Matsumoto scores 10th in 3-1 loss

Manchester Monarchs at Worcester Sharks
DCU Center
January 18, 2013
Meeting 8 of 12 vs. the Monarchs
Sharks are 5-3-0-0 vs. the Monarchs this season

Matsumoto scores 10th in 3-1 loss
Jon Matsumoto scored the Sharks lone goal in the first period

Worcester, MA– The Worcester Sharks (19-16-1-3, 42pts) fell to the division rival Manchester Monarchs (18-17-2-2, 40pts) 3-1 on Friday evening in front of 3,437 fans at the DCU Center.

Jon Matsumoto (10th) scored for the Sharks just 1:30 into the game, but Linden Vey (9th), Jordan Weal (4th), and Tyler Toffoli (19th) responded with three unanswered goals for Manchester to secure a 3-1 victory. Martin Jones was outstanding in net for the Monarchs, stopping 28 of the 29 shots that he faced in the game. Harri Sateri took the loss in net for Worcester, stopping 17 of Manchester’s 20 shots.

Worcester’s Jimmy Bonneau (5th FM) and Manchester’s Andy Andreoff (6th FM) dropped the gloves at the opening draw, with Bonneau scoring the win in the bout. Andreoff received a three game suspension from the AHL after the two teams last met for a hit on Worcester’s Curt Gogol. The Sharks fed off of that momentum. Just a minute and a half later, Daniil Tarasov found Jon Matsumoto (10th) in the neutral zone, who went in on a breakaway and beat Manchester’s Martin Jones, giving Worcester a 1-0 lead. At 9:02 of the first period, Bonneau (6th FM) dropped the gloves again for his second fight of the game, this time with Justin Johnson (2nd FM), but not many punched connected.

After even play for a good part of the second period, the Monarchs were able to even the score at 7:33. Linden Vey (9th) curled out of the corner and threw a wrist shot on net that beat Harri Sateri short side, evening the game 1-1. Sharks forward Yanni Gourde had a number of quality chances in the second period, but couldn’t bury one past Martin Jones. The Sharks outshot the Monarchs 12-7 in the period.

The Monarchs took the lead at 7:27 of the third on a greasy goal, when Jordan Weal (4th) stuffed a rebound under the pads of Worcester goaltender Harri Sateri in heavy traffic, giving Manchester a 2-1 lead. The Monarchs added an insurance goal with 1:12 left in regulation, when Eastern Conference All-Star Tyler Toffoli (19th) received a nice feed all alone in the slot and made no mistake about it, burying it past Harri Sateri to make it 3-1. The Sharks pulled Sateri late, but they were unable to cut into the deficit.

The Sharks overall record falls to 19-16-1-3 (42pts in 39gp) and 8-7-1-2 (19pts in 18gp) at home this season.

Notes: FIVE GUYS BURGERS Three Stars: 3rd star: Yanni Gourde (4 shots) 2nd star: Jordan Weal (1-0-1, GWG) 1st star: Martin Jones (28 saves, win)… Final shots were 29-20 in favor of Worcester… Martin Jones made 28 saves on 29 shots for Manchester… Harri Sateri made 17 saves on 20 shots for Worcester…. Worcester went 0-for-2 on the power play while Manchester went 0-for-1…Taylor Doherty (inj), Sena Acolatse (inj), Danny Groulx (inj), Tim Kennedy (inj), James Sheppard (SJ), Nick Petrecki (SJ), Matt Irwin (SJ), John McCarthy (SJ), Matt Pelech (SJ), Bracken Kearns (SJ), Mike Brennan (inj), and Curt Gogol (inj) did not dress for Worcester…Tommy Grant played in his first game for the Worcester Sharks and wore #17…Jimmy Bonneau recorded his 5th and 6th fighting majors in the game…Jon Matsumoto is the second Sharks player to reach double-digit goals this season…With an assist, Daniil Tarasov has recorded at least a point in each of his last two games.

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