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Monarchs Report (March 30)

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings

A LOOK AHEAD (all times EASTERN)
Day Date Opponent (Time)
Wed. 4/1 vs. LOWELL (7:00 p.m.)
Fri. 4/3 vs. SPRINGFIELD (7:30 p.m.)
Sat. 4/4 vs. WORCESTER (7:00 p.m.)
Sun. 4/5 at Providence (4:05 p.m.)
*Audio web casts of Monarchs games are also available at www.manchestermonarchs.com/audio and video web casts are available 10 minutes prior to every Monarchs game by clicking on the AHL Live icon at www.manchestermonarchs.com.
A LOOK BACK
Day Date Opponent Result Monarchs Goals Monarchs Goaltender (Saves/Shots)
Tues. 3/24 at Lowell 3-0 W Azevedo, Gauthier, Moulson Bernier (18/18)
Fri. 3/27 at Providence 3-1 L Dravecky Bernier (30/32)
Sat. 3/28 at Portland 5-2 L Azevedo, Cliche Bernier (21/25), Taylor (3/4)

MONARCHS STATISTICAL LEADERS
This Season/This Week
Points: Murray – 49/Azevedo, Gauthier – 3
Goals: Lewis, Moulson, Purcell – 16/ Azevedo – 2
Assists: Murray – 35/ Gauthier – 2
Power Play: 57-of-333, 17.1%/ 0-of-10, 0.00%
Penalty Killing: 294-of-347, 84.7%/ 12-of-14, 85.7%

GOALIES
Jonathan Bernier 20-22-4 2.45
X – Jonathan Quick 6-5-2 2.68
Daniel Taylor 7-2-2 2.36
X – Jeff Zatkoff 1-2-0 2.31

LAST WEEK’S HIGHLIGHTS
At Lowell (3/24): Goaltender Jonathan Bernier stopped 18 shots for his fourth shutout of the season as the Manchester Monarchs blanked the Lowell Devils, 3-0, at the Tsongas Arena on Tuesday night. Monarchs’ center Justin Azevedo, center Gabe Gauthier and left wing Matt Moulson scored the only three goals of the game. Bernier (20-20-4) picked up his 20th win and fourth shutout of the season stopping all 18 shots from Lowell. Devils’ netminder Jeff Frazee (25-18-5) took his 25th loss of the season stopping 24-of-27 shots. Manchester went 0-for-4 on the power play. Lowell was 0-for-3 with the man advantage.

At Providence (3/27): The Manchester Monarchs’ comeback came up short in a 3-1 loss to the Providence Bruins at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center on Friday night. Monarchs’ left wing Vladimir Dravecky scored the lone goal for Manchester. Center Zach Hamill, defenseman Johnny Boychuk and center Wacey Rabbit scored for the Bruins. Monarchs’ goaltender Jonathan Bernier (20-21-4) took his 21st loss with 30 saves on 32 shots. Bruins’ netminder Tuukka Rask (31-19-3) earned his 31st win of the season with 23 saves. Manchester went 0-for-4 on the power play. Providence was 0-for-6 with the man advantage.

At Portland (3/28): Left wing Colin Murphy scored a 1-2-3 natural hat trick to jump start his Portland Pirates to a 5-2 win over the Manchester Monarchs at the Cumberland County Civic Center on Saturday night. Centers Justin Azevedo and Marc-Andre Cliche scored for the Monarchs in their short-lived comeback. Along with Murphy’s hat trick, defenseman Marc-Andre Gragnani and left wing Nathan Gerbe lit the lamp for Portland. Monarchs’ goaltender Jonathan Bernier (20- 22-4) took his 22nd loss of the season stopping 21-of-25 shots through two and a half periods of play. Manchester’s netminder Daniel Taylor (7-2-2) replaced Bernier at 6:42 of the third period and stopped 3-of-4 shots. Pirates’ goaltender Jhonas Enroth (22-21-5) earned his 22nd victory of the season with 24 saves. Manchester went 0-for-2 on the power play. Portland was 2-for-5 with the man advantage.

MONARCHS NEWS & NOTES
The Hartford Wolf Pack (42-26-3-3, 90 points) lead the Atlantic Division and has clinched a playoff spot. The Providence Bruins (40-26-2-6, 88 points) are on the heels of Hartford in second place in the Atlantic Division. The Portland Pirates (35-29-3-6, 79 points) and the Worcester Sharks (37-34-1-2, 77 points) picked up three wins each this week to pull ahead of the Manchester Monarchs (34-31-0-8, 76 points) in the standings for third and fourth place. The Lowell Devils (33-32-2-6, 74 points) trail the Monarchs by two points for sixth place. The Springfield Falcons sit in last place with 57 points (23-40-7-4).

The Monarchs are 3-5-0-2 in their last 10 games. The Monarchs are in 13th place in the AHL on the power play. The team is 57-for-333 with the man advantage for a 17.1- percent rating. Manchester has stopped their opponent 294 times on 347 power play opportunities for an 84.7-percent rating this season, good for sixth 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 11-8-0-4 on Fridays. The Monarchs are 8-14-0-0 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 22-6-0-5 in the 33 games where they have scored first.

Manchester is 19-4-0-3 when they have the lead following the first period. They are 24-3-0-3 when leading after two periods.

The Monarchs are undefeated when scoring four or more goals (15-0-0-0) and are 14-4-0-3 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 6-5-0-2 in March. Center Marty Murray’s (14-35=49) leads the Monarchs with 35 assists and 49 points. Right wing Trevor Lewis (16-25=41) ranks second in overall scoring and tied for first in goal scoring on the team. His 25 assists are also ranked second on the Monarchs. Lewis also leads the Monarchs with three shorthanded goals this season.

Center Gabe Gauthier (10-30=40) is ranked third on the Monarchs roster. Gauthier’s 30 assists rank second on the Monarchs squad. Gauthier is also ranked fourth on the Monarchs all-time assists list with 95 helpers over three seasons. He is also ranked ninth in goals scored with 47 tallies and is in seventh place with 142 points.

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 33 games with Los Angeles this season, Purcell has 15 points (4-11=15) and four penalty minutes.

Center Justin Azevedo (12-22=34) 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.

Left wing Matt Moulson (16-22=38) 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’s 16 goals are tied with Lewis and Purcell for the team lead. Moulson took over third place in all-time goals scored for the Monarchs from right wing Pavel Rosa with 69 tallies over three seasons. He is also ranked seventh in assists with 81 and surpassed center Yanick Lehoux (63-86=149) for fifth place all-time with 150 points.

Right wing Scott Parse (14-24=38) moved into a tie for fourth place in scoring with Purcell and Moulson with 38 points. His 24 assists are ranked fourth on the team.

Defenseman Joe Piskula leads the team with a plus/minus rating of plus-9.

Left wing Vladimir Dravecky is the only Monarchs player to appear in all 73 games thus far this season. The second year winger has 23 points (6-17=23) in those 73 games.

Defenseman Alec Martinez leads Monarchs blueliners with 23 points (8-15=23).

Defenseman Davis Drewiske was recalled by the Los Angeles Kings on Friday, March 20. In 10 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 20-22-4 with a 2.45 goals-against-average and a .911 save-percentage in 48 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.

MONARCHS TRANSACTIONS
3-27-09: The Los Angeles Kings (NHL) recalled center Brian Boyle from the Manchester Monarchs (AHL).
3-23-09: The Los Angeles Kings (NHL) returned right wing Kevin Westgarth to the Manchester Monarchs (AHL).
3-20-09: The Los Angeles Kings (NHL) recalled defenseman Davis Drewiske from the Manchester Monarchs (AHL).

MONARCHS IN THE COMMUNITY
3-30-09: Monarchs’ left wing Matt Moulson will speak with students at Birch Hill Elementary School in Nashua on Monday, March 30 at 1:30 p.m. as part of the Monarchs Winning With Wellness program.

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