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by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
A LOOK AHEAD (all times EASTERN)
Day Date Opponent (Time)
Tues. 3/24 at Lowell (7 p.m.)
Fri. 3/27 at Providence (7:05 p.m.)
Sat. 3/28 at Portland (7 p.m.)
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A LOOK BACK
Day Date Opponent Result Monarchs Goals Monarchs Goaltender (Saves/Shots)
Wed. 3/18 vs. PORTLAND 5-2 L Clune, Preissing Bernier (20/24), Taylor (6/6)
Fri. 3/20 at Springfield 4-3 SOL Boyle, Murray, Preissing Taylor (23/26)
Sun. 3/22 vs. HERSHEY 3-2 SOL Lewis, Murray Bernier (37/39)

MONARCHS STATISTICAL LEADERS
This Season/This Week
Points: Murray – 49/Preissing – 5
Goals: Lewis, Purcell – 16/Murray, Preissing – 2
Assists: Murray – 35/Parse, Preissing – 3
Power Play: 57-of-323, 17.6%/3-of-14, 21.4%
Penalty Killing: 282-of-333, 84.7%/7-of-11, 63.6%

GOALIES
Jonathan Bernier 19-20-4 2.47
X – Jonathan Quick 6-5-2 2.68
Daniel Taylor 7-2-2 2.31
X – Jeff Zatkoff 3 1-2-0 2.31

LAST WEEK’S HIGHLIGHTS
Vs. Portland (3/18): The Manchester Monarchs surrendered to the Portland Pirates, 5-2, after three unanswered goals by Portland in the second period at the Verizon Wireless Arena on Wednesday night. Defenseman Tom Preissing and left wing Richard Clune scored for the Monarchs. Left wing Colin Murphy (2), left wing Derek Whitemore, center Felix Schutz and left wing Mathieu Darche tallied for Portland. Manchester went 0-for-4 with an extra attacker while Portland was 1- for-1 with the man advantage. Monarchs’ goaltender Jonathan Bernier stopped 20-of-24 shots, taking his 20th loss, before being replaced by netminder Daniel Taylor who halted 5-of-5 Portland shots. Pirates’ goaltender Jhonas Enroth turned away 39-of-41 Manchester shots for his 20th victory of the year.

At Springfield (3/20): Center Marty Murray scored with just over a minute remaining in regulation to send the game into overtime but the Manchester Monarchs fell 4-3 in a shootout to the Springfield Falcons at the MassMutual Center on Friday night. Left wing Scott Parse was the lone Monarchs shooter to beat Falcons goaltender Devan Dubnyk in the shootout as he denied center Justin Azevedo, left wing Vladimir Dravecky, right wing David Meckler and right wing Trevor Lewis. Manchester’s netminder Daniel Taylor stopped center Ryan Stone and left wing Charles Linglet in the shootout. Left wing Rob Schremp and center Ryan Potulny scored in the shootout for Springfield. Center Brian Boyle, defenseman Tom Preissing and Murray scored for the Monarchs in regulation. Stone and Potulny (2) found the back of the net in regulation for the Falcons. Taylor (7-2-2) took his second shootout loss of the season stopping 23-of-26 shots in regulation and 2-of-4 shootout snipers. Dubnyk (17-36-2) earned his 17th win of the season with 32 regulation saves and four shootout saves. Manchester went 2-for-6 with the man advantage. Springfield was 1-for-7 with the man advantage.

Vs. Hershey (3/22): The Manchester Monarchs lost in a shootout to the Hershey Bears, 3-2, after both teams combined for 88 shots on goal at the Verizon Wireless Arena on Sunday afternoon. Monarchs’ netminder Jonathan Bernier turned away 6-of-9 shootout attempts by the Bears while Hershey’s goaltender Michal Neuvirth was able to stop 7-of-9 Manchester attempts in the shootout loss for the home team. Left wing Matt Moulson and center Brian Boyle scored shootout tallies against Neuvirth. Center Kyle Wilson, right wing Francois Bouchard and center Keith Aucoin tallied for Hershey in the shootout. Left wing Trevor Lewis and center Marty Murray scored for the Monarchs in regulation. Right wing Graham Mink and center Alexandre Giroux scored for Hershey. Bernier stopped 37-of-39 Hershey shots for his fourth shootout loss of the year. Neuvirth halted 47-of-49 Manchester shots for his fifth win of the year. Manchester went 1-for-4 with an extra attacker while Hershey was 2-for-3 with the man advantage.

MONARCHS NEWS & NOTES
The Hartford Wolf Pack (40-26-3-3, 86 points) has pulled ahead of the Providence Bruins (39-25-2-5, 85 points) for first place in the Atlantic Division. Manchester (33-29-0-8, 74 points) is narrowly in third place in the Atlantic Division, ahead of the Portland Pirates (32-29-3-6, 73 points). The Worcester Sharks (34-33-1-2, 71 points) are three points behind the Monarchs and two points behind the Pirates for fifth place in the division. The Lowell Devils (31-30-2-6, 70 points) trail the Sharks by one point for sixth place. The Springfield Falcons sit in last place with 55 points (22-38-7-4).

The Monarchs are 5-3-0-2 in their last 10 games and 0-3-0-2 following a six game winning streak.

The Monarchs are in 12th place in the AHL on the power play. The team is 57-for-323 with the man advantage for a 17.6- percent rating. Manchester has stopped their opponent 282 times on 333 power play opportunities for an 84.7-percent rating this season, good for eighth place.

The Monarchs have a winning record on two days of the week, Wednesdays and Fridays. Manchester is 7-3-0-1 on Wednesdays and 11-7-0-4 on Fridays. The Monarchs are 8-13-0-0 on Saturday’s and 4-5-0-2 on Sunday’s this season. When the Monarchs score first, they have gained a point in every game but six. Manchester is 21-6-0-5 in the 32 games where they have scored first.

Manchester is 18-4-0-3 when they have the lead following the first period. They are 23-3-0-3 when leading after two periods.

The Monarchs are undefeated when scoring four or more goals (15-0-0-0) and are 13-4-0-3 when they tally three goals in a game.

After going 2-4-0-1 in the month of October, the Monarchs went 7-4-0-2 in November, 7-6-0-1 in December and 3-9-0-1 in the month of January. Manchester was 9-3-0-1 in February and has a record of 5-3-0-2 in March. The Monarchs and Hershey Bears combined for 89 shots in Sunday’s 3-2 shootout loss to set a new franchise record for the most combined shots in a game.

Center Marty Murray’s (14-35=49) leads the Monarchs with 35 assists and 49 points. The veteran centerman has nine points (4-5=9) in his last seven games.

Right wing Trevor Lewis (16-24=40) ranks second in overall scoring and tied for first in goal scoring on the team. His 24 assists are also tied for third on the Monarchs. Lewis also leads the Monarchs with three shorthanded goals this season.

Reigning AHL Rookie of the Year right wing Teddy Purcell’s (16-22=38) eight-game scoring streak (7-9=16), the longest scoring streak by a Monarchs player this season, came to an end when he was held off the scoreboard in the 5-2 loss to Providence on Friday, February 20. The longest scoring streak in Monarchs history is center Michael Cammalleri with 25 points (14-11=25) in 14 games from October 29, 2004 – November 27, 2004. Purcell is tied with Lewis as the team’s leading goal scorer with 16 tallies on the season and he ranks third in points with 38. Purcell’s four-points (2-2=4) on Saturday, February 14 made him the 20th player to tally four points in one game. The franchise record for the most points in a game is five points (0-5=5) by center Jared Aulin on December 21, 2002. The second-year right wing was recalled to the Kings on February 23. In 30 games with Los Angeles this season, Purcell has 15 points (4-11=15) and four penalty minutes.

Center Justin Azevedo (10-21=31) picked up four points (1-3=4) in the Monarchs 7-2 win over Lowell on Saturday, February 21 to become the 21st player in Monarchs history to score four points in a game. Azevedo has been plagued by injuries this season but when he has been in the lineup, he’s averaged just shy of a point per game. He ranks seventh on the Monarchs squad in points. The rookie center holds a five-game assist streak (0-6=6) recorded from January 21 – 31, 2009, the longest assist streak for a Monarchs player this season.

Right wing Scott Parse (14-24=38) moved into a tie for third place in scoring with Purcell with 38 points. His 24 assists are tied with Lewis for third on the team. Parse’s five-game point streak came to an end on Sunday, March 22 when he failed to put a point on the scoreboard. He had six points (1-5=6) in five games from March 8 to March 20. Parse leads the Monarchs with a plus/minus rating of plus-9.

Center Gabe Gauthier (9-28=37) is ranked fourth on the Monarchs roster. Gauthier’s 28 assists rank second on the Monarchs squad. Gauthier is also ranked fourth on the Monarchs all-time assists list with 93 helpers over three seasons. He is also ranked 10th in goals scored with 46 tallies and is in seventh place with 139 points.

Left wing Matt Moulson (15-21=36) recorded his second career hat trick, the Monarchs first of the season, in Manchester’s 7-2 win over Lowell on Saturday, February 21. Moulson’s first career hat trick came against Albany in the Monarchs 5-1 win on March 30, 2007. Manchester has 17 hat tricks in the record books during the regular season and one in the playoffs since the franchise began in the 2001-02 season Moulson took over third place in all-time goals scored for the Monarchs from right wing Pavel Rosa with 68 tallies over three seasons. He is also ranked seventh in assists with 81 and tied with center Yanick Lehoux for fifth place all time with 149 points.

Defenseman Tom Preissing (2-3=5) recorded his first multi-point game in a Monarchs uniform when he collected three points (1-2=3) in Friday’s 4-3 shootout loss to the Springfield Falcons. Preissing cleared waivers and joined Manchester from Los Angeles on Wednesday, March 4. He has five points in seven games. Preissing also has two goals and three assists in his last three games.

Left wing Vladimir Dravecky is the only Monarchs player to appear in all 70 games thus far this season. The second-year winger has 22 points (5-17=22) in those 70 games.

Defenseman Alec Martinez leads Monarchs blueliners with 22 points (8-14=22).

Defenseman Davis Drewiske was recalled by the Los Angeles Kings on Friday, March 20. In seven games with the Kings this season, Drewiske has 14 penalty minutes. The rookie blueliner has 14 points (1-13=14) and 94 penalty minutes in 61 games with the Monarchs.

Netminder Jonathan Bernier is 19-20-4 with a 2.47 goals-against-average and a .910 save-percentage in 45 games with the Monarchs this season. Bernier’s six-game winning streak after stopping 152-of-159 shots in 365 minutes and 31 seconds of playing time to set a new season high winning streak came to an end when the Monarchs fell to the Devils on Friday, March 13. The longest winning streak by a goaltender this season prior to Bernier’s six-game streak was when goaltender Daniel Taylor won five straight games from February 4-16. Taylor’s five-game winning-streak came to an end on Friday, February 20 when he let in the season’s three fastest goals, 58 seconds apart, in the first period against Providence. The fastest three goals scored in a game in the Monarchs franchise history were scored 57 seconds apart when the team was in Lowell on March 19, 2006.

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