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Garon Stars In Monarchs 12th Straight Victory

December 3, 2004 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Manchester Monarchs News Release

PROVIDENCE, RI – Goaltender Mathieu Garon collected a season-high 41 saves and center Michael Cammalleri, left wing Noah Clarke and center Yanick Lehoux had goals as the Manchester Monarchs extended their franchise-record winning streak to 12 games with a 3-2 win over the Providence Bruins before 7,572 fans at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center on Friday night.

The win was the sixth straight on the road for the Monarchs, who improved to 19-1-0-0 (38 points) on the season and extended their lead in the American Hockey League’s Atlantic Division standings to 11 points over the Hartford Wolf Pack (12-5-1-2, 27 points).

Garon earned his 13th win (13-1-0) with 15 saves in the final period. His best save came when he robbed center Keith Aucoin from point-blank range with less than 10 seconds remaining and the Bruins holding a 6-on-4 man-advantage.

The Monarchs outscored the Bruins in a first period that included two short-handed goals and one power play goal, all in a span of 1:26. Cammalleri opened the scoring with his league-leading 18th tally, scored on a breakaway at 10:04. Defenseman Tim Gleason, who whipped the puck out of the zone after Garon made a shoulder save, had the only assist on the play.

Clarke doubled the Monarchs lead just 27 seconds later with his seventh goal. Clarke, who now leads the Monarchs with two short-handed goals this season, scurried into the slot and then wired a shot over the left shoulder of Bruins goaltender Hannu Toivonen (25 shots, 22 saves). Defenseman Mike Weaver registered an assist on the short-handed goal, scored at 10:31.

The Bruins scored on the same power play just 59 seconds later to make it a 2-1 contest. Milan Jurcina collected his third goal of the season with an assist from center Patrice Bergeron, who drew the puck back to the defenseman after a face-off in the Monarchs zone.

The Bruins tied the game 4:29 into the middle period with the third goal of the season for right wing David Gove, who jammed a pass from center Brad Boyes through the legs of Garon.

But the Monarchs regained the lead less than two minutes later with a power play goal from Lehoux, who pounced on a rebound and accurately deposited the puck into the top corner of the Providence net at 6:21. Cammalleri and defenseman Denis Grebeshkov helped Lehoux extend his scoring streak to 10 games (6-11=17) with assists on the play. The goal was the 15th of the season for Lehoux, who had 14 goals all of last year (66 games).

The Monarchs return to action when they welcome the Bruins to the Verizon Wireless Arena for a 7:35 p.m. contest on Saturday, December 4. Catch all of the play-by-play action with Ken Cail on the Monarchs Radio Network (WGIR-AM 610, Manchester; WGIN-AM 930, Rochester; WGIP-AM 1540, Exeter; WTSL-AM 1400, Lebanon) and at www.monarchshockey.com.

Ticket Availability: Single seats in the Gold level and 800 seats in the Silver level remain for Saturday’s game against the Bruins.

Fans in need of Monarchs tickets may purchase them in person at the Verizon Wireless Arena box office, at any TicketMaster location, by phone at (603) 868-7300 or on-line at www.ticketmaster.com. The box office opens at 10:00 a.m.


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