Mersch Stays Hot in 2-1 Win over Devils
ALBANY, NY - Michael Mersch tallied a shorthanded game-winning goal as the Monarchs earned a 2-1 win over the Devils on Wednesday night in their only trip this season to the Times Union Center.
Mersch, who was named the AHL's CCM/AHL Rookie of the Month for March earlier today, extended his point streak to four straight games (6 goals, 2 assists). He has at least one point in eight of his last 11 games beginning on Mar. 8, with seven goals and eight assists in that span.
The Monarchs (44-16-6-2) finished their season series undefeated in two games against Albany (31-26-5-6). Manchester has won nine of its last 11 games overall beginning on Mar. 8 (9-1-1-0).
Albany registered the game's first goal when Matt Lorito stole a pass from J.F. Berube and scored on an open net at 18:50 in the first. The goal came on the power play after Sean Backman was whistled for tripping.
Nick Ebert knotted the game at 1-1 when he scored his sixth goal of the season on a wrister from the point at 12:50 in the second.
Mersch gave the Monarchs a 2-1 lead while shorthanded when he stole a pass in front of the Albany net and beat Scott Clemmensen at 3:48 in the third. It was the first shorthanded goal of his pro career.
The Monarchs play next on Friday with a 7 p.m. game at Portland. They have already clinched this season's VIP Cup. Manchester concludes the weekend on Saturday night with a 7 p.m. game at Hartford.
Nick Ebert (goal) scored his sixth goal of the season and first goal since Feb. 13 vs. SPR. Michael Mersch scored Manchester's 10th shorthanded goal of the season. They entered tonight tied for the fifth-most shorthanded goals in the AHL. Mersch's goal was his third game-winning goal this year, tied for the third-most on the team behind Brian O'Neill (7) and Jordan Weal (6). Since surrendering six goals at HER on Saturday, the Monarchs have limited opponents to one goal in each of their last two games.
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