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May 5, 2014 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Manchester Monarchs News Release

LAST WEEK'S HIGHLIGHTS

@ Norfolk (4/30): Center Maxime Sauve scored at 14:51 of overtime to give the Norfolk Admirals a 1-0 victory over the Manchester Monarchs in Game 3 of the 2014 Calder Cup Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at the Norfolk Scope Arena on Wednesday night. Monarchs goaltender J.F. Berube (1-2) took his second loss of the postseason, stopping all 30-of-31 shots. Admirals netminder John Gibson (2-1) earned his second victory and first shutout of the playoffs, stopping all 35 shots he faced in the game. Manchester was 0-for-4 on the power play. Norfolk went 0-for-3 with the man advantage.

@ Norfolk (5/2): The Norfolk Admirals ended the Manchester Monarchs playoff hopes with a 3-2 victory in Game 4 of the 2014 Calder Cup Eastern Conference Quarterfinals to win the series, 3-1, at the Norfolk Scope Arena on Friday night. Left wing Andy Andreoff and defenseman Andrew Campbell each recorded one goal for the Monarchs. Left wing Nic Kerdiles and centers Chris Wagner and Maxime Sauve each tallied for the Admirals. Monarchs netminder J.F. Berube (1-3) took his third loss of the playoffs, stopping 19-of-22 shots. Admirals goaltender John Gibson (3-1) earned his third victory of the playoffs, making 17 saves on 19 shots he faced in the game. Manchester was 1-for-5 on the power play. Norfolk went 0-for-3 with the man advantage.

MONARCHS NEWS & NOTES

The Manchester Monarchs were eliminated by the Norfolk Admirals, 3-1, after four games in the 2014 Calder Cup Eastern Conference Quarterfinals . Manchester had a 2-2-0-0 record against the Admirals during the regular season. The home team won in all four contests between the two teams.

Manchester has an 0-for-2 all-time postseason series record against the Admirals, also falling, 3-1, to Norfolk in the 2012 Calder Cup Easter Conference Quarterfinals.

The Monarchs have been eliminated in the first round of the playoffs the last four seasons. The last time that Manchester won a playoff series was when the Monarchs defeated the Worcester Sharks, 4-2 in the 2010 Atlantic Division Final. The Monarchs finished the playffs ranked 15th in the American Hockey League on the power play with one goal on 17 attempts this postseason. Manchester ranked fourth in the league on the penalty kill stopping their opponent 9-of-10 times in the playoffs.

Left wing Andy Andreoff (1-3=2) and center Jordan Weal (0-3=3) finished the postseason tied for first place on the Monarchs with three points each.

Weal led the team with three assists during the playoffs.

Andreoff, right wing Sean Backman (1-0=1), forward Nic Dowd (1-0=1) and defenseman Andrew Campbell (1-0=1) finished the postseason tied for second place on the Monarchs with one goal each.

Andreoff and center Linden Vey (0-2=2) were tied for second place on the team with two assists each.

Vey and right wing Zach O'Brien (2-0=2) were tied for second place on the team with two points each.

Vey was recalled by the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday, May 4.

O'Brien led the team with two goals this postseason.

O'Brien and Backman each scored the first postseason goal of their professional careers on Friday, April 25.

Backman, Dowd, Campbell, right wing Steve Quailer (0-1=1), forward Michael Mersch (0-1=1), defenseman Brayden McNabb 0-1=1), and center Nick Shore (0-1=1) were tied for fifth place on the Monarchs with one point each this postseason.

Mersch, Dowd, Shore, Quailer, O'Brien, right wing Scott Sabourin (0-0=0), right wing James Livingston (0-0=0), defenseman Derek Forbort (0-0=0), and Monarchs goaltender J.F. Berube (1-3) each made their postseason debut against Norfolk on Friday, April 25.

Mersch registered the first postseason point of his professional career with an assist on Friday, April 25.

Dowd scored the first goal of his professional career on Saturday, April 26.

Quailer and Shore each recorded the first postseason point of their career by tallying an assist on Saturday, April 26.

Quailer, Mersch, Shore, Vey, Weal, and McNabb are tied for fourth on the team with one assist each.

Defenseman Colin Miller (0-0=0) made his postseason debut on Saturday, April 26.

Miller (0-0=0) ranked first the Monarchs with six penalty minutes during the playoffs.

Defenseman Jeff Schultz (0-0=0) led the team with a plus-2 rating during the postseason. He was recalled to the Los Angeles on Wednesday, April 30.

Campbell is now tied for second place on the Monarchs all-time postseason games played list with 35 games after playing in four games this postseason. He is six games behind John Zeiler, who appeared in 41 playoff games with the Monarchs in four seasons.

Berube earned the first win and shutout of his postseason career in his first-ever start in the playoffs, stopping all 30 shots he faced in the Monarchs' 2-0 victory on Friday, April 25. It was the eighth postseason shutout in franchise history and the first since Jonathan Bernier saved 18 shots in a 1-0 victory over the Hershey Bears in the 2010 Calder Cup Eastern Conference Finals on May 18, 2010.

Berube became the third Monarchs goaltender in franchise history to record a shutout in his first postseason start in net, joining netminders Barry Brust and Adam Hauser.

Brust registered 39 saves in a 1-0 victory over Hartford on April 18, 2006. Hauser saved all 25 shots he faced in a 2-0 win over the Worcester Sharks exactly two years earlier on April 18, 2004.

After four games against Norfolk, Berube now ranks in the top 10 all-time in the following Monarchs postseason goaltending categories: Games played - 4 - ninth place

Minutes - 252:14 - ninth place

Wins - 1 - tied for eighth place

Losses - 3 - tied for seventh place

Goals-against-average - 1.67 - second place

Save percentage - 0.936 - second place

Shutouts - 1 - tied for third place

Saves - 103 - ninth place

Monarchs Transactions

5/4/14 - The Los Angeles Kings (NHL) recalled center Colin Fraser from the Monchester Monarchs (AHL).

5/4/14 - The Los Angeles Kings (NHL) recalled goaltender J.F. Berube from the Monchester Monarchs (AHL).

5/4/14 - The Los Angeles Kings (NHL) recalled defenseman Andrew Bodnarchuk from the Monchester Monarchs (AHL).

5/4/14 - The Los Angeles Kings (NHL) recalled defenseman Andrew Campbell from the Monchester Monarchs (AHL).

5/4/14 - The Los Angeles Kings (NHL) recalled defenseman Brayden McNabb from the Monchester Monarchs (AHL).

5/4/14 - The Los Angeles Kings (NHL) recalled center Linden Vey from the Monchester Monarchs (AHL).

4/30/14 - The Los Angeles Kings (NHL) recalled defenseman Jeff Schultz from the Monchester Monarchs (AHL).

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