Bernier records 3rd shutout, Monarchs tie AHL series with 1-0 victory over Bears

MANCHESTER, N.H. – Jonathan Bernier recorded his third shutout of the American Hockey League playoffs to lead the Manchester Monarchs to a 1-0 victory over the Hershey Bears on Tuesday.

Manchester’s win tied the best-of-seven Eastern Conference final at two games apiece with Game 5 scheduled for Thursday in Manchester.

“The margin of error is so slim. It’s nice to see some puck luck,” said Monarchs coach Mark Morris. “We haven’t had much of that in the past. We’re going to try to notch another win in our home rink on Thursday.”

Monarchs winger Dwight King scored the game’s lone goal—and his second of the playoffs—at the 9:11 mark of the second period after centre Andrei Loktionov collected the loose puck in the right corner. The centre circled around the bottom of the face-off circle and found Bud Holloway in the high slot, who blasted a shot at Hershey netminder Michal Neuvirth. King got a piece of the floating puck and redirected it into the net.

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Bernier (10-4) collected his 10th victory of the playoffs, stopping all 18 shots on goal. Neuvirth (8-2) drew his second loss of the post-season, stopping 25-of-26 shots.

Manchester went 0-for-5 on the power play. Hershey was 0-for-3 with the man advantage.