With temperature outside hovering around zero, Monarchs goaltender Martin Jones (11-13-2) picked a good night to get hot.
The young netminder stopped all 42 shots Wednesday night enroute to his eleventh victory. He set the tone early with 16 saves in the first period and the first of 2 highlight reel stops when he denied Graham Mink with nifty right pad save to keep the game scoreless. The second came midway through the third frame, nursing a two goal lead, when he robbed P-Bruins sniper Torey Krug with a flash of the leather as Krug tried to go top shelf glove side.
“He (Martin Jones) made two stellar saves; I haven’t seen saves like that in a long time,” said Monarch Head Coach Mark Morris. “The pad save early on in the game and that glove save with a wide open net, that kid is going to have nightmares.
“I felt good out there,” Jones said. “They always do a good job getting guys in front of the net and making life tough on the goaltenders. We knew what we were going to see and the D did a good job taking away the back door, in-tight plays.”
Michael Hutchinson had an equally impressive game going for the baby B’s with his own huge save when he denied Stefan Legein on a first period breakaway.
Monarchs forward Linden Vey broke the scoreless tie at 6:48 of the second frame when he gathered up his own rebound and deposited the puck past an outstretched Hutchinson just inside the left post.
Just over a minute later, Manchester went up 2-0 when Monarchs captain Marc-Andre Cliche let a wrister fly from the slot that beat Hutchinson stick side.
Anthony Stewart finished off the scoring with an empty-netter at 19:02.
Prior to the game, Providence called on former Northeastern Huskies netminder Adam Geragosian to backup Hutchinson on an emergency basis when Niklas Svedberg was not feeling well enough to dress for the event. After Northeastern, Geragosian spent time with the Pensacola Ice Pilots of the ECHL and Twin City Cyclones of the SPHL.