Toffoli-less Monarchs lose to Zatkoff in shootout


Former Monarch Zatkoff makes a save with Toffoli looking on (11/2012)
Photo: Scott Slingsby

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By Paul Armbruster • •

In what would prove to be his final game in the AHL before making his first leap to the NHL, Tyler Toffoli helped the Monarchs get a 4-3 win on Friday night over the Portland Pirates. The victory kept the club in a playoff spot for a day. Toffoli helped overcome a 3 goal deficit by tying the game in the 3rd period before the game was finally won in overtime.

Per a Monarchs press release:

“This was an unlikely comeback,” said Monarchs Head Coach Mark Morris. “We were listless in the first period. Nothing went our way and it would’ve been easy to concede Portland the game. We came out with more jump in the second and carried the play from that point on. Credit our players with a gutsy effort and finding a way to beat the odds. The guys dug deep and they should feel good about two points. It was a character builder for sure.”

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Cut to today,when it was revealed Toffoli wouldn’t be suiting up for the Monarchs game against former teammate Jeff Zatkoff, who now resides with the Scranton Penguins. A Toffoli-less Monarchs didn’t miss a beat, going up on the Penguins 3-0 halfway through the game with goals from prospects Kozun, Legein and Czarnik. but the Pens scored 2 of their own in the 2nd, tightening the gap 3-2 heading into the 3rd.

Andreoff put the Monarchs ahead by 2 once again before the Pens scored 2 more, tying the game with under five to play, gaining the momentum they would need to close the deal in the shootout. Former Kings prospect Jeff Zatkoff shut down Weal, Andreoff, Kozun and Yellow Horn, earning the victory. Linden Vey, who had 3 assists on the night, earned the 2nd star of the game.

Per a Monarchs press release:

“The outcome is a disappointment because we had a three-goal lead,” said Monarchs Head Coach Mark Morris. “We should have had this one in our grasp. Turnovers aloud a tired team to stay in the game. Injuries are mounting and we were exposed in areas that we are inexperienced.”

The Monarchs are back in action when they host the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at the Verizon Wireless Arena on Friday, March 15 at 7:00 p.m. 

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