(MANCHESTER, N.H.)—Marc-Andre Cliché’s hat trick really showed his ability to lead the Monarchs to another successful season, in the Manchester’s home opener against the Springfield Falcons, late Friday night. The Monarchs really showed they had made some progress since the October 2nd exhibition game against the Portland Pirates. The offense became more reliable, setting up opportunities in front of the net, and creating an overall great game.
Cliché struck late in the first period. Andrei Loktionov and Jordan Nolan fed the Monarchs’ captain a pass out in front, to make the score 2-0. Monarchs’ forward Justin Azevedo scored earlier in the period to get the Monarchs on the board. Then, fourteen seconds into the second, Cliché struck again, to make the score 2-0. At this point, Cliché had really proven his ability to lead the team. He had two points in the book already, and was steady on defense as well.
Meanwhile, Loktionov also had two points in the book, setting Cliché up on both of his goals. Cliché was awarded the number one star of the game and Loktionov was the second star.
A DAY LATE AND A DOLLAR SHORT
For the Springfield Falcons, a theme stuck throughout the night. They were late. A car accident on the highway delayed the Falcons’ arrival to the Verizon Wireless Arena, causing the game to be pushed back 50 minutes.