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March 3, 2014 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Manchester Monarchs News Release

LAST WEEK'S HIGHLIGHTS

@ Norfolk (2/28): The Manchester Monarchs comeback fell short as they dropped a 3-2 decision to the Norfolk Admirals at the Norfolk Scope on Friday night. Forward Nick Shore and defenseman Andrew Bodnarchuk tallied for the Monarchs. Center Rickard Rakell, right wing Emerson Etem and defenseman Sami Vatanen each registered one goal for the Admirals. Monarchs goaltender Mathias Niederberger (1-1-1) took his first regulation loss of the season, stopping 19-of-22 shots. Admirals netminder Viktor Fasth (2-2-0) earned his second win of the season with 26 saves on 28 shots. Manchester was 0-for-4 on the power play. Norfolk went 2-for-6 with the man advantage.

@ Norfolk (3/1): The Manchester Monarchs could not figure out netminder Viktor Fasth as they fell to the Norfolk Admirals, 4-1, at the Norfolk Scope on Saturday night. Center Hunter Bishop scored the lone goal for the Monarchs. Centers Antoine Laganiere, David Steckel, and Chris Wagner joined defenseman Steve Eminger on the scoreboard for the Admirals. Monarchs netminder J.F. Berube (19-14-2) took his 14th loss of the season, stopping 28-of-32 shots. Fasth (3-2-0) earned his third win of the season with 26 saves on 27 shots. Manchester was 0-for-1 on the power play. Norfolk went 1-for-4 with the man advantage.

MONARCHS NEWS & NOTES

The Manchester Monarchs (36-16-2-6) are ranked first in the Atlantic Division with 80 points. The St. John's IceCaps (34-19-1-3) rank second in the division with 72 points. The Providence Bruins (31-20-1-6) sit in third place in the Atlantic Division with 69 points. The Worcester Sharks (24-27-3-1) are ranked fourth in the Atlantic Division with 52 points. The Portland Pirates (21-26-2-7) sit in fifth place in the division with 51 points.

The Monarchs are tied for 26th place in the American Hockey League on the power play with 34 goals on 241 attempts. Manchester is ranked 20th in the league on the penalty kill stopping their opponent 205-of-252 times.

The Monarchs have had the most success on Saturdays (16-5-0-1).

Manchester currently leads the Eastern Conference and the AHL with 80 points through 60 games this season.

The Monarchs are currently on a two-game losing streak after dropping consecutive games to the Norfolk Admirals by scores of 3-2 on Friday and 4-1 on Saturday. The last time the Monarchs lost two straight games was when the team fell 3-1 against the Bruins on December 31 and then 5-4 in overtime against the Binghamton Senators on January 1.

Center Jordan Weal (15-35=50) leads the Monarchs with 35 assists and 50 points.

Weal is tied for seventh place in the AHL with 35 assists.

Weal ranks 10th in the AHL with 50 points.

Weal and right wing Tyler Toffoli (15-8=23) are tied for third on the Monarchs with 15 goals each.

Weal is ranked fourth amongst all forwards in the AHL with a plus/minus rating of plus-18 Left wing Nick Deslauriers (18-21=39) ranks second on the Monarchs with 39 points.

Deslauriers leads the Monarchs with 18 goals this season.

Deslauriers also leads the Monarchs and the AHL with 217 shots on goal.

Deslauriers ranks third on the team with 21 assists and 76 penalty minutes. Center Linden Vey (11-24=35) ranks third on the team with 35 points.

Vey ranks second on the team with 24 assists.

Vey has also collected five assists in 18 games with the Kings this season. He was recalled to Los Angeles on Tuesday, February 18.

Left wing Tanner Pearson (17-15=32) is ranked fourth on the Monarchs with 32 points.

Pearson ranks second on the team with 17 goals this season.

Pearson has recorded one point, a goal, in 10 games with the Kings this season. He was recalled to Los Angeles on Tuesday, February 18.

Forward Nick Shore (11-20=31) ranks fifth on the Monarchs with 31 points.

Shore ranks fourth on the team with 20 assists. Right wing Brian O'Neill (13-15=28) ranks sixth on the Monarchs with 28 points.

O'Neill is ranked fifth on the Monarchs with 13 goals.

O'Neill and Deslauriers are tied for third on the Monarchs with three game-winning goals.

O'Neill is tied for first place amongst forwards in the AHL with a plus/minus rating of plus-20 rating.

Left wing Andy Andreoff (8-17=25) is ranked seventh on the Monarchs with 25 points.

Andreoff leads the Monarchs with 115 penalty minutes.

Toffoli (15-8=23) is ranked eighth on the Monarchs with 23 points.

Toffoli is tied with right wing Zach O'Brien (7-10=17) for first place on the Monarchs with four game-winning goals each.

Toffoli has 10 goals and 11 assists for 21 points in 42 games with the Kings. He was recalled to Los Angeles on Tuesday, February 18.

Defenseman Andrew Bodnarchuk (6-16=22) and right wing Scott Sabourin (10-12=22) are tied for ninth place on the Monarchs with 22 points each.

Bodnarchuk ranks second on the Monarchs and third overall in the AHL with a plus/minus rating of plus-33.

Defensemen Vincent LoVerde (2-15=17), right wing Sean Backman (7-10=17), and O'Brien (7-10=17) are tied for 11th place on the Monarchs with 17 points each.

LoVerde leads the Monarchs and the AHL with a plus-35 rating.

Defenseman Andrew Campbell (2-9=11) is the all-time games played leader in Monarchs history with 404 games played. He is the only player in franchise history to play in at least 400 games.

Center Colin Fraser (2-0=2) made his Monarchs debut against the Springfield Falcons on Friday, February 21. The veteran forward has played in 358 National Hockey League games with the Kings, Edmonton Oilers, and Chicago Blackhawks, and has two Stanley Cup championships on his resume.

Fraser scored his first goal in a Monarchs uniform in a 5-4 victory over the Pirates on Saturday, February 22. The last AHL goal he scored was for the Rockford IceHogs when he collected a goal and two assists in the team's 5-3 win over the Iowa Stars on April 13, 2008.

Goaltender Martin Jones made his NHL debut with the Los Angeles Kings against the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday, December 3. He backstopped the Kings to a 3-2 shootout victory, including going 9-for-9 in the shootout.

Jones picked up his first NHL shutout by stopping all 16 shots he faced in the Kings 3-0 victory over the New York Islanders on Saturday, December 7.

The rookie netminder then stopped all 31 shots he faced in the Kings 6-0 shutout of the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday, December 10.

In 14 games with the Kings, Jones has collected a record of 9-4-0, a .934 save percentage, a 1.88 goals-against-average, and three shutouts. He was recalled to Los Angeles on Monday, February 24. Jones' eight wins tied the NHL record for consecutive winning games to start an NHL career with netminder Bob Froese who won his first eight games with the Philadelphia Flyers during the 1982-83 season.

Jones is the first goaltender in NHL history to allow an average of less than one goal per game while winning the first eight appearances of his career.

Jones is the third goaltender in NHL history to record three shutouts in his first six starts. Goaltender Flat Walsh accomplished the feat with the New York Americans during the 1928-29 season and netminder Frank Brimsek did it with the Boston Bruins during the 1938-39 season.

Jones has an overall record of 16-3-3 with a 2.13 goals-against-average, a .928 save percentage, and two shutouts in 22 games with the Monarchs this season.

Jones leads all AHL goaltenders with a .928 save percentage this season and ranks fourth in the league with a goals-against-average of 2.13.

Jones ranks in the top 10 all-time in the following Monarchs goaltending categories:

Games played - 158 - first place

Wins - 84 - first place

Losses - 57 - first place

Ties/Shootout Losses - 10 - second place

Goals-against-average - 2.42 - eighth place

Save percentage - .921 - tied for seventh place

Shutouts - 12 - third place

Saves - 4,280 - first place

Goaltender Jean-Francois Berube registered a 14-8-2 record in 24 consecutive starts during Jones' first stint with the Kings.

Berube set a franchise record for consecutive appearances by a goaltender with 20 games on December 29. His current record-setting streak sits at 24 consecutive games. He surpassed the feat of 19 games set by netminders Travis Scott from February 19 - March 22, 2003, and Jason LaBarbera from November 19 - December 29, 2006.

Berube has collected a 19-14-2 record with a 2.47 goals-against-average and a .913 save percentage in 35 games with the Monarchs this season.

Berube is ranked sixth in the AHL with 2061:04 minutes played, tied for seventh with 19 wins, and 12th with 887 saves this season.

Berube recorded his first AHL shutout by stopping all 28 shots he faced in the Monarchs 6-0 win over the IceCaps on Saturday, January 18. He was recalled by the Kings for the first time on February 7. He was reassigned to Manchester on Monday, February 24.

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Monarchs Transactions

2/24/14 - The Los Angeles Kings (NHL) reassigned goaltender J.F. Berube to the Manchester Monarchs (AHL)

2/24/14 - The Los Angeles Kings (NHL) recalled goaltender Martin Jones from the Manchester Monarchs (AHL)

2/18/14 - The Los Angeles Kings (NHL) recalled center Tyler Toffoli from the Manchester Monarchs (AHL)

2/18/14 - The Los Angeles Kings (NHL) recalled right wing Linden Vey from the Manchester Monarchs (AHL)

2/18/14 - The Los Angeles Kings (NHL) recalled left wing Tanner Pearson from the Manchester Monarchs (AHL)

2/9/14 - The Los Angeles Kings (NHL) assigned forward Colin Fraser to the Manchester Monarchs (AHL)


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