JOHN’S, NL – Derek Forbort scored twice in the first period, helping the Monarchs to a 4-1 win over St. John’s on Saturday night at the Mile One Center.
The Monarchs (38-15-6-2) earned five of a possible six points in three games against St. John’s (29-27-6-2) this week. They finished the year with a 2-1-2-0 record at the Mile One Centre.
It was Forbort’s second multi-goal game of the season with the other coming on Nov. 15 against Providence.
J.F. Berube earned his AHL-leading 29th win of the year, making 24 saves.
Manchester took a 1-0 lead 6:42 into the first period when Forbort beat Connor Hellebuyck with a shot from the slot.
Forbort picked up his second goal of the period at 15:20 in the first. Brian O’Neill and Nic Dowd earned assists on the goal.
Sean Backman scored on a loose rebound at 19:18 in the first to give the Monarchs a 3-0 lead.
J.C. Lipon put St. John’s on the board at 3:25 in the second with his third goal of the season.
Manchester regained the three-goal advantage less than two minutes later when Vincent LoVerde scored from the blue line. It was his ninth goal of the season and second in as many games.
The Monarchs play next on Friday with a 7:05 p.m. game at Providence. The team returns home with a 7 p.m. game against St. John’s on Saturday.
- Sean Backman’s goal was his fifth goal in his last four games beginning on Mar. 8.
- Vincent LoVerde (goal) has scored goals in each of his last two games, the first time in his AHL career scoring in consecutive games.
- Brian O’Neill (2 assists) recorded his 18th multi-point game of the season. He has at least one point in six of his last seven games beginning on Mar. 1 with three goals and eight assists in that time.
- The Monarchs improved to 29-0-0-1 this season when leading after two periods.