Diamonds and Ice


Former RoughRider Purcell has big night
Former Cedar Rapids RoughRiders forward Teddy Purcell had a pair of goals and two assists to help the Manchester Monarchs to a 6-2 win over Lake Erie in American Hockey League action Saturday night.
Purcell, 23, has 15 goals and 19 assists in 34 games for Manchester, the top farm club of the Los Angeles Kings. The right winger spent 17 games this season with the Kings, scoring a goal and adding six assists.
You’ve got to figure he’ll see some more time with Los Angeles before this season is over.
Here’s a summary of Manchester’s game last night. Notice that Lake Erie has a player whose last name is Snowball. That’s awesome!!
MANCHESTER 6, LAKE ERIE 2
Manchester allowed the game’s first two goals before scoring six unanswered en route to a 6-2 win over visiting Lake Erie at the Verizon Wireless Arena.

Two-time AHL All-Star Teddy Purcell tallied two goals and added two assists for the Monarchs, who won their third straight game and moved to 5-1-0-0 in their last six outings.

The Monsters initially took a 2-0 lead in the first period on Robert Snowball’s first career AHL goal and a shorthanded marker by Tom Fritsche.

Purcell cut the Monarchs’ deficit to 2-1 with a power play score before the opening frame was out, and captain Marty Murray tallied the equalizer just 10 seconds into the second, with Purcell picking up an assist. Murray now has a point in six of his last seven games (4-8-12).

Purcell’s second power play goal of the night at 1:44 gave Manchester the lead for good. Marc-Andre Cliche, Kevin Westgarth, and Richard Clune added third-period markers to account for the final margin.

With his four-point effort, Purcell extended his scoring streak to seven games (6-8-14).

Scott Parse and defenseman Alec Martinez each posted two assists apiece in the win, and goaltender Daniel Taylor made 20 saves between the pipes.

Lake Erie has now lost four straight contests.

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