AHL: Monarchs falter, fall 5-0 to Bruins

After a confidence boosting 5-2 win in their home opener over the Portland Pirates on Friday, the Manchester Monarchs were likely feeling good heading into Saturday’s match-up with the Providence Bruins. Once the teams stepped on the ice, the hometown Monarchs were knocked down a peg after a 5-0 drubbing by their division rivals.

The Bruins would score a goal early and late in the first period, carrying a 2-0 lead into the first intermission.

Alexander Khokhlachev would open the game up with his third goal of the game just under two minutes into regulation. Collecting a pass in the left circle from defenseman Chris Breen, 18 year old David Pastrnak would throw a shot on net. With little traffic in front of him, the puck bounced off Monarchs’ goaltender Patrik Bartosak’s pad and right onto Khokhlachev’s stick for an easy tap-in from the slot.

Pastrnak would pick up his second assist of the period with just 32 seconds before the buzzer, as Craig Cunningham scored what would be his first of three goals on the night. With the puck on his stick in the slot, the Czech forward dangled around two Monarchs defenders before making a short pass to Cunningham, who went far post and in.

In the second period, Pastrnak intercepted a breakout pass in the Monarchs’ zone and found Khokhlachev in all alone for his second goal of the game. The Russian forward was in the slot alone as Bartosak went for a poke-check, exposing his five-hole for Khokhlachev to slide the puck home.

Around six minutes later, the Bruins lead would be extended to 4-0 on a tick-tack-toe goal on the rush. Carrying the puck in the right side of the zone, Matt Lindblad threw the puck across the ice to Ryan Spooner, who found Cunningham alone in the slot as he drove towards the net. With Bartosak biting on the pass to Spooner, Cunningham had a wide open target for his second tally of the game.

Cunningham would complete the hat-trick with just over six minutes to play. A Jeff Schultz breakout pass landed perfectly on the tape of Spooner, who quickly transitioned on the attack and found Cunningham with a pass on a two-on-one, who beat Bartosak with a wrist shot.

Shortly after allowing his fifth goal on 19 shots, Bartosak was replaced with Friday’s starter, JF Berube. The Monarchs were unable to muster up any offense and thus shut out by the final score of 5-0.

While Khokhlachev and Cunningham were named two of the games three stars, Pastrnak helped drive the Bruins offense greatly. Showing tremendous vision and offensive prowess, Pastrnak was a threat all night, collecting three helpers by the time the game was all said and done. With nine points in only seven games at the young age of 18, Pastrnak is showing why the Boston Bruins made him their first round pick in this past year’s NHL Entry Draft.

In net opposite of Bartosak and Berube was another Bruins first round pick, Malcolm Subban. The younger brother of Montreal Canadiens defenseman PK Subban, the Bruins netminder was solid for 60 minutes en route to his first shutout of the season. Though his rebound control definitely could use work, there is no denying the raw ability of the Belleville Bulls alumni. Subban moved lateral with the speed and agility similar to that of LA Kings goalie Jonathan Quick.

Starting his second game of the year, Bartosak surely did not play the way he wanted. Though he wasn’t great by any means, he was hardly the only problem. You cannot win a game without goal support and his team failed to provide any offense with him in the net. Furthermore, the rather strong defensive unit of the Monarchs showed a few kinks in their armor, as the Bruins tended to find plenty of space in front of the Czech goalie.

“There’s 20 of us, right? It’s all of us. It’s not just one guy. It’s not just me. It’s all of us. You can’t really blame yourself for everything, but like I said, I wasn’t as sharp as I would [have] loved to be, and I need to get better. [We have] just got to get ready for the next one,” a somber Bartosak stated when asked if he felt disappointed in his game on Saturday.

Losing handily to a division rival can be an eye opener, especially to a team who has plenty of fresh faces in their lineup.

“I think it’s a good wake up call. They’re a good team. They have a lot of good players, [and] they play a good system. It’s a good wake up call for us. We have a lot of young guys, so hopefully we all can learn from this as a team, and build on something this week in practice, and take it into the games next weekend,” diagnosed veteran assistant captain Brian O’Neill.

The Monarchs return to action on Halloween, October 31, with a home game versus the Hershey Bears.

Line combinations and defensive pairings on Saturday were as follows:

FORWARDS

Brian O’Neill – Jordan Weal – Sean Backman

Michael Mersch – Nick Shore – Justin Auger

David Van Der Gulik – Nic Dowd – Scott Sabourin

Josh Gratton – Andrew Crescenzi – Zach O’Brien

DEFENSE

Jeff Schultz – Colin Miller

Derek Forbort – Nick Ebert

Kevin Raine – Vincent LoVerde

GOALTENDERS

Patrik Bartosak

JF Berube

//

RELATED CONTENT:

AHL: Weal tallies three assists, Monarchs win home opener

Deslauriers checks in on way out of SoCal

Kevin Gravel talks contract, message from Kings

Instagram

Note to webmasters/reporters: When recapping news or interviews from this site please remember to include a link to www.MayorsManor.com

Recent Articles

NHL RADIO REPLAY: Mayor’s Minutes – All the Latest LA Kings News

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 discuss all things Los Angeles.
Today’s radio segment can be heard using the player below or download any of our audio files for free on the MayorsManor iTunes page located here.

TSN REPLAY: Hoven Breaks Down LA Kings Draft and Roster Options

Follow @mayorNHL
Enjoy a free replay of John Hoven on TSN Radio, where he joined host Kevin Olszewski to discuss several LA Kings related topics – including what’s next for AHL Ontario, prospects being considered for the No. 2 selection in the NHL Draft, and which players are on the bubble for the 2020-21 roster.
This […]

NHL Radio Replay: Hoven on Draft Lottery, Kings Plans, and Roster Notes

Follow @mayorNHL
Enjoy a free replay of this week’s Hot Stove, where John Hoven joined hosts David Pagnotta, Dennis Bernstein, and Ryan Paton to break down what happened at the 2020 Draft Lottery, what’s next for the LA Kings, who will the pick, will he play in the NHL next season, the team’s top prospects, and […]

Major News Items

2020 NHL Draft Preview: Quinton Byfield, OHL Forward

One of Dean Lombardi’s most impactful picks came in the form of Drew Doughty at second overall. Twelve years later, the Kings would benefit if the lottery provided the same courtesy. According to Tankathon, Los … [Read More...]

More Prospect News

Trackbacks

  1. […] AHL: Monarchs falter, fall 5-0 to Bruins […]