April 19, 2013 7:28 pm

Manchester beats Binghamton; AHL race tightens

Tanner Pearson, Linden Vey and Tyler Toffoli accounted for all four points recorded by the Manchester Monarchs in a 2-1 road win over the Binghamton Senators Friday night at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena.

After falling behind 1-0 4:06 into the game, Pearson answered with his 16th goal of the season two minutes and 38 seconds later, with Vey and Toffoli providing the assists. Vey scored an unassisted goal that served as the game-winner 26 seconds into the third period. It was his 22nd goal of the season.

It was the Monarchs’ fifth consecutive win.

By virtue of Norfolk’s 6-1 loss to Syracuse, Connecticut’s 3-2 loss to Albany, and Hershey’s 2-1 win over Adirondack, the seventh through 10th place teams in the Eastern Conference are now tied with 79 points. By virtue of a 3-1 loss to Portland, Bridgeport’s playoff hopes ended.

Two of the following four teams will make the playoffs. Manchester, Norfolk and Hershey have two games remaining, while Connecticut has one game remaining. The only head-to-head game between any of the team’s is Sunday’s Manchester-Hershey game, which will take place at the Giant Center in Hershey, PA.

7 ) Norfolk Admirals (Anaheim) / 79 points / SAT: @ Albany / SUN: @ Providence
8 ) Manchester Monarchs (LA) / 79 points / SAT: @ Scranton Wilkes-Barre / SUN: @ Hershey
9 ) Hershey Bears (Washington) / 79 points / SAT: @Binghamton / vs Manchester
10 ) Connecticut Whale (NY Rangers) / 79 points / SAT: @ Portland

Click here for up to date AHL standings.

From the AHL site:

Following are the tiebreaking procedures used in the event of a tie in points in the standings, regardless of division, following the completion of the regular season. (Prior to the end of the regular season, the team with fewer games played is ranked higher in the event of a tie in points.) When a tie among three or more teams is broken resulting in a two-team tie, the original tiebreaking method is used.

Between two teams:
a) wins (excluding shootouts)
b) points in season series between teams
c) goal differential
d) goals scored in season series between teams
e) intra-conference points percentage

Among three or more teams:
a) wins (excluding shootouts)
b) points percentage in combined season series
c) goal differential
d) goal differential in combined season series
e) intra-conference points percentage

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