ST. JOHNS, N.L. -- So much for starting the new year on a good note. The Manchester Monarchs added to St. Johns misery Friday night by defeating the IceCaps 3-2 in their first American Hockey League game of 2013. The IceCaps find themselves in 11th place in the Eastern Conference, while having also played more games than every other team, including six more games than the 12th-place Albany Devils. Head coach Keith McCambridge said the game was more of the same for the IceCaps this season. "Always some piece missing, whether its a guy off the back-end, whether its a line, whether its a D-pair, always something that seems to be missing this season," said McCambridge. "Thats frustrating. Just not enough there." Tyler Toffoli scored two goals in the first period, Andrei Loktionov added a goal and Linden Vey had two assists for the Monarchs (15-15-4). St. Johns (15-19-1) had goals from Spencer Machacek and Ray Sawada. The Monarchs got out to a quick start, completely dominating the first five minutes of the game for a 2-0 lead. The first goal came at 2:02 on what seemed like a harmless play. Toffoli fired a wrist shot from near the blue-line that somehow found its way into the IceCaps net. Toffolis second goal came at 4:57, and came too easily when he was set up just to the side of the IceCaps goal and received a pass from behind the net that he buried. It appeared the first period would be all Manchester, until Machacek added a goal 16 minutes into the period. Machaceks goal followed a few hard-working shifts for St. Johns, and the goal itself was a result of a gritty play. Machacek swung in front of the net to jump onto a loose puck after Monarchs goaltender Martin Jones gave up a big rebound. Machacek put the puck top-shelf to give St. Johns some life. Machacek said knows the team has to be better coming out of the gate. "First, we have to come out better, thats the big thing here. We havent been home for a long time, and you know, we should be fired up to come out here. We came out flat and thats unacceptable," he said. The second period was a quiet one, which suited the IceCaps, who have generally had a tough time with second periods this season. Loktionov opened the third period scoring for the Monarchs with a goal at 9:21, finishing off a cross-crease pass from Dwight King for the insurance goal. Sawada scored to bring the IceCaps within one at 18:22 with the St. Johns net empty. "You have to play 60 minutes in this league to win games, especially with us right now, and every team is a good team," said Machacek. "If you dont play a full 60 minutes, youre probably not going to get the outcome you want." The loss was even more painful as the Monarchs are also in the Atlantic division, and currently sitting three points ahead of St. Johns for ninth place in the conference. The fact that the two teams are divisional rival made the loss sting even more, according to McCambridge. "We knew how important this game is, we know that were in a fight here with this team," he said. "Those are two points that you dont want to look back at the end of the season and feel like you let them slip away." Martin Jones finished with 32 saves for Manchester while Eddie Pasquale stopped 26 shots. http://www.nhlblackhawkshockeyshop.com/Red-Marian-Hossa-Jersey/
. Brady Brassart scored twice for the Hitmen (8-3-1), who have won five of their past six contests, while Josh Thrower added an empty-net goal late in the third period. Ryan Pilon, Remi Laurencelle and Giorgio Estephan scored for the Hurricanes (2-10-1), who are last in the WHL standings. http://www.nhlblackhawkshockeyshop.com/
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. TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com said the 27-year-old has arrived in New Jersey from his native Switzerland and will be on the ice with the club on Tuesday.MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Centre Przemek Karnowskis height advantage helped No. 20 Gonzaga overcome its worst shooting performance of the season. The sophomore scored a season-high 19 points, Kevin Pangos added 18 and the Bulldogs came from 10 points down to beat West Virginia 80-76 on Tuesday night. A 7-foot-1 native of Poland, Karnowski had his way against West Virginias undersized front court, which doesnt have a player over 6-10. Karnowski made 6 of 11 field goals and matched a career high with 13 rebounds for the second double-double of his career. "The guys were finding me," Karnowski said. "I had great passes, I just had to finish them." A 48 per cent free-throw shooter, Karnowski went 7 of 8 from the line. And he had just one foul called on him after spending half of his games in foul trouble, including fouling out twice. "We knew coming in that we had a size advantage," Gonzaga coach Mark Few said. "Pzem did a good job in traffic and finished some plays. The best thing that he did tonight was rebound, because any team that (West Virginias Bob Huggins) coaches is tough and they are going to fight you on the glass." Gonzaga (9-1) held a 43-36 rebound advantage. Eron Harris led the Mountaineers (6-4) with 23 points, but he had just five points in the second half. Juwan Staten added 17 points and Terry Henderson had 15 for West Virginia. "We did a much better job on Harris in the second half," Few said. "He was lighting us up in the first half." The Bulldogs entered the game with the nations best field goal percentage at 54.9 but were held to 44.3 per cent (27 of 61) in their first game on an opponents court this season. Their previous worst was 48.1 per cent in a Nov. 25 loss to Dayton in the Maui Invitational. Gonzaga haas won five straight games since.dddddddddddd Gary Bell Jr. added 15 points and Sam Dower scored 11 for the Bulldogs. As tough as Karnowski was to stop, so too was Pangos down the stretch. After going 3 of 10 from the field in the first half, the junior went 4 of 7 after halftime. Pangos had 11 points in the final 6 minutes as Gonzaga rallied from down 53-43, its only double-digit deficit this season. "Kevin kept at it," Dower said. "He didnt give up. He was persistent. He hit some really big 3s and thats what he does. We knew it was coming sooner or later. That lifted up the teams morale as well, and got everybody going." West Virginia failed to seize on an opportunity to pad its resume and get its first win over a marquee opponent. West Virginia lost in the past two weeks to No. 4 Wisconsin and Missouri. The Mountaineers were held to one field goal over a 7-minute stretch late in the game. "I think the whole thing started when we didnt get back on defence," Huggins said. "We are so close to being pretty good, but at the same time, we are so far away." West Virginia had just five turnovers but was held to its second-worst shooting performance of the season at 37.3 per cent (25 of 67). The Mountaineers have lost 13 straight times to ranked opponents. Pangos hit a 3-pointer with 4:09 left to give Gonzaga the lead for good, 68-66. It was the Bulldogs first lead of the second half. Pangos made two more wide-open 3-pointers over the next 2 minutes and Bell made two free throws with 1:52 left to give Gonzaga its largest lead, 76-68. After Pangos was called for a charge into Harris, Staten hit a basket with 51 seconds left to pull West Virginia within 76-74. But the Mountaineers didnt score another field goal the rest of the game. ' ' '