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Monarchs Report March 2-8

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
A LOOK AHEAD (all times EASTERN)
Day Date Opponent (Time)
Fri. 3/13 vs. LOWELL (7:30 p.m.)
Sat. 3/14 vs. WORCESTER (7 p.m.)
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A LOOK BACK
Day Date Opponent Result Monarchs Goals Monarchs Goaltender (Saves/Shots)
Wed. 3/4 vs. SPRINGFIELD 5-1 W Cliche (2), Gauthier, Martinez, Moulson Bernier (23/24)
Fri. 3/6 vs. HARTFORD 1-0 W Voynov Bernier (24/24)
Sat. 3/7 vs. PORTLAND 2-1 W Boyle, Murray Bernier (25/26)
Sun. 3/8 @ Worcester 4-3 W Boyle, Dravecky, Lewis, Martinez Bernier (28/31)

MONARCHS STATISTICAL LEADERS
This Season /This Week
Points: Murray – 42 /Boyle, Lewis, Murray – 4
Goals: Purcell – 16 /Boyle, Cliche, Martinez – 2
Assists: Murray – 33 /Lewis, Murray, Parse – 3
Power Play: 52-of-300, 17.3%/ 4-of-14, 28.6%
Penalty Killing: 266-of-311, 85.5%/ 13-of-14, 92.9%

GOALIES
Jonathan Bernier 19-17-3 2.44
X – Jonathan Quick 6-5-2 2.68
Daniel Taylor 7-2-1 2.29
X – Jeff Zatkoff 1-2-0 2.31

LAST WEEK’S HIGHLIGHTS
Vs. Springfield (3/4): Center Marc-Andre Cliche picked up his first three point game and his first Gordie Howe hat trick, a goal, an assist and a fight, as he led the Manchester Monarchs to a 5-1 win over the Springfield Falcons at the Verizon Wireless Arena on Wednesday night. Defenseman Alec Martinez, left wing Matt Moulson and center Gabe Gauthier added tallies to Cliche’s two goals for the Monarchs. Center Ryan Poltuny scored the lone goal for Springfield. Monarchs’ goaltender Jonathan Bernier (16-17-3) picked up his 16th win of the season with 23 saves on 24 shots. Falcons’ netminder Devan Dubnyk (15-34-1) took the loss with 26 saves. Manchester went 1-for-3 on the power play. Springfield was 1-for-6 with the man advantage.

Vs. Hartford (3/6): The Manchester Monarchs scored the only goal of the game in overtime to beat the division leading Hartford Wolf Pack at the Verizon Wireless Arena on Friday night. Monarchs’ defenseman Viatcheslav Voynov scored the lone goal of the game. Monarchs’ goaltender Jonathan Bernier (17-17-3) stopped all 24 shots he faced for his third shutout of the season. Wolf Pack’s goaltender Matt Zaba (18-9-0) made 31 saves on 32 shots for his ninth loss of the season. Manchester went 0-for-3 with an extra attacker while Hartford was 0-for-4 with the man advantage.

Vs. Portland (3/7): The Manchester Monarchs sank the Portland Pirates, 2-1, in a back and forth match to take over third place in the Atlantic Division at the Verizon Wireless Arena on Saturday night. Centers Marty Murray and Brian Boyle scored for the Monarchs. Center Marek Zagrapa scored the lone goal for the Pirates. Monarchs’ goaltender Jonathan Bernier stopped 25-of-26 shots while Pirates’ netminder Jhonas Enroth saved 22-of-24 shots. Manchester went 1-for-2 with an extra attacker while Portland was 0-for-2 with the man advantage.

At Worcester (3/8): Goaltender Jonathan Bernier stopped 28 shots for his sixth consecutive win and the Manchester Monarchs earned their sixth win in a row as they edged the Worcester Sharks, 4-3, at the DCU Center on Sunday evening. Right wing Trevor Lewis, center Brian Boyle, left wing Vladimir Dravecky and defenseman Alec Martinez scored for the Monarchs. Center Tom Cavanagh, right wing Riley Armstrong and left wing Frazer McLaren tallied for the Sharks. Monarchs' goaltender Jonathan Bernier (19-17-3) earned his 19th win of the season stopping 28-of-31 shots. Sharks' netminder Taylor Dakers (11-8-0) took his eighth loss of the season with 38 saves. Manchester went 2-for-6 on the power play. Worcester was 0-for-2 with the man advantage.

MONARCHS NEWS & NOTES

  • Manchester (33-26-0-6) is undefeated in regulation in their last eight games (7-0-0-1) and on a six-game winning streak which has moved them into third place in the Atlantic Division with 72 points. The Providence Bruins (35-24-2-4) and Hartford Wolf Pack (35-24-3-3) lead the Atlantic Division with 76 points each. The Portland Pirates (30-24-3-6) rank fourth in the Atlantic Division with 69 points. The Worcester Sharks are in fifth place with 67 points (32-28-1-2) and the Lowell Devils (28-26-2-6, 64 points) are in sixth place. The Springfield Falcons sit in last place with 47 points (19-37-7- 2).
  • The Monarchs are 8-1-0-1 in their last 10 games and have earned a point in their last eight games which is the longest streak of gaining a point in consecutive games this season. Manchester is currently on a six-game winning streak, the best in the AHL right now.
  • The Monarchs are in 11th place in the AHL on the power play. The team is 52-for-300 with the man advantage for a 17.3- percent rating. Manchester has stopped their opponent 266 times on 311 power play opportunities for an 85.5-percent rating this season, good for seventh place.
  • The Monarchs have a winning record on two days of the week, Wednesdays and Fridays. Manchester is 7-2-0-1 on Wednesdays and 11-6-0-3 on Fridays. The Monarchs are 8-12-0-0 on Saturday’s and 4-5-0-1 on Sunday’s this season. When the Monarchs score first, they have gained a point in every game but four. Manchester is 21-4-0-4 in the 29 games where they have scored first.
  • Manchester is 18-3-0-3 when they have the lead following the first period. They are 23-3-0-2 when leading after two periods.
  • The Monarchs are undefeated when scoring four or more goals (15-0-0-0) and are 13-4-0-2 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 5-0-0-0 in March. Center Marty Murray’s (11-33=44) leads the Monarchs with 33 assists and 44 points.
  • Right wing Trevor Lewis (15-24=39) ranks second in overall scoring and third in goal scoring on the team. His 24 assists are also ranked third on the Monarchs. Lewis has four points (1-3=4) in his last four games including the game-winning goal in the Monarchs 4-3 win over the Worcester Sharks on Sunday, March 8. 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 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 24 games with Los Angeles this season, Purcell has 11 points (3-8=11) and two penalty minutes.
  • Center Justin Azevedo (10-19=29) 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.
  • Center Gabe Gauthier (9-26=35) moved into fourth place on the roster last week. His 26 assists rank second on the Monarchs squad. Gauthier is also ranked fourth on the Monarchs all-time assists list with 91 helpers over three seasons. He is also ranked 10th in goals scored with 46 and is in seventh place with 137 points.
  • Left wing Matt Moulson (15-19=34) is ranked fifth overall on the Monarchs squad. The left wing 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 goals scored from right wing Pavel Rosa with 68 tallies over three seasons. He is also ranked seventh in assists with 79 and sixth overall in points with 147.
  • Right wing Scott Parse (13-20=33) leads the team with a plus/minus rating of plus-9 and ranks sixth in scoring.
  • Defenseman Viatcheslav Voynov (6-11=17) picked up his second game-winning goal of the season when he buried the puck past Wolf Pack goaltender Matt Zaba for the Monarchs 1-0 overtime win on Friday, March 6.
  • Center Marc-Andre Cliche picked up the Monarchs first Gordie Howe hat trick of the season in the Monarchs 5-1 win over the Falcons on Wednesday, March 4. Cliche picked up two goals, an assist and participated in a fight.
  • Defenseman Tom Preissing has been assigned to the Monarchs after clearing waivers in Los Angeles on Wednesday. The veteran blueliner has seven points (3-4=7) and six penalty minutes in 22 games with the Kings this season. He has 131 points (31-100=131) and 78 penalty minutes in 322 career NHL regular season games with the Kings, Ottawa and San Jose. He made his Monarchs debut on Saturday, March 7.
  • Center Brian Boyle is on a four-game point streak with two goals and two assists the Monarchs last four wins.
  • Netminder Jonathan Bernier is 19-17-3 with a 2.44 goals-against-average and a .911 save-percentage in 41 games with the Monarchs this season. Bernier is on a six-game winning streak stopping 152-of-159 shots he’s faced in 365 minutes and 31 seconds of playing time to set a new season high winning streak. The longest winning streak by a goaltender this season prior to Bernier’s current 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. Bernier ended his franchise tying six-game losing streak on Friday, January 30 with a 3-0 win over Lowell, his second shutout of the season. He stopped all 33 shots from the Devils.
MONARCHS TRANSACTIONS
3-6-09: The Los Angeles Kings (NHL) recalled right wing Kevin Westgarth from the Manchester Monarchs (AHL).
3-4-09: The Los Angeles Kings (NHL) assigned defenseman Tom Preissing to the Manchester Monarchs (AHL).
2-23-09: The Los Angeles Kings (NHL) recalled right wing Teddy Purcell from the Manchester Monarchs (AHL).
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