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March 17, 2014 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Manchester Monarchs News Release

LAST WEEK'S HIGHLIGHTS

vs. Bridgeport (3/14): Right wings Brian O'Neill and Zach O'Brien led the way with five combined goals as the Manchester Monarchs ran away from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, 7-0, at the Verizon Wireless Arena on Friday night. Forwards Hunter Bishop and Nick Shore each added a tally to O'Neill's hat trick and O'Brien's pair of goals. Monarchs netminder J.F. Berube (23-14-2) earned his 23rd win of the season, stopping all 23 shots he faced for his second shutout of the year. Sound Tigers goaltender Kenny Reiter (10-10-2) suffered his 10th loss of the season with 36 saves on 43 shots. Manchester was 3-for-8 on the power play. Bridgeport went 0-for-2 with the man advantage.

@ Worcester (3/16): The Manchester Monarchs ended their four-game winning streak with a 5-1 loss to the Worcester Sharks the DCU Center on Sunday afternoon. Center Andrew Crescenzi scored the lone goal for the Monarchs. Right wing Daniil Tarasov registered two goals while left wing Mike Pereira, and centers Travis Oleksuk and Brock Higgs each scored for the Sharks. Monarchs goaltender J.F. Berube (23-15-2) took his 15th loss of the season, stopping 11-of-15 shots in just over 32 minutes of play. Netminder Mathias Niederberger (1-1-1) stopped five-of-six shots in relief duty for Manchester. Sharks netminder Harri Sateri (16-20-1) earned his 16th win of the season with 26 saves on 27 shots. Manchester was 0-for-4 on the power play. Worcester went 2-for-4 with the man advantage.

MONARCHS NEWS & NOTES

The Manchester Monarchs (40-17-2-6) are ranked first in the Atlantic Division with 88 points. The St. John's IceCaps (38-20-1-3) rank second in the division with 80 points. The Providence Bruins (33-22-2-7) sit in third place in the Atlantic Division with 75 points. The Worcester Sharks (30-27-3-1) are ranked fourth in the Atlantic Division with 64 points. The Portland Pirates (22-30-2-8) sit in fifth place in the division with 54 points.

The Monarchs are ranked 26th in the American Hockey League on the power play with 38 goals on 264 attempts. Manchester is ranked 19th in the league on the penalty kill stopping their opponent 221-of-273 times.

The Monarchs have had the most success on Saturdays (17-5-0-1).

Manchester currently leads the Eastern Conference and the AHL with 88 points through 65 games this season.

The Monarchs are undefeated in regulation (9-0-0-1) in their last 10 home games.

Center Jordan Weal (16-40=56) leads the Monarchs with 40 assists and 56 points.

Weal is ranked fifth in the AHL with 40 assists.

Weal is tied for seventh place in the AHL with 56 points.

Weal ranks third on the Monarchs with 16 goals this season.

Weal and right wing Brian O'Neill (19-15=34) are tied for second place amongst forwards in the AHL with a plus/minus rating of plus-22 Center Linden Vey (11-28=39) ranks second on the Monarchs with 39 points.

Vey ranks second on the team with 28 assists.

Vey has also collected five assists in 18 games with the Los Angeles Kings this season.

Forward Nick Shore (14-21=35) ranks third on the Monarchs with 35 points.

Shore ranks fourth on the team with 21 assists. O'Neill ranks fourth on the Monarchs with 34 points.

O'Neill leads the team with 19 goals this season.

O'Neill, right wing Zach O'Brien (9-16=25), and right wing Tyler Toffoli (15-8=23) are tied for first place on the Monarchs with four game- winning goals each.

O'Neill has registered his first two professional hat tricks in consecutive weekends, collecting three goals in both the Monarchs 4-2 win over the Adirondack Phantoms on Friday, March 7 and in a 7-0 victory over the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Friday, March 14.

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

Pearson ranks second on the team with 17 goals.

Pearson has recorded one point, a goal, in 13 games with the Kings this season. He was recalled to Los Angeles on Tuesday, February 18.

Defenseman Brayden McNabb (7-24=31) is ranked sixth on the Monarchs with 31 points.

McNabb's 24 assists are third on the team.

Left wing Andy Andreoff (9-18') is ranked seventh on the Monarchs with 27 points.

Andreoff leads the Monarchs with 120 penalty minutes.

O'Brien ranks eighth on the Monarchs with 25 points this season.

O'Brien recorded his first four-point game of the season, collecting two goals and two assists against Bridgeport on Friday, March 14.

Defenseman Andrew Bodnarchuk (6-18$) is ranked ninth on the Monarchs with 24 points.

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

Toffoli and right wing Scott Sabourin (10-13=23) are tied for 10th place on the Monarchs with 23 points each.

Toffoli has 11 goals and 13 assists for 24 points in 48 games with the Kings. He was recalled to Los Angeles on Tuesday, February 18.

Right wing Sean Backman (7-12=19) ranks 12th on the Monarchs with 19 points.

Right wing James Livingston (6-12=18) is 13th on the Monarchs with 18 points this season.

Defenseman Vincent LoVerde (2-15=17) ranks 14th on the team with 17 points.

LoVerde leads the Monarchs and ranks second in the AHL with a plus-36 rating.

Defenseman Andrew Campbell (3-11=14) is the all-time games played leader in Monarchs history with 409 games played. He is the only player in franchise history to play in at least 400 games.

Center Colin Fraser (3-2=5) 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 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 16 games with the Kings, Jones has collected a record of 10-5-0, a .932 save percentage, a 1.90 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 is tied for the lead amongst all AHL goaltenders with a .928 save percentage this season and ranks third 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 23-15-2 record with a 2.44 goals-against-average and a .913 save percentage in 40 games with the Monarchs this season.

Berube is ranked fifth in the AHL with 2333:04 minutes played, third with 23 wins, and ranked 12th with 1002 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 recorded his second shutout by stopping all 23 shots he faced the 7-0 victory over Bridgeport on Friday. He was recalled by the Kings for the first time on February 7. He was reassigned to Manchester on Monday, February 24.

Monarchs Promotions

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Monarchs Transactions

3/5/14 - The Los Angeles Kings (NHL) loaned right wing James Livingston to the Manchester Monarchs (AHL).

3/5/14 - The Los Angeles Kings (NHL) loaned defenseman Brayden McNabb to the Manchester Monarchs (AHL).

3/5/14 - The Los Angeles Kings (NHL) recalled left wing Nick Deslauriers from the Manchester Monarchs (AHL) and traded him to the Buffalo Sabres (NHL).

3/5/14 - The Los Angeles Kings (NHL) reassigned center Linden Vey to the Manchester Monarchs (AHL).


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