn his first victory of the preseason.

Forward Linden Vey opened the scoring with a power-play strike with 5:17 to go in the opening frame, banging home a rebound past Portland netminder Mark Visentin for his first strike of the preseason.

Slava Voynov had a four-point outing with 1-3-4 totals, tallying at the 7:02 of the third to stake the Monarchs to a 6-0 advantage. Jones lost his shutout bid with 5:09 left in regulation when winger Darian Dziurzynski tallied for the Pirates.

“This afternoon was a complete effort,” said Monarchs head coach Mark Morris. “We skated hard and executed our system to a tee. We let the bottle out today. Early success is important to our psyche as a team as we hope to use these games in our efforts to have further success in the regular season.”

The Monarchs’ regular season begins on Friday night down in Providence, as they’ll take on the Bruins at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.

Jesse Connolly can be reached at jconnolly@hockeyjournal.com. Follow him on Twitter at @JesseNEHJ.