Manchester, NH, April 12, 2013 – Tanner Pearson had the game-winning goal and an assist, and Brandon Kozun added a goal and an assist, to lead the Manchester Monarchs to a 3-1 victory over the Connecticut Whale Friday night at the Verizon Wireless Arena.
Cam Talbot made 42 saves for the Whale, who were outshot 45-20 in the game, and Chris Kreider had the only Connecticut goal.
The Whale are now 35-29-5-3 on the season and remain at 78 points and in seventh place in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Connecticut is still three points ahead of Hershey, which lost 3-2 in Providence, but is now only one point up on Norfolk, which moved into eighth with a 4-3 win at Worcester.
Manchester had the better of the play for much of the first period, and Talbot was forced to be sharp. Monarch captain Marc-Andre Cliché rang a shot of the goalpost on Talbot’s stick side near the 11:30 mark, and Talbot robbed Kozun with a glove save at 12:41, as Kozun tried to roof a rebound.