October 26. 2013 7:41PM

Monarchs sink IceCaps, 5-3

Staff report


Manchester Monarchs goalie Martin Jones poke checks St. John's Icecaps Kyle MacKinnon during the first period of the AHL game at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester Saturday.Mark Bolton/Union Leader (Mark Bolton/Union Leader)

The Manchester Monarchs held off a St. John's comeback bid for a 5-3 win at Verizon Wireless Arena Saturday afternoon.

The Monarchs are now 6-1-3 for 15 points, most in the AHL. St. John's fell to 3-4-1.

The Monarchs play at Providence Friday night before returning home to host the Bruins in the back half of a home-and-home Saturday at 7 p.m. for Canadian Heritage Night.

Manchester led 4-0 after two periods, but the IceCaps began to climb back into the game 1:59 into the final frame when Brenden Kichton's wraparound beat Martin Jones to make it 4-1.

Andrew Gordon tipped home a shot from Londonderry's Ian O'Connor at 3:32 and Kael Mouillierat's power-play goal at 5:43 made it a game at 4-3.

But Tanner Pearson scored at 17:38 to give Manchester some breathing room and the Monarchs closed out the win.

Rookie Nick Shore scored his first pro goal at 1:37 of the second period to give Manchester a 1-0 lead and start a four-goal barrage.

Linden Vey sandwiched a power-play goal around two Tyler Toffoli scores and the Monarchs led 4-0.