April 22, 2013 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Manchester Monarchs
LAST WEEK'S HIGHLIGHTS
@ Binghamton (4/19): The Manchester Monarchs moved into a tie for a Calder Cup Playoff position in the Eastern Conference with a 2-1 victory over the Binghamton Senators at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena on Friday night. The Monarchs received goals from left wing Tanner Pearson and center Linden Vey. Center Pat Cannone scored the lone goal for the Senators. Monarchs goaltender Martin Jones (26-25-4) earned his 26th victory of the season making 37 saves on 38 shots. Senators goaltender Nathan Lawson (12-6-2) started the game denying 16-of-17 shots faced. Senators netminder Marc Cheverie (4-6-1) took his sixth loss of the season stopping 11-of-12 shots faced in relief of Lawson. Manchester went 0-for-1 on the power play. Binghamton went 0-for-2 with the man advantage.
@ Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (4/20): The Manchester Monarchs secured the seventh seed in Eastern Conference in the 2013 Calder Cup Playoffs with a 3-1 victory over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza on Saturday night. Manchester scored goals off the sticks of center Andy Andreoff, defenseman David Kolomatis and left wing Tanner Pearson. Right wing Paul Thompson recorded the lone goal for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Monarchs goaltender Martin Jones (27-25-4) earned his 27th victory of the season making 36 saves on 37 shots. Penguins netminder Brad Thiessen (16-12-2) took his 12th loss of the season denying 17-of-19 shots faced. Manchester went 1-for-5 on the power play. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton went 1-for-6 with the man advantage.
@Hershey (4/21): The Manchester Monarchs saw their six-game winning streak end after falling to the Hershey Bears, 4-2, at Giant Center on Sunday afternoon. Left wing Tanner Pearson scored both goals for the Monarchs. The Bears received goals from left wing Jon DiSalvatore (two), defenseman Chad Genoway and left wing Boyd Kane. Monarchs netminder Ty Rimmer (0-1-0) took his first loss of the season making 36 saves on 40 shots. Grubauer (15-9-2) earned his 15th victory of the season stopping 23-of-25 shots faced. Manchester went 1-for-5 on the power play. Hershey went 1-for-3 with the man advantage.
MONARCHS NEWS & NOTES The Providence Bruins (50-21-0-5) sit in first place in the Atlantic Division with 105 points. The Portland Pirates (41-30-3-2) are in second place in the division with 87 points. The Manchester Monarchs (37-32-3-4) rank third in the division with 81 points. The Worcester Sharks (31-34-4-7) are in fourth place in the division with 73 points. The St. John's IceCaps (32-36-3-5) sit in fifth place in the division with 72 points.
The Monarchs earned a post-season position in the 2013 Calder Cup Playoffs with a 3-1 victory over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Saturday, April 20. As a result of a tiebreaker, the Monarchs will be the seventh seed and face-off against the top second seeded Springfield Falcons (45-22-5-4) in the first round.
The Monarchs best-of-five first round series playoff series dates:
Game 1 Saturday, April 27 @ Springfield (7:00 p.m.)
Game 2 Sunday, April 28. @ Springfield (4:00 p.m.)
Game 3 Thursday, May 2 vs. Springfield (7:00 p.m.)
Game 4 Saturday, May 4 vs. Springfield (7:00 p.m.) (if necessary)
Game 5 Sunday, May 5 @ Springfield (4:00 p.m.) (if necessary)
The Monarchs went 18-18-1-1 on the road and 19-14-2-3 at home this season.
Manchester was 16-7-0-0 overall when they played on a Saturday this season.
The Monarchs were fourth in the American Hockey League when faced with a penalty kill on the road (86.0%) this season.
Before falling in the regular season finale to the Hershey Bears, the Monarchs were on a six-game winning streak, their longest of the season.
Center Linden Vey (22-45=67) led the team with 45 assists and 67 points.
Vey's 67 points ranked tied for fifth in the AHL this season.
Vey's 45 assists ranked sixth among league skaters.
Vey's 22 goals, 45 assists and 67 points this season all set personal career-bests.
Vey tallied his 100th professional point with an empty goal against the Hershey Bears on Saturday, March 23.
Vey appeared in his 100th AHL game (all with the Monarchs) on Saturday, December 15 against the Adirondack Phantoms.
Vey had a nine-game assist and point streak (1-13=14) end on Saturday, January 19. Vey's nine-game assist streak set a Monarchs franchise record.
Vey led the team with 14 power play assists.
Vey finished third on the team with 22 goals.
Vey was voted the Monarchs 2013 Ace Bailey Most Valuable Player Award (as voted by the Monarchs players and coaches) and the 2013 Manchester Monarchs Booster Club Player of the Year Award.
Right wing Brandon Kozun (26-30=56) was second on the team with 56 points.
Kozun ranked second on the team in goals (26) assists (30) and points (56).
Kozun set career-highs in goals (26), assists (30) and in points (56) this season.
Kozun was voted by Monarchs fans as the 2013 Union Leader Fan Favorite Award recipient.
Kozun led the team with seven game-winning goals this season.
Kozun tallied game-winning goals against the Sharks on Saturday, October 27, against the Binghamton Senators on Sunday, October 28, against the IceCaps on Wednesday, November 7, versus the Bruins on Saturday, January 19, against the IceCaps on Friday, February 15 and versus the Sharks on Friday, February 22 and Sunday, April 14.
Kozun's seven game-winning tallies rank tied for fifth in the league.
Kozun led the Monarchs with seven power play tallies this season.
Kozun has 68 career tallies in a Monarchs uniform which is tied for sixth on the franchise's all-time goals list.
Right wing Tyler Toffoli (28-23=51) finished third on the team with 51 points.
Toffoli was named to the 2013 AHL All-Rookie Team and was honored as the 2013 Dudley (Red) Garrett Memorial Award which is given to the AHL's most outstanding rookie.
Toffoli represented the Monarchs at the 2013 Dunkin' Donuts AHL All-Star Classic on Thursday, January 17. Toffoli registered a goal and an assist in a 7-6 loss for the Eastern Conference in the 2013 Dunkin' Donuts AHL All-Star Game on Monday, January 28.
Toffoli tallied two hat tricks this season and both came against the Pirates.
Toffoli had 10 goals in 10 games against the Pirates this season, which led all VIP Cup skaters.
Toffoli led the team and finished second among AHL rookie skaters with 28 goals this season.
Toffoli's 28 goals ranked tied for 10th place among league skaters. Toffoli's 51 points had him finish in fourth place in the league among rookie skaters.
Toffoli led the team with three shorthanded tallies this season.
Toffoli has eight goals and 13 assists for 21 points in his last 20 games.
Toffoli led the team with 178 shots on goal this season.
Toffoli also led the team in plus/minus with plus-20.
Toffoli was recalled to the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday, March 10 and made his NHL debut Saturday, March 16 against the San Jose Sharks . Toffoli tallied two goals and three assists for five points and two penalty minutes in eight games for the Kings before being assigned back to the Monarchs on Friday, April 19.
Left wing Tanner Pearson (19-28=47) ranked fourth on the Monarchs with 47 points.
Pearson is currently on a three-game goal streak and a four-game point streak (4-2=6).
Pearson finished in third place on the team with 28 assists.
Pearson's 47 points ranked tied for seventh among rookie skaters this season.
Pearson returned to the Monarchs line-up on Friday, March 15. He had been out of the line-up since Sunday, February 24 missing five games with an upper body injury. Pearson was reinjured in the Monarchs game on Friday, March 15 and returned to the Monarchs line-up on Wednesday March 27 after missing six games.
Center Jordan Weal (15-18=33) finished in fifth place on the Monarchs with 33 points this season.
Weal had a four-game goal streak come to an end on Saturday, April 13.
Defenseman David Kolomatis (8-20=28) finished in sixth place on the Monarchs with 28 points.
Kolomatis had three multi-point games in his last seven contests.
Kolomatis had a goal and two assists for three points in his last two games.
Kolomatis returned to the Monarchs line-up on Friday, December 28 after missing 23 games due to injury.
Kolomatis led Monarchs defenseman with eight goals.
Center Andy Andreoff (13-13&) finished in seventh place on the Monarchs with 26 points.
Andreoff tallied three goals and an assist for four points in the final five games of the 2012-13 regular season.
Andreoff tallied his second professional multi-goal game in a 4-3 victory against the Bears on Saturday, April 13.
Andreoff led the Monarchs with 111 penalty minutes.
Andreoff was voted by the Monarchs players as the 2013 Mark Bavis Unsung Here Award recipient.
Defenseman Nick Deslauriers (4-19=23) completed the season in eighth place on the Monarchs with 23 points.
Deslauriers finished second among Monarchs defensemen with 19 assists this season.
Deslauriers has six assists in his last eight games.
Deslauriers missed the final five games of the 2012-13 regular season due to a lower body injury.
Center Andrei Loktionov (7-15=22) finished in ninth place on the Monarchs with 22 points.
Loktionov was traded to the New Jersey Devils on Thursday, February 7 for a fifth round selection in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
Left wing Marc-Andre Cliche (10-10=20) completed the season tied with defenseman Andrew Bodnarchuk (5-15=20) for 10th place on the Monarchs with 20 points each.
Cliche had surgery on Monday, February 4 and returned to the Monarchs line-up on Saturday, March 23 against the Bears.
Cliche is in third place on the Monarchs all-time games played list with 341.
Cliche has scored 68 goals in his career with the Monarchs which is tied for sixth place on the franchise's all-time goals scored list.
Cliche ranks ninth on the Monarchs all-time points list with 150 and ranks ninth on the franchise's all-time assist list with 83.
Bodnarchuk is tied for third on the team in plus/minus with plus-17.
Left wing Colton Yellow Horn (6-12=18) finished in 12th place on the Monarchs with 18 points.
Yellow Horn tallied his first AHL point, an assist, in his AHL debut on Sunday, February 10.
Yellow Horn tallied his first AHL goal on Tuesday, February 12.
Yellow Horn has 18 points (6-12=18) in 28 games with the Monarchs.
Left wing Dwight King (5-12=17) and right wing Stefan Legein (5-12=17) finished tied for 13th on the Monarchs with 17 points each.
King was recalled by the Kings on Tuesday, January 15.
Legein tallied goals in consecutive games on March 8 and 10. His goal on March 8 was scored in overtime and his goal scored on March 10 was scored when the Monarchs were shorthanded.
Defenseman Slava Voynov (7-9=16) ranked 15th on the Monarchs with 16 points.
Voynov rejoined the Kings on Tuesday, January 15.
Defenseman Bryan Rodney (4-11=15) finished in 16th place on the Monarchs with 15 points.
Right wing Brian O'Neill (3-11=14) finished in 17th place on the Monarchs with 14 points.
Defenseman Vincent LoVerde (2-11=13) ranked 18th on the Monarchs with 13 points this season LoVerde tallied his first AHL goal in a 4-1 loss to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Friday, February 1.
LoVerde scored on Penguins netminder Jeff Zatkoff who is a former teammate of LoVerde's while they played for the NCAA's Miami University (Ohio) Redhawks.
LoVerde is tied for third on the Monarchs in plus/minus with a plus-17.
The Monarchs signed LoVerde to a professional tryout agreement on Wednesday, January 9.
Defenseman Thomas Hickey (3-9=12) finished in 19th place on the Monarchs with 12 points.
Hickey was claimed off waivers by the New York Islanders on Tuesday, January 15.
Defenseman Jake Muzzin (2-9=11) finished tied with defenseman Andrew Campbell (2-9=11) for 20th place on the Monarchs with 11 points each.
Muzzin was recalled by the Kings on Sunday, January 13.
Muzzin was named the NHL's Rookie of The Month for March with four goals and seven assists for 11 points in 17 games with the Kings.
Campbell returned from an upper body injury on Friday, December 7 in Providence after missing 16 games. Campbell was recalled by the Kings on February 6 and was reassigned to Manchester on February 8. Campbell was recalled to the Kings for a second stint on Wednesday, February 13 and was reassigned to the Monarchs on Saturday, March 2.
Campbell's 345 games are in second place on the Monarchs all-time games played list.
Left wing David Meckler (3-6=9) ranked 22nd on the Monarchs with nine points.
Meckler has 77 tallies for his Monarchs career ranking second on the franchise all-time list.
Meckler holds the franchise record for games played with 376 in a Monarchs uniform. Meckler's 350th game came against the Pirates on Sunday, November 25.
Left wing Richard Clune (2-5=7) finished tied with right wing Anthony Stewart (4-3=7) for 23rd place on the Monarchs with seven points each.
Clune led the team with 98 penalty minutes.
Clune's 786 penalty minutes rank second on the Monarchs all-time career penalty minutes list.
Clune was picked up off waivers by the Nashville Predators on Tuesday, January 15.
The Kings picked up Stewart along with a draft pick from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for right wing Kevin Westgath on Sunday, January 13. Stewart cleared waivers and joined the Monarchs on Tuesday, January 22.
Left wing Jordan Nolan (2-4=6) finished tied with center Robbie Czarnik (4-2=6) and defenseman Chris Huxley (1-5=6) for 25th place on the Monarchs with six points each. Nolan was recalled by the Kings on Tuesday, January 15.
Czarnik appeared in his 100th professional game on Friday, April 12 against the Connecticut Whale.
Huxley made his Monarchs and AHL debut in a 3-0 victory over the Bruins on Wednesday, January 23.
Huxley scored his first AHL goal on Saturday, April 13 in a 4-3 victory against the Bears.
Left wing Hunter Bishop (3-2=5) finished in 28th place on the Monarchs with five points.
Huxley tallied his first AHL point, an assist, in a 4-1 loss to the Penguins on Friday, February 1.
Huxley has a plus/minus of plus-11 through his first 27 games with the Monarchs.
The Monarchs signed Huxley to a professional tryout agreement on Tuesday, January 22.
Bishop made his Monarchs debut on Friday, February 22 against the Sharks.
Bishop tallied his first AHL goal in a 4-1 victory over the IceCaps on Saturday, March 2. Bishop's tally came while the Monarchs were shorthanded and it proved to be the game-winning goal.
Forward Ian O'Connor (2-0=2) finished in 29th place on the Monarchs with two points. O'Connor tallied his first career AHL goal on Wednesday, March 6.
O'Connor made his Monarchs debut on Friday, March 1.
O'Connor was released from his professional tryout agreement on Saturday, April 20.
Defenseman Derek Forbort (0-1=1) finished tied with right wing Scott Sabourin (0-1=1) for 30th place on the Monarchs with one point each this season.
Forbort recently joined the Monarchs and is a Kings first round (15th overall) selection from the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
Forbort made his professional debut with the Monarchs on Friday, April 12 and tallied his first professional point on Saturday, April 13.
Sabourin also recently joined the Monarchs. Sabourin played three-plus seasons with the OHL's Oshawa Generals before signing a two- year AHL contract with Manchester.
Goaltender Martin Jones (27-25-4) had a 2.53 goals-against-average, a 0.919 save percentage and stopped 1601-of-1742 shots attempted in 56 games this season.
Jones set career-bests with 56 appearances, 27 victories, 3346:51 minutes played and five shutouts this season.
Jones appeared in his 100th game in a Monarchs uniform in a 3-2 shootout loss against the Springfield Falcons on Sunday, December 16.
Right wing Justin Johnson (0-0=0) finished with 19 penalty minutes in 12 games this season.
Goaltender Peter Mannino (10-7-0) had a 2.47 goals-against-average and a 0.919 save percentage in 20 games this season.
Netminder Jean-Francois Berube (0-2-0) made his season debut in relief of Mannino on Tuesday, January 15 making 13 saves on 17 shots while recording the loss for the Monarchs.
Berube made his first start of this season with the Monarchs on Sunday, March 17. It was Berube's first start with the Monarchs since April 11, 2010.
Berube was reassigned by the Kings to the ECHL's Ontario Reign on Monday, March 25.
Goaltender Ty Rmmer (0-1-0) made his professional debut with the Monarchs on Sunday, April 21, taking the loss after making 36 saves
on 40 shots.