Monarchs Weekly ReportOctober 18, 2010 - American Hockey League (AHL) Manchester Monarchs
Vs. Providence (10/16): Rookie right wing Brandon Kozun dazzled the hometown crowd with two goals, including a penalty shot tally, as the Manchester Monarchs sent the Providence Bruins packing with a 5-2 victory in the Home Opener in front of 9,035 fans at the Verizon Wireless Arena on Saturday night. Center Corey Elkins, left wing David Meckler and left wing Dwight King also scored for the Monarchs. Center Jamie Arniel and left wing Jordan LaVallee-Smotherman lit the lamp for the Bruins. Monarchs goaltender Jeff Zatkoff (1-1-0) earned his first win of the season stopping 28-of-30 shots. Bruins netminder Nolan Schaefer (0-1-1) took his first regulation loss of the season recording 34 saves on 38 shots. Manchester was 2-for-2 on the power play. Providence was 1-for-4 with the man advantage.
Vs. Springfield (10/17):
Defenseman Cody Goloubef scored the game-winning goal at 10:18 of the second period as the Springfield Falcons defeated the Manchester Monarchs, 3-1, at the Verizon Wireless Arena on Sunday afternoon. Left wing Ray Kaunisto scored his first professional goal; the lone goal for the Monarchs. Center Trevor Frischmon and forward Tyler Murovich added to Goloubef's game-winning goal for Springfield. Monarchs goaltender Erik Ersberg (1-1-0) drew his first loss of the season, stopping 23-of-26 shots. Falcons goaltender Dan Taylor (2-2-0) secured his second win of the season, halting 34-of-35 shots on goal. Manchester was 0-for-2 on the power play. Springfield was 0-for-3 with the man advantage.
MONARCHS NEWS & NOTES
Manchester (2-2-0-0) is tied for fourth place in the Atlantic Division with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (2-3-0-0) with four points each. The Portland Pirates lead the Atlantic Division with eight points (4-1-0-0), followed by the Hartford Wolf Pack (3-1-0-1) with seven points and the Springfield Falcons (3-3-0-0) with six points. The Worcester Sharks (1-2-0-1) and the Providence Bruins (1-3-0-1) are tied for sixth place in the division with three points each.
Manchester extended their record to 6-4 in Home Openers at the Verizon Wireless Arena with a 5-2 victory over Providence on Saturday night.
Monarchs Home Opener History
November 16, 2001, 3-1 win over the Lowell Lock Monsters
October 11, 2002, 7-3 loss to the Lowell Lock Monsters
October 10, 2003, 3-2 loss to the Worcester IceCats
October 15, 2004, 5-2 win over the Worcester IceCats
October 15, 2005, 3-2 overtime win over the Springfield Falcons
October 7, 2006, 5-4 shootout win over the Worcester Sharks
October 6, 2007, 2-1 loss to the Providence Bruins
October 18, 2008, 2-1 loss to the Lowell Devils
October 17, 2009, 4-0 win over the Portland Pirates
October 16, 2010, 5-2 win over the Providence Bruins
Right wing Brandon Kozun (2-1=3) made his Verizon Wireless Arena debut a good one as he picked up his first two professional goals in Saturday's 5-2 win over the Bruins. Kozun's first goal was on a penalty shot, the first one of the season for Manchester. He beat Providence goaltender Nolan Schaefer with a backhand shot.
Saturday's victory featured two penalty shots that were awarded to the Monarchs, the first time in franchise history for two penalty shots to be awarded in the same game. Kozun capitalized on his shot which was awarded to the Monarchs when a Bruins defenseman covered the puck with his hand in the crease. Center Justin Azevedo was denied five-hole on his attempt after he was pulled down on a breakaway.
Left wing David Meckler picked up his third goal of the season, the game-winner, in Saturday's win to lead Manchester's scorers with five points (3-2=5) in the first four games of the season.
Left wing Dwight King's three game goal (three) and point (3-1=4) streaks ended on Sunday when he was held off the scoreboard. He had three goals and four points (3-1=4) in the first three games of the season.
Right wing John Zeiler leads the Monarchs in assists with four helpers in the first four games. His assist streak (four assists) was snapped on Sunday when he was held off the scoreboard.
Defenseman Alec Martinez (0-2=2) leads the team in the plus/minus category with a plus-4 rating.
Center Oscar Moller (0-3=3) is tied with Kozun and defenseman David Kolomatis (0-2=2) for fourth place on the Monarchs roster with three points each.
Center Corey Elkins (2-0=2), left wing Bud Holloway (0-2=2), left wing Rich Clune (1-1=2) and Martinez (0-2=2) are tied for seventh place on the team with two points each.
Left wing Ray Kaunisto made his professional debut on Saturday and scored his first professional goal in Sunday's 3-1 loss to the Falcons.
Goaltender Jeff Zatkoff picked up his first win of the season stopping 28-of-30 shots in the Monarchs 5-2 win over the Bruins on Saturday. Zatkoff has a record of 1-1-0 with a 3.51 goals-against-average and a .865 save percentage in two games this season.
Goaltender Erik Ersberg has a record of 1-1-0 in his first two games of the season along with a 2.02 goals-against-average and a .926 save percentage.
Sunday Fundays - Join the Monarchs at every Sunday home game this season for a Mini-Plaza Party at the Verizon Wireless Arena from 1:00-2:30 p.m. The Monarchs will also be giving away custom Silly Bandz to kids on Sundays! The next Sunday Funday is Sunday, October 24 when the Monarchs host the Charlotte Checkers at 3:00 p.m.
10/16/10: The Los Angeles Kings (NHL) assigned left wing Ray Kaunisto to the Manchester Monarchs (AHL).
10/13/10: The Manchester Monarchs (AHL) assigned defenseman Johan Fransson to SKA St. Petersburg (KHL).
10/12/10: The Los Angeles Kings (NHL) assigned defenseman Viatcheslav Voynov to the Manchester Monarchs (AHL).
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