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November 22, 2004 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Manchester Monarchs News Release

LAST WEEK’S HIGHLIGHTS

At Worcester (11/18): The Monarchs shut out the Worcester IceCats, 6-0 at the DCU Center on Thursday night. Goaltender Mathieu Garon earned his fourth shutout of the season, stopping all 29 shots he faced. The Monarchs lit the lamp with goals from center Yanick Lehoux, right wing George Parros, left wing Noah Clarke, right wing Brad Smyth, center Michael Cammalleri and right wing Dan Welch. IceCats goaltender Curtis Sanford took the loss for Worcester, stopping 25 shots. Both the Monarchs and IceCats went 0-4 on the power play.

Vs. Lowell (11/19): Center Michael Cammalleri scored a hat trick in the Monarchs 5-4 shootout victory over the Lowell Lock Monsters on Friday night at the Verizon Wireless Arena. Goaltender Mathieu Garon replaced Adam Hauser at the beginning of the third period and shut down the Lock Monsters through the final period, overtime and the ensuing shootout for the win. Hauser stopped 19 of the 23 shots he faced through two periods. Center Matt Ryan also found the back of the net for the Monarchs. Center Dustin Brown and right wing Tom Kostopoulos scored for the Monarchs during the shootout.

The Lock Monsters had goals from center Mike Zigomanis, left wing Justin Taylor, defenseman Richie Regehr and defenseman Allan Rourke. Manchester went 3-8 on the power play and Lowell was 1-5.

At Worcester (11/21): Center Yanick Lehoux tallied a goal and an assist in the Monarchs 5-4 win over the Worcester IceCats at the DCU Center on Sunday night. Center David Steckel and left wings Noah Clarke and Dustin Brown also scored for the Monarchs. Center Michael Cammalleri extended his point streak (10-9=19) to 11 games with his goal in the third period. Mathieu Garon earned his 10th win of the season, stopping 30 shots. The Monarchs were 1-4 on the power play and the IceCats were 1-3.

MONARCHS TRANSACTIONS

11/19/04: The Manchester Monarchs (AHL) signed defenseman Adam Borzecki to a professional tryout agreement.

MONARCHS INJURY REPORT

11/18/04: Defenseman Doug Nolan is week-to-week with a knee injury.

11/18/04: Defenseman Tim Gleason is day-to-day with a shoulder injury.

11/14/04: Right wing Greg Hogeboom is week-to-week with a shoulder separation.

11/12/04: Left wing Ryan Flinn is day-to-day with a foot infection.

9/27/04: Right wing Scott Barney is week-to-week with a lower body injury.

News & Notes

Center Yanick Lehoux matched his goal total for all of the 2003-04 season (14 goals in 66 games) with his 14th goal of this campaign, scored on Sunday night in the Monarchs 5-4 win over the Worcester IceCats at the DCU Center.

Lehoux, who leads the American Hockey league with 29 points (14-15=29), added two assists in the contest. The third-round selection of the Los Angeles Kings (86th overall) in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft leads the Monarchs with six three-point games this season.

Lehoux is also tied with right wing Tom Kostopoulos for the team lead with 10 multi-point games this season. The 22-yearold native of Repentigny, Quebec, has scored at least two points in each of his last five games and has 12 points (5-7=12) during the five-game scoring streak.

Lehoux, who collected his first game-winning goal of the season in the Monarchs 6-0 win over the IceCats on Thursday night in Worcester, ranks second in the league with 14 goals and along with Kostopoulos ranks third in the league with 15 assists.

Lehoux leads the AHL with a .326 shooting percentage (14 for 43).

The Monarchs have been involved in consecutive one-goal games. They opened the season with no one-goal games over their first 13 contests.

The Monarchs streak of scoring the first goal of a game ended 13 games into the 2004-05 season. The Lowell Lock Monsters broke the streak by scoring first in their game with the Monarchs at the Verizon Wireless Arena on Friday night.

The Monarchs rallied to win that game, 5-4, by outlasting the Lock Monsters in the first-ever shootout in Monarchs history.

Left wing Dustin Brown was credited with the game-winning goal in the game. He and Kostopoulos scored in the shootout against Lowell netminder Cam Ward. Meanwhile, Monarchs goaltender Mathieu Garon took the win by stopping all four Lowell shootout attempts.

Garon matched his AHL career high for shutouts with his fourth of the season on Thursday night. Garon also nailed down four shutouts while skating with the Hamilton Bulldogs during the 2002-03 season.

Garon, selected in the second-round (44th overall) by the Montreal Canadiens in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft and acquired by the Kings from the Canadiens for Radek Bonk and Cristobal Huet on June 26, 2004, has 16 career shutouts in the AHL.

The 26-year-old Garon, a native of Chandler, Quebec, has a record of 19-1-2 in his last 22 AHL appearances. Garon’s career record in the AHL includes 93 wins, 81 losses and 20 ties.

Garon leads the AHL with 10 wins, four shutouts and a .949 save-percentage. Garon’s goals -against-average of 1.42 ranks second in the league.

Center Michael Cammalleri stretched his scoring streak to 11 games on Sunday night with a goal against the IceCats.

Cammalleri, selected by the Kings in the second-round (49th overall) in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, has 10 goals and 19 points (10-9=19) during the streak, the longest in the AHL this season.

Cammalleri, who leads the Monarchs with six power play goals, set a new team record by registering three power play goals in one game against the Lock Monsters on Friday night.

Cammalleri’s six power play markers are tied for first in the AHL.

Cammalleri leads the Monarchs and the AHL with four game-winning goals. The native of Richmond Hill, Ontario, picked up his fourth game-winner of the season on Sunday night against the IceCats.

With his goal on Sunday night against the IceCats, Cammalleri, who ranks second on the Monarchs with 13 goals and 26 points (13-13=26), extended his goal-scoring streak to four games (six goals in the four games). The four-game streak matches a Monarchs season high.

Cammalleri’s hat trick on Friday was the third this season for a Monarchs player, and all three hat tricks have occurred on home ice. Lehoux also collected a hat trick on October 16 against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, and Brown recorded a hat trick against the Albany River Rats on November 6. Cammalleri has scored in 14 of his 15 games this season.

Lehoux and veteran right wing Brad Smyth (6-12=18) have scored in 13 of the 15 games they’ve skated in this season.

With 543 career AHL points, Smyth ranks 54th on the AHL’s all-time scoring list. Smyth’s career AHL numbers include 275 goals and 543 points (275-268=543) in 484 games over nine AHL seasons.

Smyth, a native of Ottawa, Ontario, enters this week’s action with a five-game scoring streak (2-6=8).

Defenseman Joe Rullier, the Monarchs all-time games played (212) and penalty minute leader (533), leads the AHL with a plus-18 rating.

Left wing Noah Clarke rank second in the league with plus-16 rating, and Kostopoulos ranks third with a plus-15 rating.

The Monarchs share the league lead with 14 wins. The East Division-leading Philadelphia Phantoms topped the Providence Bruins, 4-3 in overtime, to win their 14th game on Sunday night. The Phantoms have won 14 straight after opening the season with consecutive losses.

The Monarchs lead the AHL with a .933 winning percentage (14-1-0-0).

Head coach Bruce Boudreau earned his 200th AHL win on Sunday against the IceCats. Boudreau, now in his fourth season with the Monarchs and six overall in the AHL, has led the Monarchs to two consecutive 40-win seasons and three consecutive Calder Cup playoff appearances.

The Monarchs have allowed only 25 goals to the opposition this season, a league low.

The Monarchs lead the AHL with an average of 4.67 goals -per-game. The Monarchs also lead the league with a goals - against-per-game average of 1.67.

The Monarchs have outscored their opponents 70-25 this season for a goal differential of plus-45.

The Monarchs have outscored their opponents 50-14 in the first two periods this season (25-7 in the first period and 25-7 in the second period).

The Monarchs lead the league with a 28.8 percent home ice success rate on the power play (15 for 52). They also lead the league with an overall power play success rate of 23.2 percent (23 for 99).

The Monarchs have scored five or more goals in each of their seven home games this season. The Monarchs current seven-game home winning streak represents a new franchise record.

The Monarchs, winners of their last seven straight overall, will attempt to tie their franchise record for consecutive wins when they host the Norfolk Admirals at the Verizon Wireless Arena on Wednesday night. The Monarchs won eight straight games from October 19 through November 19, 2002.


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