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March 31, 2014 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Manchester Monarchs News Release

LAST WEEK'S HIGHLIGHTS

vs. Worcester (3/28): Right wing Brian O'Neill tallied twice and defenseman Colin Miller picked up three assists as the Manchester Monarchs clinched a playoff berth in the 2014 Calder Cup Playoffs with a 5-1 victory over the Worcester Sharks at the Verizon Wireless Arena on Friday evening. Right wings James Livingston and Steve Quailer, and forward Hunter Bishop each added a goal for the Monarchs. Defenseman Dylan DeMelo recorded the lone score for the Sharks. Monarchs netminder J.F. Berube (26-15-2) earned his 26th win of the season, stopping 27-of-28 shots he faced. Sharks goaltender Harri Sateri (17-22-1) took his 22nd loss of the season with 21 saves on 26 shots. Manchester was 2-for-5 on the power play. Worcester went 0-for-4 with the man advantage.

@ Portland (3/29): The Manchester Monarchs gave up four power play goals to the Portland Pirates as they dropped a 7-5 decision at the Androscoggins Bank Colisee on Saturday night. The Monarchs lead the Pirates, 6-3-0-0, in the VIP Cup Series. Right wing Brian O'Neill had another two-goal performance and was joined by left wing Andy Andreoff, center Jordan Weal, and right wing Sean Backman on the scoreboard for the Monarchs. Left wing Jordan Martinook and center Tim Kennedy registered two goals apiece while center Andy Miele, right wing Brandon Yip, and defenseman Andy Jones added tallies for the Pirates. Monarchs goaltender Patrik Bartosak (0-1-0) made his professional debut and took his first loss of the season in relief duty, stopping seven-of-eight shots. Manchester netminder J.F.Berube (26-15-2) stopped 8-of-13 shots he faced before being replaced by Bartosak. Pirates goaltender Chris Rawlings (1-2-0) earned his first win of the season with 23 saves on 28 shots. Manchester was 1-for-4 on the power play. Portland went 4-for-8 with the man advantage.

MONARCHS NEWS & NOTES

The Manchester Monarchs (43-18-2-6) are ranked first in the Atlantic Division with 94 points. The St. John's IceCaps (41-22-1-4) rank second in the division with 87 points. The Providence Bruins (36-23-2-7) sit in third place in the Atlantic Division with 81 points. The Worcester Sharks (33-30-3-1) are ranked fourth in the Atlantic Division with 70 points. The Portland Pirates (24-32-2-8) sit in fifth place in the division with 58 points.

The Monarchs are tied 23rd place in the American Hockey League on the power play with 44 goals on 279 attempts. Manchester is ranked 21st in the league on the penalty kill stopping their opponent 238-of-295 times.

The Monarchs have had the most success on Saturdays (18-6-0-1).

The Monarchs are undefeated in regulation (11-0-0-1) in their last 12 home games.

Center Jordan Weal (18-45=63) leads the Monarchs with 45 assists and 63 points.

Weal is ranked fourth in the AHL with 45 assists.

Weal is tied for seventh place in the AHL with 63 points.

Weal ranks second on the Monarchs with 18 goals.

Weal is also tied for third place amongst forwards in the AHL with a plus/minus rating of plus-23

Center Linden Vey (12-32=44) ranks second on the Monarchs with 44 points.

Vey ranks second on the team with 32 assists.

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

Right wing Brian O'Neill (25-18=43) ranks third on the Monarchs with 43 points.

O'Neill leads the team with 25 goals this season.

O'Neill, right wing Zach O'Brien (10-16=26), and right wing Tyler Toffoli (15-8=23) are tied for first place on the Monarchs with four game-winning goals each.

O'Neill 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.

O'Neill has 12 points (9-3=12) in his last six games and 12 goals in his last nine games.

O'Neill also is tied for first place amongst forwards in the AHL with a plus/minus rating of plus-24.

Forward Nick Shore (14-23=37) ranks fourth on the Monarchs with 37 points.

Shore ranks fourth on the team with 23 assists.

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

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

Pearson has recorded two goals and two assists for four points in 20 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 (10-20=30) is ranked seventh on the Monarchs with 30 points.

Andreoff leads the Monarchs with 122 penalty minutes.

Defenseman Andrew Bodnarchuk (7-20=27) is ranked eighth on the Monarchs with 27 points.

Bodnarchuk ranks second on the Monarchs and third in the AHL with a plus/minus rating of plus-36.

O'Brien ranks ninth on the Monarchs with 26 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.

Right wings Sean Backman (8-16=24) and Scott Sabourin (10-14=24) are tied for 10th place on the Monarchs with 24 points each.

Toffoli ranks 12th on the team with 23 points.

Toffoli has 12 goals and 17 assists for 29 points in 55 games with the Kings. He was recalled to Los Angeles on Tuesday, February 18.

Right wing James Livingston (7-14=21) is 13th on the Monarchs with 21 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-37 rating.

Defenseman Andrew Campbell (3-12=15) is the all-time games played leader in Monarchs history with 413 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 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 17 games with the Kings, Jones has collected a record of 11-5-0, a .933 save percentage, a 1.91 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 second 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 J.F. 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 26-15-2 record with a 2.45 goals-against-average and a .912 save percentage in 44 games with the Monarchs this season.

Berube is ranked fifth in the AHL with 2548:52 minutes played, tied for third place with 26 wins, and ranked 11th with 1074 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, March 14.

Berube was recalled by the Kings for the first time on February 7. He was reassigned to Manchester on Monday, February 24.

Monarchs Promotions

Fan Appreciation Night - The Monarchs are celebrating the best fans in the AHL when they host the Portland Pirates at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 12. The last regular season home game will feature giveaways all night long, including a special lunchbox giveaway for the first 2,000 fans, courtesy of Northeast Delta Dental.

Monarchs Transactions

3/25/14 - The Manchester Monarchs (AHL) signed defenseman Ben Danford to an amateur tryout agreement.

3/25/14 - The Manchester Monarchs (AHL) signed defenseman Brendan Ellis to a professional tryout agreement.

3/25/14 - The Manchester Monarchs (AHL) loaned goaltender Mathias Niederberger to the Ontario Reign (ECHL).

3/22/14 - The Los Angeles Kings (NHL) loaned goaltender Patrik Bartosak to the Manchester Monarchs (AHL).


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