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by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
A LOOK AHEAD (all times EASTERN)

Day Date Opponent (Time)
Wed. 12/31 vs. Providence (7 p.m.)
Fri. 1/2 @ Springfield (7:30 p.m.)
Sat. 1/3 vs. Grand Rapids (7 p.m.)
Sun. 1/4 @ Lowell (4 p.m.)
*Audio web casts of Monarchs games are 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)
Fri. 12/26 @ Springfield 3-1 W Holloway, Meckler, Parse Bernier (24/25)
Sat. 12/27 vs. Portland 3-2 W Boyle, Martinez, Parse Bernier (27/29)
Sun. 12/28 vs. Springfield 4-2 W Boyle, Collins, Mosienko, Rheault Bernier (19/21)

MONARCHS STATISTICAL LEADERS

This Season/ This Week
Points Gauthier, Lewis, Purcell – 19 /Boyle – 4
Goals Purcell – 9 /Boyle, Parse – 2
Assists Gauthier – 16 /Boyle, Dravecky, Murphy, Murray – 2
Power Play 24-of-162, 14.8%/ 2-of-12, 16.7%
Penalty Killing 145-of-173, 83.8% /12-of-16, 75.0%

GOALIES
Jonathan Bernier 19 9-8-2 2.72
X – Jonathan Quick 14 6-5-2 2.68
Jeff Zatkoff 1 0-1-0 3.05

LAST WEEK’S HIGHLIGHTS
At Springfield (12/26):
The Manchester Monarchs took the lead in the second period and never looked back as they beat the Springfield Falcons, 3-1, at the MassMutual Center on Friday night. Right wing Bud Holloway, right wing David Meckler and left wing Scott Parse tallied for the Monarchs. The Falcons picked up a tally from center Gilbert Brule. Monarchs’ goaltender Jonathan Bernier earned his seventh win of the season with 24 saves on 25 shots. Falcons’ netminder Devan Dubnyk took the loss with 26 saves. Manchester went 1-for-4 on the power play. Springfield was 1-for- 6 with the man advantage.

Vs. Portland (12/27):

Left wing Scott Parse one-timed the biscuit into the basket with less than four minutes in the game to lift the Manchester Monarchs over the Portland Pirates, 3-2, at the Verizon Wireless Arena on Saturday night. Center Brian Boyle, defenseman Alec Martinez and Parse lit the lamp for the Monarchs. Right wing Mark Mancari and center Marek Zagrapan picked up goals for the Pirates. Monarchs’ netminder Jonathan Bernier earned his eighth win of the season stopping 27-of-29 shots. Pirates’ goaltender Jhonas Enroth took his fifth loss of the season with 29 saves. Manchester went 0-for-4 on the power play. Portland was 1-for-5 with the man advantage.

Vs. Springfield (12/28):
The Manchester Monarchs won their third game in a row to capture fourth place in the Atlantic Division by beating the Springfield Falcons 4-2 at the Verizon Wireless Arena on Sunday evening. Center Brian Boyle, center Dusty Collins, center Tyler Mosienko and right wing Jon Rheault scored for Manchester. Center Gilbert Brule and defenseman Rob Bina tallied for the Falcons. Monarchs’ goaltender Jonathan Bernier picked up his ninth win of the season with 19 saves on 21 shots. Falcons’ netminder Devan Dubnyk took his 19th loss of the season stopping 23 shots. Manchester went 1-for-4 on the power play. Springfield was 2-for-5 with the man advantage.

NEWS AND NOTES
Manchester (15-14-0-4) moved into fourth place in the Atlantic Division with three wins in three games for 34 points. The Providence Bruins (19-12-1-1) lead the Atlantic Division with 40 points.
The Monarchs snapped their longest losing streak of the year, which also tied a franchise record of four losses, with their 3-1 win over the Falcons on Friday. Manchester has won their last three games following the holiday break.
The Monarchs are in 23rd place in the AHL on the power play. The team is 24-for-162 with the man advantage for a 14.8- percent rating.
Manchester has stopped their opponent 145 times on 173 power play opportunities for an 83.8-percent rating this season, good for 11th place.
Manchester is undefeated on Fridays when they play on the road this season. They are 3-0-0-0 away from the Verizon Wireless Arena on Fridays and 7-2-0-1 overall on their best day of the week.
The Monarchs 3-2 win over the Portland Pirates at the Verizon Wireless Arena on December 27 was their third win on a Saturday this season. They are 3-8-0-0 on that day of the week.
When the Monarchs score first, they have gained a point in every game but one. Manchester is 12-1-0-4 in the 17 games where they have scored first.
Manchester also earns a point when they have the lead following the first period (11-0-0-3). They are 10-1-0-2 when leading after two periods.
The Monarchs are undefeated when scoring four or more goals (7-0-0-0) and are 7-1-0-2 when tallying 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 and are 6-6-0-1 in December. Manchester’s 3-1 win over the Providence Bruins on Sunday, December 14 at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center was their first win on a Sunday (1-2-0-1) this season.
Sunday’s win over Providence was also the Monarchs first road victory since November 26 in Grand Rapids. The Monarchs were on a five-game road winning streak from November 19-26 and then dropped four in a row (0-3-0-1) on the road November 29 – December 9.
The Monarchs top three scorers are out of Manchester’s lineup as reigning AHL Rookie of the Year right wing Teddy Purcell (9-10=19) and right wing Trevor Lewis (8-11=19) are on recall with the Los Angeles Kings, and center Gabe Gauthier (3-16=19) is day-to-day with an upper body injury.Purcell was recalled to the Kings on December 10. He still leads the Monarchs in goals with nine tallies on the season. He registered a goal and an assist in the Kings game against San Jose on December 15. In eight games with the Kings this season, Purcell has five points (1-4=5), zero penalty minutes and a plus-2 plus/minus rating. Lewis ranked second on the Monarchs in goals (eight) when he was recalled by the Kings on December 18. He made his NHL debut against the Buffalo Sabres on Friday, December 19 and scored his first NHL goal against the Detroit Red Wings on December 20. Lewis has three points (1-2=3), zero penalty minutes and a zero plus/minus rating in five games with the Kings this season.
Gauthier is the leader in assists on the squad with 16 assists.
Gauthier is ranked sixth on the Monarchs all-time assists list with 81 helpers over three seasons. He is also ranked 10th in goals scored with 40 and ranked eighth with 121 points.
Center Marty Murray (3-15=18) is ranked fourth on the Monarchs in scoring with 18 points.
Left wing Scott Parse (6-7=13) has two goals in his last three games and has moved into fifth place on the Monarchs roster with 13 points. Parse scored the game-winning goal in Saturday’s 3-2 win over Portland.
Left wing Vladimir Dravecky (2-11=13) picked up two assists in Sunday’s game to tie Parse for fifth place on the
Defenseman Viatcheslav Voynov (4-8=12) leads Monarchs blueliners and is tied for sixth overall on the Monarchs with right wing David Meckler (8-4=12) with 12 points each.
Voynov was reassigned by Los Angeles to Team Russia on December 18 to participate in the World Junior Championships. Team Russia is 2-0 so far in the championship.
Meckler (8-4=12) is tied for second on the Monarchs in goals scored with eight tallies.
Center Brian Boyle (4-7=11) ended a three-game scoreless streak by collecting a goal and two assists in Saturday’s 3-2 win over the Pirates. He added one more tally in Sunday’s game to tie right wing Bud Holloway (7-4=11) for ninth place on the Monarchs.
Goaltenders Jonathan Quick was recalled by the Kings on December 16. He is 2-2-0 in five games with a 1.88 goalsagainst- average and a .933 save percentage with the Kings thus far this season. Quick collected his first shutout of his NHL career stopping all 24 shots from the Columbus Blue Jackets in the Kings 3-0 win on December 23. He has two shutouts in his last three games after he stopped all 26 shots in the Kings 4-0 win over the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday, December 27. While with the Monarchs, Quick had a record of 6-5-2, a 2.68 goals-against-average and a .919 save-percentage.
Goaltender Jonathan Bernier has started the last five consecutive Monarchs games and is 3-3-0 in his last six games, including three consecutive wins on Friday, December 26 against the Falcons, Saturday, December 27 against the Pirates and Sunday, December 28 against the Falcons. In 19 games this season with the Monarchs, Bernier is 9-8-2 with a goals-against-average of 2.72 and a .900 save-percentage.
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