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January 3, 2011 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Manchester Monarchs News Release

LAST WEEK'S HIGHLIGHTS

At Adirondack (12/29): The Manchester Monarchs broke the game wide-open in the second period with four consecutive goals on their way to a 6-2 victory over the Adirondack Phantoms at Glens Falls Civic Center on Wednesday night. Left wing Richard Clune (two), left wing Dwight King, defenseman David Kolomatis, center Jordan Nolan and right wing John Zeiler lit the lamp for the Monarchs. Forward Eric Wellwood and center Greg Moore scored for the Phantoms. Monarchs goaltender Martin Jones (11-2-0) recorded his 11th victory of the season, stopping 20-of-22 shots. Phantoms netminder Nic Riopel (3-7-0) drew his seventh loss of the season with 19 saves on 25 shot before being replaced by goaltender Brian Stewart (0-5-0) who stopped all 13 shots he faced in over 33 minutes of playing time. Manchester went 1-for-5 on the power play. Adirondack was 1-for-2 with the man advantage.

Vs. Providence (12/31): Center Oscar Moller tied a franchise record for points in one game with five (1-4=5) as the Manchester Monarchs defeated the Providence Bruins by a 7-3 margin Friday evening at the Verizon Wireless Arena. The Monarchs picked up goals from center Marc-Andre Cliche, left wing Bud Holloway, defenseman David Kolomatis (two), center Andrei Loktionov, left wing David Meckler and Moller. Center Zach Hamill, center Joe Colborne and right wing Kirk MacDonald found the back of the net for the Bruins. Monarchs goaltender Martin Jones (12-2-0) recorded his 12th victory of the season, stopping 23-of-26 shots. Bruins netminder Nolan Schaefer (6-10-1) drew his 10th loss of the season, stopping 38-of-45 shots on net. Manchester was 2-for-5 on the power play. Providence was 0-for-4 with the man advantage.

At Springfield (1/1): The Manchester Monarchs six-game winning streak was snapped as the Springfield Falcons won 3-1 at the MassMutual Center on Saturday night. Defenseman Viatcheslav Voynov scored the lone goal for the Monarchs. Defenseman Cody Goloubef, defenseman Nick Holden and center Ben Guite tallied for the Falcons. Monarchs goaltender Jeff Zatkoff (10-10-1) dropped his 10th game of the season, stopping 20-of-23 shots. Falcons netminder Gustaf Wesslau (4-5-1) earned his fourth win of the season with 25 saves on 26 shots. Manchester went 0-for-4 on the power play. Springfield was 0-for-2 with the man advantage.

At Connecticut (1/2): Goaltender Martin Jones backstopped the Manchester Monarchs to a 3-0 shutout, his second of the season, stopping 39 shots by the Connecticut Whale at the XL Center Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Sunday evening. Right wing Brandon Kozun, left wing David Meckler and left wing Richard Clune netted goals for the Monarchs. Jones (13-2-0) picked up his 13th win and his second shutout of the season with 39 saves. Whale's goaltender Chad Johnson (12-12-3) stopped 17-of-20 shot in his 12th loss of the season. Manchester went 1-for-5 on the power play. Connecticut was 0-for-3 with the man advantage.

MONARCHS NEWS & NOTES

The Manchester Monarchs (24-12-1-1, 50 points) lead the Atlantic Division with 50 points. The Connecticut Whale (18-13-2-5, 43 points) are in second place in the division, trailing Manchester by seven points. The Portland Pirates (18-11-4-1, 41 points) trail the Whale by two points, placing them third in the Atlantic Division with 41 points. The Worcester Sharks (17-12-2-4, 40 points) sit in fourth place in the Atlantic Division with 40 points, while the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (18-15-1-2, 39 points) trail Worcester by a point with 39, placing them fifth in the seven team division. The Springfield Falcons (16-15-1-3, 36 points) and the Providence Bruins (14-17-2-1, 31 points) round out the Atlantic Division in sixth and seventh place.

Manchester's power play is ranked 13th in the AHL as they have scored 33 goals on 180 opportunities for an 18.3% conversion rate. On the penalty kill, the Monarchs are ranked 12th in the league as they have given up 28 goals when they have been down a man. They have been shorthanded 175 times this season and have an 84.0% penalty kill rating.

Center Andrei Loktionov (6-21=27) and defenseman Viatcheslav Voynov (6-21=27) are tied for the team lead in assists and points.

Voynov not only leads the Monarchs defensemen in points, but also leads AHL defensemen with 27 points.

Voynov has collected 12 points (2-10=12) in his last 11 games.

Left wing Bud Holloway (10-15=25) and center Oscar Moller (9-16=25) are tied for third place on the Monarchs with 25 points each.

Moller tied a franchise record when he recorded five points (1-4=5) in the Monarchs 7-3 win over the Bruins on December 31. He is only the second player in team history to record five points in a game. The other is center Jared Aulin who picked up five assists against Saint John in the Monarchs 7-4 win on December 21, 2002.

Moller leads the Monarchs in the plus/minus category with a plus-15.

Moller is also in the midst of a 10-game point streak on home ice, recording a total of 19 points (8-11=19), eight goals and 11 assists, starting on November 14th.

Center Corey Elkins (9-13=22) is fifth on the Monarchs in points with 22.

Center Justin Azevedo (10-10=20) is ranked sixth on the Monarchs with 20 points.

Azevedo is also tied for second place in the AHL in game-winning goals with four.

Right wing Brandon Kozun (9-10=19) is tied with left wing Dwight King (9-10=19) for seventh place on the Monarchs roster with 19 points each.

Kozun is also tied with Azevedo for second place in the AHL with four game-winning goals this season.

Kozun is tied for 15th in the AHL among rookies with 19 points.

Left wing David Meckler (11-7=18) recorded his 11th goal of the season in Sunday's 3-0 win over Connecticut to take over the team lead in goals with 11 tallies.

Holloway and Azevedo rank second on the team in goals with 10 each.

Left wing Richard Clune's 135 penalty minutes places him fourth overall in the league in the same category. Right wing Justin Johnson is ranked 10th in the AHL with 108 penalty minutes.

In four games last week, Clune collected five points (3-2=5) to bring his total for the season to 11 points (5-6=11).

Defenseman David Kolomatis recorded four points (3-1=4) last week to bring his total for the season to 13 points (4-9=13).

Goaltender Jeff Zatkoff has a record of 10-10-1 with a 3.20 goals-against-average and a 0.892 save percentage in 22 games this season.

Netminder Martin Jones has played in 18 games with the Monarchs and has collected a record of 13-2-0 with a 1.60 goals-against-average and a .948 save percentage.

Jones' 1.60 goals-against-average are tied for first in the AHL in that category and his 0.948 save percentage is ranked second in the league.

Jones has won his last six consecutive games.

MONARCHS TRANSACTIONS

12/20/10: The Los Angeles Kings (NHL) assigned center Oscar Moller to the Manchster Monarchs (AHL).

12/19/10: The Los Angeles Kings (NHL) assigned right wing John Zeiler to the Manchester Monarchs (AHL).

12/11/10: The Manchester Monarchs (AHL) signed defenseman Jordan Hill to a professional tryout agreement.

12/10/10: The Los Angeles Kings (NHL) recalled center Oscar Moller from the Manchester Monarchs (AHL).

12/8/10: The Manchester Monarchs (AHL) released right wing Zach Harnden from his AHL contract.

12/1/10: The Los Angeles Kings (NHL) assigned left wing Dwight King to the Manchester Monarchs (AHL).

MONARCHS PROMOTIONS

Player Appearance At Wings Your Way - Join three Monarchs players at Wings Your Way on Tuesday, January 4 from 6:30 - 7:45 p.m. as they sign autographs and take pictures with fans.

Viewing Party At Wings Your Way - If you can't make the trip to Providence to watch the Monarchs battle the Bruins on Friday, January 7 at 7:05 p.m., then head over to Wings Your Way to watch the game live on their televisions!

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