Justin Azevedo’s shorthanded goal snapped a 3-3 tie to power the Manchester Monarchs to a 6-3 victory over the hometown Senators in AHL Calder Cup playoff action Tuesday night in Binghamton.The win gives the Monarchs a commanding 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference playoff.Game five is Wednesday in Binghamton.After Ryan Potulny pulled the Ottawa Senators farm team even with a goal seven minutes into the third period, Manchester exploded for three goals in the next four minutes to put a dagger into the Baby Sens playoff hopes.Six different Monarchs shared in the scoring.Nelson native Geoff Kinrade, a defenceman in his second season with Binghamton, finished the game a plus one with no points. Binghamton finished the game out shooting the Monarchs 38-26, including 16-10 in the third period.
VICTOR ESPINOZA, GORMLEY, WINNER: “I was really surprised. Like anything you go into it with a plan, but when that gate opens, everything can change. I originally wanted to take back a little bit and let him run in the end but next thing I know, something happened to the three horse (Secret House, who broke from the gate without rider Santiago Gonzalez and declared a non-starter.) I was on the rail and didn’t want to take him back then, so I let him run. This horse can run well wherever he runs. He’s a very talented young horse and he’s going to improve for the future.” NOTES: Owners Jerry and Ann Moss reside in Beverly Hills. BOB BAFFERT, KLIMT, SECOND: (BEATEN FAVORITE): “He got pretty far back early, and that gave him a lot to do. He just didn’t fire away from the gate, didn’t break like we were hoping he would. But he ran a good race – he closed. We know he can handle the distance. This will sharpen him for the next one. I think he got a lot out of it today. He got a lot of dirt in his face and handled it pretty well. The quality is there – it just needs to come out of him.” -30- TRAINER QUOTES STEWARD GRANT BAKER, REGARDING FULL REFUND OF ALL MONIES WAGERED ON #3 SECRET HOUSE, WHO WAS RIDDEN BY SANTIAGO GONZALEZ: “”The horse moved forward and crowded the front portion of the starting gate and then Gonzalez stepped off.“This was a little bit different than what happened at Los Alamitos (last Sunday, when Gonzalez stepped off a horse in the day’s third race). We are going to have him into the office tomorrow morning to discuss this. Because he stepped off, we felt a refund was in order.” JOHN SHIRREFFS, GORMLEY, WINNER: “You know, it’s always a surprise as you well know. You train in the morning and you hope they can improve in the afternoon. You don’t ever know until the afternoon. After you’ve won your first race you settle in and you just move on. He’s a young horse, he’s learning. He needs to focus a little bit and once he gets focused he’s got it handled. He looks like a million bucks, he’s a beautiful horse and he’s doing really well. I like that when he got into that big gear he has, he didn’t get too excited for a young horse and today he was all business.” JOCKEY QUOTES