Holloway and Bernier Do It Again
Holloway's game winner and Bernier's shutout lead Monarchs to 3-2 series lead
|Holloway tied the AHL record for game-winning goals in the Monarchs 1-0 win on Wednesday night.|
“Every sport has specialty players,” said Monarchs Head Coach Mark Morris in reference to Holloway tying the AHL’s game-winning goal record. “(Holloway) is hitting his stride right now and he’s really grown this season.
“For the most part, we kept (Worcester) to the outside and the quality chances they had, Bernier was stellar. We played hard as a team. It should be a dandy game next time the puck drops.”
The Monarchs scored the first goal of the game for the fourth time in the five games thus far in this series. Holloway netted his team-leading sixth goal of the post-season at 13:11 of the opening period. Right wing John Zeiler directed the puck along the left wing boards to center Gabe Gauthier behind the Sharks cage. Gauthier found Holloway all alone in the slot for a one-timer that beat Sharks netminder Alex Stalock and snuck inside the left post for the 1-0 advantage.
Bernier (7-2) earned his second shutout of the playoffs with 30 saves. Stalock (6-4) took his fourth post-season loss with 24 saves on 25 shots.
Manchester went 0-for-5 on the power play. Worcester was 0-for-2 with the man advantage.
NOTABLES: Manchester improves their playoff record in game five situations to 3-4…The Monarchs have scored the first goal of the game in 7-of-9 games during this season’s playoffs…Left wing Bud Holloway stretches his point streak to nine games; he has 10 points (6-4=10)…Holloway ties the AHL record for game-winning goals in a playoff season with six this post-season; his record is tied with right wing Darren Haydar who collected six game-winning goals during the 2006 Calder Cup playoffs with the Milwaukee Admirals…Goaltender Jonathan Bernier earned his second shutout of the playoffs which ties him with netminder Adam Hauser for the most shutouts in a Monarchs playoff season with two.