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Monarchs top Pirates in AHL exhibition


GOFFSTOWN — Goaltender Martin Jones backstopped the Manchester Monarchs to a 3-0 shutout of the Portland Pirates in a preseason matchup in front of 1,514 fans at Sullivan Arena on Sunday afternoon.

Manchester (2-0-0-0) finished the exhibition season undefeated. Portland (0-2-0-0) dropped both of their preseason games against the Monarchs.

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Defenseman Andrew Campbell scored at 3:13 of the first period to put the Monarchs up 1-0.

Weal picked up a power play tally at 8:14 to put the Monarchs up 2-0, and right wing Brian O’Neill scored 25 seconds after Weal’s tally for his first goal of exhibition play.
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Jones (1-0-0) earned his first shutout of the preseason by stopping all 24 shots he faced. Lee (0-1-0) took the loss with 24 saves on 27 shots.
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