Monarchs Sweep Hitmen
Team earns impressive 8th 40-win season in a row
Hooksett, NH - The New Hampshire Monarchs picked up a
weekend sweep over the visiting Jersey Hitmen (5-1, 4-3) and also
notched their 8th 40-win season in a row as they earned their
40th and 41st overall wins of the year. "Truly amazing,"
commented GM/Head Coach Sean Tremblay when asked about the accomplishment.
"When you have one 40-win season you have to be really proud
of your players, but to do it consistently over an 8-year period
you have to sit back and marvel at just how many great players
you have had the fortunate pleasure of coaching. You also must
have great ownership and a staff that allow you to be successful
and I have been blessed with both."
Game one on the weekend looked like it was going to be a long
one for the Hitmen as the Monarchs came out of the gate outshooting
the Hitmen 22-4. Nick DelGallo (pictured) scored just 1:43
into the contest when he fired home a Rence Coassin/Pat Knowlton
feed. At the 13:32 mark Jeff Fanning fired a bullet pass to a
streaking Zack Joy who re-directed the puck past a helpless Mike
Hengen. Providence bound Austin Mayer would round out the first
period scoring when he took a Matt Germain (Providence) pass and
snapped one by Hengen for a 3-0 lead. Jordan Krusch also assisted
on the play.
The Hitmen would not go quietly and played a tremendous second
period as they outshot the Monarchs 14-10. James Mello would be
outstanding in goal for the Monarchs as he made many point blank
saves to keep the Hitmen off the scoreboard. Hengen would counter
at the other end as the second period would be a scoreless one.
It would not be scoreless in the third as Mark Armstrong streaked
by the Monarchs bench and let a laser go under the bar to make
it a 3-1 game just 2:43 into the final stanza. Just under three-minutes
later the two youngest players for the Monarchs would strike when
Greg Burke (UNH) found Jimmy Gaudet (Dartmouth) on the back door
and Gaudet would backhand it by Hengen for the first goal of his
junior career. Austin Mayer would finalize the game when he scored
his second of the game from linemates Germain and Burke. Mello
would finish with 29 saves, while Hengen stopped 41.
Game two of the series started out exactly like the first game
as the Monarchs would post a three-spot lead. Nick DelGallo would
score a beautiful shorthanded goal when he went top dog on the
shortside for a 1-0 lead. The Monarchs special teams would strike
again as would DelGallo as he slid a pass to Denny Kearney (Yale)
who would fake a shot and slide the puck behind his back to a
wide open Paul Thompson (UNH) who snapped it by Ross Tashjian
for a power play tally. With only 28-seconds remaining in the
first Pat Knowlton would score on a re-direct with Rence Coassin
and Lance Herrington assisting on the play. New Jersey again would
not go away and they would score two goals in the second to make
it a 3-2 game. Corey Callen would strike just 45-seconds into
the period when he fired home a Ryan Craig feed past Patrick Galbraith.
Nearly ten-minutes later Chip Mladenoff would throw a shot to
the front that would go off a couple people and sneak past Galbraith.
Tashjian would make several great saves at the other end and it
would make for an interesting third period. New Jersey rode the
momentum and came out flying in the third and Galbraith had to
make numerous key saves to keep it at 3-2. At 12:54 Eric Baier
(Providence) would fire a low shot that Nick DelGallo would tip
up over Tashjian for a 4-2 lead. Again, Jersey would not quit
and Josh Newburg batted home a rebound off a Corey Callen shot
to make it 4-3. Galbraith would hold the fort down and again make
some big league saves as the Monarchs were outshot 17-9 in the
third. Galbraith finished the game with 25 saves, while Tashjian
closed the door 27 times.
Both teams have mid-week action as the Jersey Hitmen host the
New York Applecore Wednesday at 7:15pm. The Monarchs will host
the Green Mountain Glades on Thursday afternoon at 2pm at the
Tri Town Ice Arena. The Monarchs are now 32-4-1 in the EJHL and
sit alone in 1st place and are 41-5-1 overall.