Burlington, VT – The New Hampshire Monarchs traveled to Burlington, VT and capitalized on the man advantage scoring six power-play goals in two games to sweep the Green Mountain Glades 7-2 and 7-3. Game one on Saturday started with the Glades jumping out early off a Mark Collins goal when a Monarchs defender lost the puck in wet ice resulting in a turnover by the net. Mid-way through the first Adam Kaiser would strike when he fired home a feed from Kyle Beattie and Matt Mangene. Near the close of the period and on the power play, Adam Shemansky would slide behind the net and throw a perfect saucer pass against the grain to Kyle Beattie who snapped the puck into the net before Ryan Benitez knew where the puck was sent from Shemansky.
Both teams would exchange goals early in the second as Jamie Ferullo picked up an unassisted goal for the Monarchs followed by Mike Donnelan who blasted home a power play goal from Peter Massar and Collins. The Monarchs would then erupt with three straight goals to make it 6-2 after two periods of play. Jeff Hannan would score off an Adam Kaiser pass, Kyle Mountain would do the same with Brice O’Connor and Zach Menard assisting, and Brooks Herrington would one-time an Adam Shemansky feed on the power play. Kaiser would score a power play goal in the third with Menard and Herrington assisting. Benitez finished the game with 38 saves while rookie Brian Billet was solid again stopping 28 of 30 shots.
On Sunday, game two witnessed the Glades come out firing and hitting everything that moved and the result was a two-goal lead to start the game. Zach Vit pounded his own rebound to start the scoring and was quickly followed by a great 1×1 move from Peter Massar who then made no mistake all alone on Brian Billet. Kyle Mountain would slow things down when he re-directed a Zach Menard slapper off his backhand by a helpless Jacob Beeman. The Monarchs would make it 2-2 quick into the second when Mike Cornell fired home a Jeff Hannan rebound into the top of the net. Brandon Hew would put the Glades back on top when he notched a power play tally to make it 3-2. The Monarchs would score the next two goals to take a 4-3 lead into the locker room as Adam Shemansky scored a poised goal off a Ryan Carney rebound and Brooks Herrington unleashed a great wrister off the crossbar.
Three power play goals would finish the scoring for the Monarchs and Herrington would put up the first two for his first career hat trick. His third would come off a face-off and show why he is on the NHL Central Scouting ‘Players to Watch’ list as he snapped a shot off the draw that went in and out before anyone knew what had happened. Ryan Lee would end the scoring for the 7-3 win. Jacob Beeman played well for the Glades stopping 42 shots, while Brian Billet picked up his fifth straight win and made several outstanding saves in the third to solidify the victory. The Monarchs improve to 11-4-4-1 and will travel to Bay State on Saturday before hosting the Valley Warriors on Sunday. The Glades drop to 7-11-2 and will host the Jersey Hitmen on Saturday and Sunday.