For the third time in three days the Manchester Monarchs came from behind to beat their opponent, requiring more than regulation time in each game. Manchester was able to get it done in overtime as Lauri Tukonen netted his fourth goal of the season to lift the Monarchs over the Bears.
Rookie Jeff Tambellini had two goals and an assist to help propel Manchester to the victory. Eric Fehr had a goal and two assists in the losing effort for Hershey.
The Hershey loss spoiled return of head coach Bruce Boudreau to Verizon Wireless Arena, where he was the bench boss for the Monarchs since 2001-02, the inaugural season of the franchise.
Adam Hauser made 42 saves for Manchester, whicih was outshot 47-33 for the game.
Manchester moves into a second place tie with Hartford in the Atlantic Division. Despite the loss, Hershey is still has a firm hold over second place in the East Division, as they are seven points ahead of third place Bridgeport.
On Thursday, the Monarchs scored three times in the final 4:17 of regulation en route to a 6-5 win over Springfield. Friday, the Monarchs scored twice in the final 8:26 before beating Lowell in a shootout, 5-4.
Elsewhere on Saturday:
Denis Hamel continued his late-game heroics, scoring with 32 seconds left in regulation and lifting Binghamton to a 5-4 shootout win over Philadelphia, extending the Phantoms’ winless streak to nine games… Jason Pominville‘s second hat trick of the season led Rochester past Chicago, 4-2… Jean-Francois Jacques and Duncan Milroy had two goals a piece for Hamilton in a 5-2 win over Grand Rapids… Mike Ayers stopped all 33 shots he faced for his first career AHL shutout as Syracuse blanked Albany, 3-0… Tomas Surovy recorded two goals and an assist as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton improved to 12-0-1-0 with a 6-0 win in Portland in a battle of first-place clubs… Wyatt Smith scored both goals for Bridgeport in a 2-1 win over Springfield… Grant Stevenson and Josh Prudden scored in the third period to lift Cleveland over Manitoba, 3-2… Jamie Johnson, Patrick Traverse and B.J. Crombeen had a goal and an assist each as Iowa rolled to a 5-1 win over visiting Toronto… Adam Munro made 27 saves as Norfolk knocked off Providence, 4-1… Rookies Patrick O’Sullivan and Roman Voloshenko scored in the shootout as Houston edged San Antonio, 4-3… Dwight Helminen and Craig Weller scored late third-period goals for Hartford, but Lowell salvaged a 5-4 shootout decision.