action:article | category:SPORTS0702 | adString:SPORTS0702 | zoneID:40

Home » Sports » Hockey » Monarchs

November 05. 2013 10:44PM

Ian Clark's On Hockey: Monarchs' Pearson steps up when needed most

MANCHESTER -- FACING a two-game series with two of their top scorers headed west to join the parent club in Los Angeles, the Manchester Monarchs needed someone to step up.

Even though it was his linemates Linden Vey and Tyler Toffoli who had been called up, Tanner Pearson answered the bell with a goal and three assists to lead the Monarchs to two wins over Providence this past weekend.

“No doubt he had to be feeling a little left out of that group that got called up,” Monarchs head coach Mark Morris said of Pearson. “But to his credit, he really brought his ‘A’ game, and I think those are two of the strongest games that anyone has played for us this year on the offensive side of things. He was dominant on the puck and made a lot of clever plays.”

Pearson, who has six goals and five assists for the season, played on the right wing with Andy Andreoff and rookie Nick Shore. Normally a left wing, Pearson said the adjustment was a little different for him, but he settled in quickly.

As for not getting called up to L.A., Pearson knows that patience is the key. Toffoli had a strong showing in the playoffs with the Kings last season, and Vey had a strong training camp.

“Toff put in his time last year and Veysey has played two years in the league here. I’m patiently waiting for that call, and we’ll see what happens,” Pearson said. “When guys get called up, you don’t want to be the guy who looks like you get all your points off those two. That was a big weekend in that aspect. I think I succeeded.”

Morris agreed, calling Pearson’s weekend something other players can look to for inspiration.

“He really competed hard, and I think that says a lot about him and his pride, and I think he set a good example for the other guys,” Morris said. “If you’re going to get opportunities, you have to prove you belong, and those are the types of efforts that get you the recognition you’re looking for. His presence on that line elevated both (Shore and Andreoff), and they had strong games as well. That’s exactly what you would hope would happen.”

The wins also accounted for four big points in the standings. Manchester leads the AHL with 19 points at 8-1-3. An Atlantic Division rival, Providence fell to 4-4-2 for 10 points. It still may be early, but points against division foes are always huge.

Manchester not only dominated with a combined score of 9-3 in the two wins over the Bruins, but also improved to 4-0-0 against them this season.

“The AHL is a funny league,” Morris said. “You have to stay healthy and learn to adapt. Thus far, we’ve been able to find our way. The margin for wins and losses is very slim. Timely goals and good goaltending have given us the spot we’re in right now.”

______

LONDONDERRY’S Ian O’Connor, who had been with St. John’s, was re-signed this week along with defenseman Chris Huxley. Both finished last season in Manchester.

“The addition of Chris Huxley and Ian O’Connor brings us two familiar faces that were a part of our late-season run last year,” Morris said. “When you can add guys of that character to your lineup and guys of that quality, it’s a much smoother transition. They’re a little bit older, but they’re great team players. When you have call-ups, these guys help to fill that void, and they do a great job of it.”

______

THE MONARCHS make the first of two road trips to Newfoundland this weekend, playing at St. John’s Friday and Saturday nights ( 6 p.m.). The IceCaps are in second place in the Atlantic at 5-6-1 for 11 points.

“It’s a long trip. It’s a great hockey atmosphere in St. John’s,” Morris said. “The entire community supports the team, and it’s a way of life in that city. No matter where you go, you see their logo and their pride in their hockey.”

______

MORRIS is two wins away from 300 as a professional coach. He would become the first coach ever to log 300 wins at the pro and college levels.

Morris was head coach at Clarkson University for 14 years, racking up 306 wins.

Following the road trip, the Monarchs will host Norfolk at 10 a.m. next Wednesday in the annual education game before visiting Portland Friday and then hosting Norfolk once again on Saturday, Nov. 16, for “Mullets in Movember.”

Ian Clark covers pro hockey for the New Hampshire Union Leader and Sunday News. His email address is iclark@unionleader.com.


 NH Sports Angle more
Links to news and happenings around the world of sports with a Granite State connection, updated daily.

Hollis-Brookline head football coach resigns unexpectedly

New owners for Waukewan Golf Club

Matches announced for USA v. Cuba clash at Rockingham Park this weekend

Boston Marathon victim Jeff Baumann throws out the first pitch prior to the start of a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Fenway Park last year.

Service's creed on display in support of airman affected by Boston bombing

40-year-old Manchester mechanical engineer wins MMA decision

New Hampshire Motor Speedway touts viability of casino site in Loudon

USA Knockouts Tamed in Cuba

U.S., Cuba boxers clash in Havana, U.S. bouts set for Rockingham Park in Salem

Lee USA Speedway opens season April 13

Newmarket woman plans world-record cross-country run for charity

CHIP KELLY

Is Chip Kelly racist?

World Series of Boxing event moved to Rockingham Park - USA vs. Cuba

Manchester man in top 30 candidates for Padres public address announcer

NH man helps MLB players deal with stresses on, off the field

Review of the 2014 Toronto Blue Jays Minor League Handbook

New Hampshire Motor Speedway may run Sprint Cup race in 2015 under the lights

How Boston lost the Patriots and 'New England' grabbed the NFL's 'Gold Standard'

Twin State Speedway gets new manager

Yale promotes former UNH coach to offensive coordinator

Bulldogs sign UNH's Nick Sorkin

Flyers Notes: Flyers sign speedy New Hampshire forward

Tom Duvall of Durham to compete for Navy in NCAA swimming events

Positive thoughts motivate more exercise says UNH study

Milestone run for New Hampshire runner

$2.1M raised for UNH football stadium so far

MORE

 New Hampshire Events Calendar
    

    SHARE EVENTS FOR PUBLICATION, IT'S FREE!

Upcoming Events

 New Hampshire Business Directory

  

    ADD YOUR BUSINESS TODAY!