Shots on Goal: Manchester’s Jones over Bruin’s Svedberg
The Manchester Monarchs opened their 13th season at the Verizon Wireless Arena with a 5-4 shootout win over the Providence Bruins.
Martin Jones earned his third shootout victory of this young season, stopping 34-of-38 shots. Five of the Monarchs first six games have ended in a shootout.
Tanner Pearson got things started for Manchester when he tapped in a Jordan Weal centering pass past an outstretched Svedberg. Kevan Miller tied the game 1-1 when he corralled his own rebound off Monarchs defenseman Nick Deslauriers and fired a shot past Jones.
Two second period Manchester goals gave Jones and the Monarchs comfortable 3-1 lead. Defenseman Andrew Bodnarchuk went five-hole on Svedberg letting one rip from between the circles. Brian O’Neill extended the lead to 3-1 tipping in a Vincent LoVerde shot.
A rejuvenated Bruins squad began chipping away at the Monarchs lead when Bruins left wing Justin Florek scored on a shorthanded breakaway. Florek took a pass from Alexander Fallstrom and found enough daylight between Jones’ left pad and the post to bring the Bruins to within one. Bruins winger Seth Griffith tied the game 3-3 when he grabbed a rebound from a David Warsofsky slapper a sent it into a wide open net.
Robbie Czarnik regained the lead for Manchester going high glove side on Svedberg with a one-timer from between the hash marks.
With Svedberg on the bench for the extra attacker and 27 seconds remaining, Matt Fraser got the puck off the faceoff and rifled one past Jones to send the game into overtime.
After a scoreless extra period Manchester’s Tyler Toffoli and Andy Andreoff beat Bruins netminder Niklas Svedberg in the shootout for the win.
Svedberg (2-0-2) took the shootout loss with 32 saves on 36 shots.