January 16, 2004 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Manchester Monarchs
PORTLAND, ME ¬Ė Goaltender Maxime Ouellet made 19 saves and left wing Mike Souza collected his first game-winning goal of the season as the Portland Pirates edged the Manchester Monarchs, 2-0, in front of a crowd of 2,818 at the Cumberland County Civic Center on Friday night. The shutout was Ouellet¬ís fourth this season, and it put an end to the Pirates¬í (16-15-5-4, 41 points) three-game winless streak. The Monarchs (20-17-2-3, 45 points), who were shutout in consecutive games for the first time in franchise, saw their season record against the Pirates drop to 3-1-0-1 with the road loss.
Goaltender Adam Hauser collected 14 saves in the first period as the Pirates came out of the gate strong. The second-year pro was able to keep the game scoreless by denying scoring chances from left wing Colin Forbes, right wing Boyd Gordon, defenseman Steve Eminger, left wing Ivan Ciernik and left wing Andrej Podkonicky.
The Monarchs had just four shots in the period, with their top line of center Steve Kelly, left wing Michael Cammalleri and right wing Pavel Rosa credited with all four. Cammalleri had the Monarchs best scoring chance in the period, but Ouellet rejected his close range bid from the bottom of the left wing circle at 1:15 into the contest.
More of the same in the second period as the Pirates outshot the Monarchs 6-4. The best scoring chance of the frame came from Portland center Brad Parsons, who forced Hauser to make a skillful blocker save six minutes in after knocking down a mid-air pass at the Monarchs blue line and charging into the zone. Parsons, who crashed into the end boards with defenseman Bryan Muir after the shot, was injured on the play and did not return. Muir was assessed a hooking penalty on the play.
Souza gave the Pirates the only goal they needed 7:01 into the third period when his left circle slap shot cleanly beat Hauser. Souza, a former University of New Hampshire Wildcat, raced into the Monarchs zone one step ahead of defenseman Joe Rullier, who was caught flat-footed on the play. Right wing Graham Mink and center Jason Ulmer assisted as Souza scored his fifth goal this season.
Ulmer also was credited with an empty net goal at 19:59 of the third. Forbes and Gordon assisted as the Pirates withstood a late charge from the Monarchs, who finished the period with 11 shots.
Ouellet¬ís record improved to 8-16-2 with the win. Hauser¬ís record fell to 9-9-2 with the loss. Each team went 0-for-4 on the power play.
The Monarchs host the Pirates in a rematch at the Verizon Wireless Arena on Saturday, January 17 at 7:35 p.m. Saturday¬ís game is 70¬ís Night with the Monarchs. Fans are invited to join the Monarchs players and staff at the Holiday Inn¬ís Grand Ballroom following the game for New Hampshire¬ís biggest 70¬ís party, sponsored by Rock 101. For Manchester Monarchs ticket information, visit the Monarchs on-line at www.monarchshockey.com or call (603) 626-7825.
Monarchs Ticket Availability as of January 16
Sat., Jan. 17 vs. Portland: Single seats remain.
NOTES: Defenseman/captain Richard Seeley missed Friday¬ís game with a sprained wrist. The 6-foot-2, 208-pound native of Powell River, British Columbia, is expected to miss 2-3 weeks of action due to the injury. Seeley, 24, selected by the Los Angeles Kings in the sixth-round (137th overall) in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft, was injured in the third period of the Monarchs game against the Hartford Wolf Pack on January 11.
Center Yanick Lehoux returned to the lineup on Friday after missing 12 games with a broken finger. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound native of Repentigny, Quebec, suffered his injury on December 19 against the Utah Grizzles. Originally selected by the Los Angeles Kings in the third-round (86th overall) in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, the 21-year-old Lehoux signed a multi-year contract with the Kings in April of 2002.