Monarchs Weekly Report
LAST WEEK'S HIGHLIGHTS
vs. Providence (1/23): The Manchester Monarchs extended their winning streak to four games and shutout the Providence Bruins, 3-0, at the Verizon Wireless Arena on Wednesday night. The Monarchs received goals from left wing Marc-Andre Cliche, right wing Anthony Stewart and center Linden Vey. Monarchs goaltender Martin Jones (11-13-2) earned his fourth shutout and 11th victory of the season stopping all 42 shots. Providence goaltender Michael Hutchinson (4-10-1) took his 10th loss of the season making 21 saves on 23 shots. Manchester went 0-for-3 on the power play. Providence was 0-for-5 with the man advantage.
@ Connecticut (1/25): The Manchester Monarchs saw their four-game winning streak come to an end as they fell to the Connecticut Whale, 4-1, at the XL Center on Friday night. Center Linden Vey scored the lone goal for the Monarchs. Connecticut scored goals from left wing Brandon Mashinter, right wing Brandon Segal, right wing Christian Thomas and defenseman Mike Vernace. Monarchs netminder Peter Mannino (10-6-0) took his sixth loss of the season making 28 saves on 32 shots. Whale goaltender Cameron Talbot (14-17-0) earned his 14th victory of the season stopping 28-of-29 shots. Manchester went 0-for-1 on the power play. Connecticut went 1-for-3 with the man advantage.
@ Portland (1/26): The Manchester Monarchs could not overcome two first period goals as they fell to the Portland Pirates, 3-1, in game eight of the VIP Cup, presented by VIP Parts, Tires and Service, at the Cumberland County Civic Center on Saturday night. The rivalry series is tied 4-4. Right wing Tyler Toffoli scored the lone goal for the Monarchs. Portland received goals from right wing Chris Conner, left wing Darian Dziurzynski and defenseman Chris Summers. Monarchs goaltender Martin Jones (11-14-2) took his 14th loss of the season making 27 saves on 30 shots. Pirates netminder Mike Lee (2-0-0) earned his second victory of the season stopping 31-of-32 shots. Manchester went 0-for-5 on the power play. Portland went 1-for-3 with the man advantage.
MONARCHS NEWS & NOTES
The Portland Pirates (25-16-1-1) sit in first place in the Atlantic Division with 52 points. The Providence Bruins (22-16-0-3) are in second place in the division with 47 points. The Manchester Monarchs (21-19-2-2) rank third in the division with 46 points. The Worcester Sharks (20-17-1-4) are in fourth place in the division with 45 points. The St. John's IceCaps (19-22-1-2) sit in fifth place in the division with 41 points.
MONARCHS NEWS & NOTES (CONTINUED)
Atlantic Division GP W L OTL SOL PTS PCT
1 Portland Pirates 43 25 16 1 1 52 0.605
2 Providence Bruins 41 22 16 0 3 47 0.573
3 Manchester Monarchs 44 21 19 2 2 46 0.523
4 Worcester Sharks 42 20 17 1 4 45 0.536
5 St. John's IceCaps 44 19 22 1 2 41 0.466
The Monarchs are 9-9-0-1 on the road and are 12-10-2-1 at home this season.
Manchester is 11-3-0-0 overall when they play on a Saturday this season.
The Monarchs had a four-game winning streak end with a 4-1 loss to the Connecticut Whale last Friday.
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 are ranked fifth in the American Hockey League when faced with a penalty kill on the road (86.6%).
Manchester is 7-4-0-0 to begin the new calendar year.
Center Linden Vey (11-26=37) leads the team with 26 assists and 37 points.
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 has 18 points (4-14=18) in his last 16 games.
Vey's 26 assists are tied for sixth among league skaters.
Vey leads the team with 10 power play assists.
Right wing Tyler Toffoli (20-13=33) is second on the team with 33 points.
Toffoli was named the Monarchs representative on the 2013 Dunkin' Donuts AHL All-Star Classic Roster 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 his second hat trick of the season and second against the Pirates in a 5-3 victory on Saturday, December 22.
Toffoli has nine goals in eight games against the Pirates this season, which also leads all VIP Cup skaters.
Toffoli leads the team and AHL rookie skaters with 20 goals this season.
Toffoli's 20 goals are also tied for second among league skaters.
Toffoli's 33 points rank sixth in the league among rookie skaters.
Toffoli leads the team with five power play goals this season.
Toffoli has six goals and four assists for 10 points in his last nine games.
Toffoli leads the team with 125 shots on goal this season.
Toffoli also leads the team in plus/minus with plus-15.
Right wing Brandon Kozun (11-18=29) is in third place on the team with 29 points.
Kozun is ranked third on the team with 18 assists.
Kozun is tied with Vey for second on the team with 11 goals this season.
Kozun leads the team with four game-winning goals this season which is tied for 10th place in the AHL.
Kozun tallied the 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 and versus the Bruins on Saturday, January 19.
Left wing Tanner Pearson (10-19=29) ranks fourth on the Monarchs with 29 points.
Pearson had a four-game point streak (3-4=7) snapped in a 2-1 loss against the Bruins on Sunday, January 13. The streak matched his season best of four games from November 24 "" December 1, 2012.
Pearson is third on the team in plus/minus with a plus-12.
Center Andrei Loktionov (7-15=22) is in fifth place on the Monarchs with 22 points.
Loktionov leads the team and is tied for fourth in the AHL with two shorthanded goals this season.
Left wing Dwight King (5-12=17) ranks sixth on the Monarchs with 17 points.
King is tied for third place among league skaters with two shorthanded assists this season.
King was recalled by the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday, January 15.
Left wing Marc-Andre Cliche (8-8=16) is tied with defenseman Slava Voynov (7-9=16) for seventh place on the Monarchs with 16 points each.
Cliche ranks second on the Monarchs all-time games played list with 326.
Cliche has scored 66 goals in his career with the Monarchs which is tied for seventh place on the franchise's all-time goals scored list.
Cliche ranks ninth on the Monarchs all-time points list with 147 and ranks ninth on the franchise's all-time assist list with 81.
Voynov's seven goals lead team defensemen.
Voynov rejoined the Kings on Tuesday, January 15.
Right wing Stefan Legein (3-11=14) is in ninth place on the Monarchs with 14 points.
Defenseman Andrew Bodnarchuk (3-9=12) and defenseman Thomas Hickey (3-9=12) are tied for 10th place on the Monarchs with 12 points each.
Bodnarchuk was recalled by the Kings on Monday, January 21.
Hickey was picked up off waivers by the New York Islanders on Tuesday, January 15.
Bodnarchuk is tied with Voynov, Hickey and defenseman Jake Muzzin (2-9=11) for the team lead amongst blueliners with nine assists each.
Muzzin was recalled by the Kings on Sunday, January 13.
Defenseman Nick Deslauriers (3-8=11) is tied with center Andy Andreoff (6-5=11) and Muzzin for 12th place on the Monarchs with 11 points each.
Five points (2-3=5) of Andreoff's 11 this season have come during the month of January.
Defenseman David Kolomatis (4-6=10) is tied with center Jordan Weal (6-4=10) for 15th place on the Monarchs with 10 points each.
Three of Kolomatis' four 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.
Weal has five goals and two assists for seven points in 10 games for the month of January.
Weal scored in back-to-back games for the first time in his professional career with goals on January 5 and January 11.
Right wing Brian O'Neill (2-7=9) is in 17th place on the Monarchs with nine points.
Six points (1-5=6) of O'Neill's nine (2-7=9) this season have come during the month of January.
Defenseman Bryan Rodney (2-6=8) is in 18th place on the Monarchs with eight points.
Left wing Richard Clune (2-5=7) is in 19th place on the Monarchs with seven points.
Clune leads 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.
Left wing Jordan Nolan (2-4=6) and defenseman Andrew Campbell (0-6=6) are tied for 20th place on the Monarchs with six points each.
Nolan was recalled by the Kings on Sunday, January 13.
Campbell is second on the team in plus-minus with plus-13.
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 323 games rank third on the Monarchs all-time games played list.
Center Robbie Czarnik (3-0=3) is tied with left wing David Meckler (1-2=3) for 22nd place on the Monarchs with three points.
Meckler tallied his first goal of the season in a 5-2 victory against the Pirates on Sunday, January 20.
Meckler's goal was the 75th tally of his Monarchs career ranking second on the franchise all-time list.
Meckler holds the franchise record for games played with 363 in a Monarchs uniform. Meckler's 350th game came against the Pirates on Sunday, November 25.
Defenseman Vincent LoVerde (0-1=1) is tied with right wing Anthony Stewart (1-0=1) for 24th place on the Monarchs with one point.
The Monarchs signed LoVerde to a professional tryout agreement on Wednesday, January 9.
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.
Right wing Justin Johnson (0-0=0) has 10 penalty minutes in seven games this season. Last season, Johnson had 187 penalty minutes in 41 games.
Defenseman Chris Huxley (0-0=0) made his Monarchs and AHL debut in a 3-0 victory over the Bruins on Wednesday, January 23.
The Monarchs signed Huxley to a professional tryout agreement on Tuesday, January 22.
Goaltender Martin Jones (11-14-2) has a 2.44 goals-against-average, a 0.919 save percentage and has stopped 741-of-806 shots attempted in 27 games 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.
Goaltender Peter Mannino (10-6-0) has a 2.38 goal-against-average and a 0.923 save percentage in 19 games this season.
Mannino's 2.38 goals-against-average and 0.926 save percentage rank 14th and seventh among league netminders, respectively.
Pink In The Rink "" The Monarchs Care Foundation and the Catholic Medical Center are once again teaming up to raise awareness and money in the fight against breast cancer at their third annual Pink In The Rink game. Join the Monarchs when they host the Providence Bruins at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 9 to support the cause. The night will feature pink ice and specialty pink jerseys that will be auctioned off after the game's conclusion.
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