December 31, 2012 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Manchester Monarchs
LAST WEEK'S HIGHLIGHTS
vs. Worcester (12/26): Center Andy Andreoff scored the game-winning goal as the Manchester Monarchs defeated the Worcester Sharks, 2-1, in their traditional Cabin Fever Night at the Verizon Wireless Arena on Wednesday night. Center Andy Andreoff and right wing Stefan Legein scored for the Monarchs. Right wing James Livingston scored the lone goal for the Sharks. Monarchs Peter Mannino (7-2-0) earned his seventh win of the season stopping 29-of-30 shots. Sharks goaltender Alex Stalock (10-6-1) took his sixth loss of the season making 25 saves on 27 shots. Manchester went 0-for-5 on the power play. Worcester was 0-for-3 with the man advantage.
@ Worcester (12/28): The last five match-ups between the Manchester Monarchs and the Worcester Sharks have been decided by one goal and the Monarchs were on the short end of the one goal separation in a 2-1 loss at the DCU Center on Friday night. Defenseman Jake Muzzin scored the lone goal for the Monarchs. The Sharks received goals from center Jon Matsumoto and center James Sheppard. Monarchs goaltender Peter Mannino (7-3-0) took his third loss of the season stopping 32-of-34 shots. Sharks netminder Harri Sateri (5-6-1) earned his fifth victory of the season making 22 saves on 23 shots. Manchester went 0-for-1 on the power play. Worcester was 0-for-3 with the man advantage.
@ Bridgeport (12/29: The Manchester Monarchs lost their second consecutive road game as right wing Sean Backman led the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, 4-1, at the Webster Bank Arena on Saturday night. Right Tyler Toffoli scored the lone goal for the Monarchs. Bridgeport scored goals off the sticks of Backman (two), center Casey Cizikas and left wing Nino Niederreiter. Monarchs goaltender Martin Jones (7-13-2) took his 13th loss of the season stopping 25-of-29 shots. Sound Tigers netminder Anders Nilsson (7-7-0) earned his seventh victory of the season making 31 saves on 32 shots. Manchester went 0-for-1 on the power play. Bridgeport was 1-for-4 with the man advantage.
MONARCHS NEWS & NOTES
The Portland Pirates (17-11-1-1) sit in first place in the Atlantic Division with 36 points. The Worcester Sharks (16-11-1-2) are in second place in the division with 35 points. The Providence Bruins (16-11-0-2) rank third in division with 34 points. The Manchester Monarchs (14-14-2-2) sit in fourth place in the division with 32 points. The St. John's IceCaps (15-17-0-1) are in fifth place in the division with 31 points.
The Monarchs are 6-6-0-1 on the road and are 8-8-2-1 at home this season.
Manchester is 9-2-0-0 overall when they play on a Saturday this season.
The Monarchs are 6-3-2-0 all-time in games on New Year's Eve.
Manchester set a franchise single-game record with nine goals in a 9-2 victory against the Connecticut Whale on Saturday, December 8.
The Monarchs had 14 skaters record at least one point in a 9-2 record breaking victory on Saturday, December 8, including nine multiple point skaters.
Manchester scored three power play goals in a game for the third time this season in a 5-3 victory against the Pirates on Saturday, December 22.
The Monarchs have the fifth best success rate in the American Hockey League when faced with a penalty kill on the road (87.3%).
Right wing Tyler Toffoli (14-9=23) and center Linden Vey (8-15=23) are tied for the team lead with 23 points each.
Toffoli tallied his second hat trick of the season and second against the Pirates in a 5-3 victory on Saturday, December 22.
Toffoli has eight goals in six games against the Pirates this season which also leads all VIP Cup skaters.
Toffoli leads the team and ranks second in the AHL among rookies with 14 goals this season.
Toffoli's 14 goals are also tied for seventh among league skaters. Toffoli's 23 points rank seventh in the league among rookie skaters.
Toffoli leads the team and is tied for 11th place in the league with five power play goals this season.
Toffoli and Andrew Campbell (0-4=4) are tied for the team lead in plus/minus with plus-8.
Campbell returned from an upper body injury on Friday, December 7 in Providence. Campbell had been out of the line-up since Sunday, October 28 missing 16 games.
Campbell's 312 games rank third all-time on the Monarchs all-time games played list.
Vey appeared in his 100th AHL game (all with the Monarchs) on Saturday, December 15 against the Adirondack Phantoms.
Vey leads the team in assists with 15. Vey has four points (1-3=4) in his last four games.
Right wing Brandon Kozun (8-14=22) ranks third on the team with 22 points.
Kozun is in second place on the team with 14 assists.
Kozun is tied with Vey for second place on the team with eight goals each.
Kozun leads the team with three game-winning goals this season which is tied for 10th place in the American Hockey League.
Kozun tallied the game-winning goals against the Sharks on Saturday, October 27, against the Binghamton Senators on Sunday, October 28 and the IceCaps on Wednesday, November 7.
Left wing Tanner Pearson (6-12=18) ranks fourth on the Monarchs with 18 points.
Pearson is tied with center Andrei Loktionov (5-12=17) for third on the Monarchs with 12 assists each. Loktionov is in fifth place on the Monarchs with 17 points.
Loktionov leads the team and is tied for second in the AHL with two shorthanded goals this season.
Left wing Dwight King (5-11=16) ranks sixth on the Monarchs with 16 points.
King is tied for the league lead with two shorthanded assists this season.
Defenseman Slava Voynov (6-9=15) is ranks seventh on the Monarchs with 15 points each.
Voynov's six goals lead team defensemen.
Voynov leads the team with 95 shots on goal this season.
Defenseman Andrew Bodnarchuk (3-9=12) is in eighth place on the Monarchs with 12 points.
Bodnarchuk is tied with Voynov and defenseman Jake Muzzin (2-9=11) for the team lead amongst blueliners with nine assists each.
Left wing Marc-Andre Cliche (5-6=11) and Muzzin are tied for ninth place on the Monarchs with 11 points each.
With two goals on Friday, December 21 and two assists on Saturday, December 22, Cliche posted back-to-back multiple point games for the first time this season.
Cliche ranks second on the Monarchs all-time games played list with 315.
Cliche has scored 63 goals in his career with the Monarchs which ties him for eighth place on the franchise's all-time list with center Yanick Lehoux.
Cliche ranks ninth on the Monarchs all-time points list with 142 and ranks 10th on the franchise's all-time assist list with 79.
Right wing Stefan Legein (2-8=10) ranks 11th on the Monarchs with 10 points.
Defenseman Thomas Hickey (2-7=9) is in 12th place on the Monarchs with nine points.
Defenseman Nick Deslauriers (2-6=8) ranks 13th on the Monarchs with eight points.
Deslauriers scored a goal in consecutive games for the first time in his professional career with tallies on Friday, November 23 against the Sharks and Saturday, November 24 against the Springfield Falcons.
Left wing Richard Clune (2-5=7) is in 14th place on the Monarchs with seven points.
Clune leads the team with 96 penalty minutes.
Clune's 784 penalty minutes rank second on the Monarchs all-time career penalty minutes list.
Defenseman David Kolomatis (3-3=6) is tied with Andy Andreoff (4-2=6) ranks 15th on the Monarchs with six points.
All three of Kolomatis' goals this season have come when the team was on a power play. Kolomatis returned to the Monarchs line-up on Friday, December 28 after missing 23 games due to injury. Left wing Jordan Nolan (2-3=5) is in 17th place on the Monarchs with five points.
Defenseman Bryan Rodney (2-2=4) and Campbell are tied for 18th place on the Monarchs with four points each.
Rodney made his Monarchs debut on Friday, December 7 scoring two goals in the game.
Rodney recorded his second multi-point game with two assists in a 3-2 loss to the Sharks on Sunday, December 9.
Right wing Brian O'Neill (1-2=3) and center Jordan Weal (1-2=3) are tied for 20th place on the Monarchs with three points each.
Center Robbie Czarnik (2-0=2) ranks 22nd on the Monarchs with two points.
Czarnik recorded his second goal of the season against the Falcons in a 5-4 loss on Friday, November 30.
Right wing Justin Johnson (0-0=0) made his season debut against the Bruins on Friday, November 16. Left wing David Meckler (0-0=0) made his season debut against the Sharks on Sunday, November 4.
Meckler holds the franchise record for games played with 352 in a Monarchs uniform. Meckler's 350th game came against the Pirates on Sunday, November 25.
Goaltender Martin Jones (7-13-2) has a 2.63 goals-against-average, a 0.911 save percentage and has stopped 583-of-640 shots attempted in 22 games this season.
Jones' 583 saves this season are ranked 10th among league netminders.
Jones appeared in 100th game in a Monarchs uniform in a 3-2 shootout loss against the Falcons on Sunday, December 16.
Goaltender Peter Mannino (7-3-0) has a 2.00 goal-against-average and a 0.932 save percentage in 12 games this season.
New Year's Eve Celebration - Join the Monarchs as they ring in the New Year with their annual New Year's Eve Celebration against the Worcester Sharks at the Verizon Wireless Arena at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, December 31. The first 2,500 fans will receive light-up thundersticks, courtesy of Manchester Subaru. Stick around post-game for the largest indoor fireworks show in New England!
L.A. Kings Night -
Join the Monarchs for L.A. Kings Night celebrating the Los Angeles Kings 2012 Stanley Cup Championship on
January 19, 2013! The first 2,000 fans will receive a Los Angeles Kings Jersey Bank, courtesy of St. Mary's Bank!