AHL: Berube backstops Monarchs past baby Sharks


Game report provided by the Monarchs, LA Kings’ AHL affiliate…

WORCESTER, MA – Right wing A.J. Gale scored twice to lift the Manchester Monarchs over the Worcester Sharks, 3-1, at the DCU Center on Friday night.

Manchester (17-5-1-4) leads the Atlantic Division with 39 points.  Worcester (10-9-1-1) ranks fifth in the Atlantic Division with 22 points.

“Our goals tonight came from some unlikely sources, but we are pleased to see their contributions,” said Head Coach Mark Morris.  “We got stronger as the game progressed.  The ice seemed tilted toward the penalty box throughout the first period.  Fortunately, we weathered the storm and hung around long enough to find a way to win.”

Gale gave the Monarchs a 2-1 advantage at 3:28 of the third period with his second goal of the season.  Gale picked up the puck in the Monarchs zone and carried it up the right wing and into the neutral zone before passing it over the right wing Scott Sabourin along the left wing.  Sabourin skated the puck into the Sharks zone and put the brakes on along the half-wall.  Sabourin sent the puck into the slot for the tap in by Gale who was positioned on the right doorstep.

The Sharks bit first with a power play goal at 19:04 of the opening frame.  Worcester cycled the puck from defenseman Adam Comrie at the right point to defenseman Matt Tennyson at the left point.  Tennyson sent a short pass to right wing Daniil Tarasov who carried the puck down the center of the zone and into the slot.  From the high slot, Tarasov snapped a wrist shot through traffic and beat Monarchs netminder J.F. Berube on the left side for his ninth goal of the season.

Monarchs defenseman Andrew Campbell tied the game at 1-1 at 16:04 of the second period.  Forward Nick Shore grabbed the puck from a group of players in the neutral zone and broke out on a three-on-one breakaway with Campbell and left wing Tanner Pearson.  Shore carried the puck down the right wing and dropped a pass back to Campbell at the center point.  Campbell picked up the pass and fired a laser beam of a shot into the left corner of the net for his first tally of the season.  Right wing Zach O’Brien earned an assist on the tying goal.

Gale collected his second goal of the game and third tally of the season at 6:49 of the final frame.  Defenseman Andrew Bodnarchuk fired a slap shot from the left point.  Sharks netminder Troy Grosenick made the pad save.  Sabourin was on the left doorstep and passed the rebound to Gale at the right corner of the crease for the insurance tally.

Berube (8-4-2) earned his eighth win of the season stopping 39-of-40 shots.  Grosenick (5-3-0) took his third loss of the season making 22 saves on 25 shots.

Manchester was 0-for-5 on the power play.  Worcester went 1-for-8 with the man advantage.

Notables:  The Monarchs have won three of their last four games…Right wing A.J. Gale recorded his first multi-goal and multi-point game with two tallies…Right wing Scott Sabourin has six points (1-5=6) in his last four games…Goaltender J.F. Berube’s 39 saves and 40 shots are season-highs for a Monarchs goaltender this season.

The Monarchs travel to the Glens Falls Civic Center to take on the Adirondack Phantoms at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 14.

Follow @AndyTonge1 for more Monarchs news and notes…

Recent Articles

FREE REPLAY: Hoven Talks LA Kings Prospects on AHL Broadcast

Follow @mayorNHL
Enjoy a free replay of a segment from Sunday night’s Ontario Reign playoff game, where John Hoven joined Cameron Close on the AHL broadcast to discuss where Gabe Vilardi, Paul LaDue, Matt Luff, Oscar Fantenberg, Kurtis MacDermid, Cal Peterson, and several other prospects fit into the LA Kings plans moving forward.
NOTE: To read the […]

Kings Prospect Tracker: Report For Week Ending April 23, 2018

Time for a quick look at the week in hockey, with a specific focus on LA Kings prospects playing outside the AHL…
 
JARET ANDERSON-DOLAN: Forward, Spokane Chiefs (2nd round pick in 2017, WHL)
Regular season: 40 goals, 51 assists, plus-9, 27 PIM in 70 games played
Playoffs: 2 goals, 7 assists, plus-5, 4 PIM in 7 games played
Anderson-Dolan […]

Mayor’s Minutes on NHL Radio: LA Kings Summer Moves and Drew Doughty Contract Situation

Follow @mayorNHL
Enjoy a free replay of this week’s Mayor’s Minutes on NHL Network Radio, where John Hoven joined host Jim ‘Boomer’ Gordon to look at the Kings first round exit, what GM Rob Blake might do next, how the Drew Doughty contract situation will be resolved, which LA player may have been injured against Vegas, […]

Major News Items

LA Kings 2018 Mid-Season Top 10 Prospect Rankings: The Top Two

It all comes down to this. After an extensive journey through the LA Kings current prospect pool, we've finally arrived at the top two players in the rankings - including this year's highly coveted No. 1 spot. … [Read More...]

More Prospect News