SPRINGFIELD, MA/MANCHESTER, NH –
The American Hockey League announced today that Jonathan Bernier
of the Manchester Monarchs has been named the Reebok X-Pulse/AHL Goaltender of the Month for March. Bernier appeared in 12 of the Monarchs' 13 games during the month, going 6-5-1 with a 1.97 goals-against-average, a .927 save percentage and two shutouts.
Bernier began the month with five consecutive victories, allowing a total of six goals in those starts. He posted a 24-save shutout in a 1-0 overtime win vs. Hartford on Mar. 6, and was named the game's third star after stopping 27-of-29 shots in a 3-1 loss to Lowell on Mar. 13. Bernier helped keep the AHL's top offense at bay with 37 saves, allowing only two power-play goals, in a 3-2 shootout loss to Hershey on Mar. 22, and turned aside all 18 Lowell shots in a 3-0 victory on Mar. 24.
In recognition of his achievement, Bernier will be presented with an etched crystal award prior to an upcoming Monarchs home game.
Bernier has made 48 appearances for Manchester this season, going 20-22-4 with a 2.45 goals-against-average and a .911 save percentage. He is also tied for the lead among AHL rookies with four shutouts. Los Angeles's first-round pick (11th overall) in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, the 20-year-old native of Laval, Que., made his pro debut with the Kings last season, playing in four NHL games. Other nominees for Reebok X-Pulse/AHL Goaltender of the Month include Binghamton's Jeff Glass, Bridgeport's Nathan Lawson, Chicago's Ondrej Pavelec, Grand Rapids' Jimmy Howard, Hamilton's Marc Denis, Hartford's Miika Wiikman, Houston's Nolan Schaefer, Iowa's David LeNeveu, Lake Erie's Tyler Weiman, Lowell's Jeff Frazee, Manitoba's Cory Schneider, Milwaukee's Mark Dekanich, Philadelphia's Scott Munroe, Portland's Jhonas Enroth, Providence's Tuukka Rask, Quad City's Leland Irving, Rochester's Mike Brodeur, Rockford's Antti Niemi, San Antonio's Al Montoya and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton's John Curry.