April 11, 2011 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Manchester Monarchs
LAST WEEKâS HIGHLIGHTS
@ Portland (4/6): Center Luke Adamâs goal at 4:29 of the overtime period was the Manchester Monarchs demise as the Portland Pirates took the two points with a 6-5 victory on Wednesday evening at the Cumberland County Civic Center. Right wing Bud Holloway, defenseman David Kolomatis, defenseman Patrick Mullen, defenseman Viatcheslav Voynov and center John Zeiler scored for Manchester. Centers Paul Byron and Luke Adam recorded two goals apiece for the Pirates, with left wings Colin Stuart and Derek Whitmore also potting a goal each in the winning effort. Monarchs goaltender Jeff Zatkoff (20-16-5) dropped his 16th decision of the season, halting 29-of-35 shots on goal. Portland netminder Jeff Jakaitis (5-3-0) picked up his fifth victory of the season, stopping 27-of-32 shots on net. Manchester went 3-for-6 on the power play. Portland was 4-for-5 with the man advantage.
vs. Adirondack (4/8): Right wing Brandon Kozun recorded two goals to lift the Manchester Monarchs to a 4-1 victory over the Adirondack Phantoms at the Verizon Wireless Arena on Friday evening. In addition to Kozunâs two goals, defenseman Patrick Mullen and center John Zeiler both scored for the second straight contest. Right wing Mike Testwuide picked up Adirondackâs lone goal of the game. Monarchs netminder Martin Jones (23-12-1) collected his 23rd win of the season, halting 32-of-33 shots on goal. Adirondack goaltender Johan Backlund (9-18-3) drew his 18th loss of the season, stopping 30-of-33 shots on net. Manchester went 0-for-3 on the power play. Adirondack went 0-for-4 with the man advantage.
@ Providence (4/10): The Manchester Monarchs fought to the bitter end but dropped the last game of the 2010-11 regular season, 3-2, to the Providence Bruins at the Dunkinâ Donuts Center on Sunday evening. Center Tyler Toffoli scored his first professional goal alongside Voynovâs 15th of the season for Manchesterâs two goals of the game. Defenseman Yuri Alexandrov, center Ryan Spooner and forward Carter Camper scored for the Bruins in their season finale. Monarchs goaltender Jeff Zatkoff (20-17-5) took his 17th loss of the season, stopping 27-of-30 shots on goal. Bruins goaltender Anton Khudobin (28-16-2) earned his 28th win of the season with 41 saves on 43 shots. Manchester went 0-for-4 on the power play. Providence was also 0-for-4 with the man advantage.
MONARCHS NEWS & NOTES
The Manchester Monarchs (44-26-4-6, 98 points) finished the 2010-11 regular season with 98 points, good for second place in the Atlantic Division behind the Portland Pirates (47-24-7-2, 103 points) who lead the division with 103 points. The third place Connecticut Whale (40-32-2-6, 88 points) are also playoff-bound, wrapping up their season with 88 points.
Team GP W L OTL SOL PTS PCT
1 y Portland Pirates 80 47 24 7 2 103 0.644
2 x Manchester Monarchs 80 44 26 4 6 98 0.613
3 x Connecticut Whale 80 40 32 2 6 88 0.55
4 Worcester Sharks 80 36 31 4 9 85 0.531
5 Providence Bruins 80 38 36 3 3 82 0.512
6 Springfield Falcons 80 35 40 2 3 75 0.469
7 Bridgeport Sound Tigers 80 30 39 4 7 71 0.444
y - clinched first-place in the division
x - clinched playoff berth in 2011 Calder Cup Playoffs
Manchester is set to face-off against the Binghamton Senators in the 2011 Calder Cup Atlantic Division Semi-Finals which start on Thursday, April 14 at the Verizon Wireless Arena. Head-to-head this season, the Monarchs have a record of 1-1-0-0 against the Senators.
Manchester 4 @ Binghamton 3 (January 15, 2011) Final
Binghamton 4 @ Manchester 2 (January 22, 2011) Final
The Monarchs concluded their season with a 25-12-1-2 record on home ice and a 19-14-3-4 record on the road.
On the season, Manchester concluded play with the leagueâs 16th ranked power play, having scored 71 goals on 384 opportunities with an 18.5% conversion rate. On the penalty kill, Manchester finishes in fourth place among American Hockey League squads, having only allowed 51 goals when they have been down a man. They have been shorthanded 345 times and have a cumulative 85.2% penalty kill rating.
Manchesterâs home power play unit finished the year ninth overall out of 30 AHL teams, scoring 41 goals with the man advantage on 198 opportunities for a 20.7% conversion rate.
Manchester wrapped up the season sixth overall in the AHL in shorthanded goals, with 11 goals coming on the penalty kill this season.
Manchester recorded seven shorthanded goals on home ice, placing them in a tie for third in the AHL in that category.
Right wing Bud Holloway (28-33=61) concluded the season with the team lead in points, having recorded a career-high 61 points in 78 games.
Holloway also led the Monarchs squad in goals with 28.
Center Justin Azevedo (18-35=53) recorded four assists over his last three games, lifting him to second place overall on the 2010-11 Monarchs squad with 53 points.
Azevedoâs eight game-winning goals place him in a tie for first in the league in that category alongside left wing Alexandre Giroux of the Oklahoma City Barons.
Left wing Dwight King (24-28=52) potted an assist Sunday afternoon against Providence, wrapping up his season with 52 points in 72 games and third place on the Monarchs.
King recorded a hat trick on Friday, March 25 against the Norfolk Admirals, his first three-goal game as a professional, was the teamâs second hat trick of the season, as Holloway also recorded three goals on December 17 against Portland.
Defenseman Viatcheslav Voynov (15-36=51) scored the Monarchs second goal of the game Sunday afternoon against Providence, giving him his 15th goal of the season, a career-high for the blueliner. His 51 points were also a career-high for the defenseman.
Voynovâs 51 points rank him fourth on the Monarchs and seventh overall in the AHL among blueliners in points.
His 15 goals tied him for second among AHL defensemen.
Voynovâs plus-21 rating leads the Monarchs and is also a career-high.
Right wing Oscar Moller (23-27=50) placed fifth on the Monarchs squad in points with 50.
Moller, recalled from the Ontario Reign (ECHL) by the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday, March 23, has appeared in 13 games over the course of this season at the NHL level, scoring a goal and three assists for four points (1-3=4).
At the AHL level, Moller has six game-winning goals on the season, placing him tied for sixth overall in the league in that category.
Moller has eclipsed his previous career-high of 15 goals, as he has accumulated 23 markers during the 2010-11 campaign.
Moller tied the franchise record for shorthanded goals in a season with four such markers during the season.
Right wing Brandon Kozun (23-25=48) scored two goals during Fridayâs game against the Phantoms, lifting him to 48 points on the season.
Kozunâs 10 power play goals placed him second among AHL rookies.
Kozunâs game-winning goal against Springfield on Wednesday, March 16 marked his sixth such goal of the season, tying him for second place among the AHLâs rookies and tied for sixth in the league.
Kozun garnered Reebok/AHL Rookie of the Month honors for February, as he recorded eight goals and seven assists for 15 points (8-7=15) in 13 games for the Monarchs during the month.
Center Corey Elkins (18-26=44) was seventh on the Monarchs in points with 44 this season.
Center Marc-Andre Cliche (14-21=35) concluded the season eighth on the Monarchs in points with 35.
Cliche, with 14 goals, eclipsed his previous career-highs of 11 goals, set in both the 2007-08 and the 2009-10 Monarchs seasons.
Left wing David Meckler (16-17=33) wrapped up his fourth full season with the Monarchs in ninth place on the team in scoring, having recorded 16 goals and 17 assists for 33 points.
Meckler finished the regular season having played in 75 games, lifting him to first place all-time in Monarchs history with a total of 298 games played.
Center Andrei Loktionov (8-23=31) finished the season in 10th place on the Monarchs in scoring with 31 points.
Loktionov, recalled by the Kings on January 20, returned to the Monarchs line-up on Sunday, February 20. Skating in his first game at the Verizon Wireless Arena since his recent call up to the Kings, Loktionov suffered a shoulder injury on Friday, February 25 against the Sound Tigers. The second-year center had shoulder surgery in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 3 and is expected to be sidelined until training camp.
Loktionov recorded seven points (4-3=7) and two penalty minutes in 19 games with the Kings this season.
Left wing Richard Clune (8-14=22) is ranked 10th in the AHL with 222 penalty minutes.
Defenseman Jake Muzzin (3-15=18) concluded the season with a plus-20 rating, ranking second on the team and third amongst AHL rookies in that category.
Netminder Jeff Zatkoff has a record of 20-17-5 with a 2.68 goals-against-average and a .911 save percentage in 45 games this season.
Zatkoff recorded his third shutout of the year on Friday, March 25 against the Admirals. He recorded two shutouts during the month of March.
Zatkoff was named the Reebok/AHL Goaltender of the Month for his stellar performance in the month of March. In nine games during the month of March, Zatkoff went 5-3-1 with a 1.55 goals-against-average, a .949 save percentage and two shutouts.
Goaltender Martin Jones has played in 39 games with the Monarchs and has collected a record of 23-12-1 with a 2.25 goals-against average and a .924 save percentage.
4/7/11: The Manchester Monarchs (AHL) signed center Tyler Toffoli to an amateur tryout agreement.
3/25/11: The Manchester Monarchs (AHL) signed center Jordan Weal to an amateur tryout agreement and right wing Chaz Johnson to a professional tryout agreement.
3/22/11: The Los Angeles Kings (NHL) assigned right wing Oscar Moller to the Ontario Reign (ECHL).
3/11/11: The Manchester Monarchs (AHL) signed defenseman Jordan Hill to a professional tryout agreement.
2/28/11: The Los Angeles Kings (NHL) acquired forward Dustin Penner from the Edmonton Oilers (NHL) in exchange for defenseman Colten Teubert, a first-round draft pick in 2011 and a conditional third-round draft pick in 2012.