MANCHESTER, NH – The Manchester Monarchs, the primary affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings, have signed goaltender Matt Lopes to a professional tryout agreement, Monarchs Director of Hockey Operations Hubie McDonough announced today.
Lopes, 24, has served as the backup goaltender for the ECHL’s Elmira Jackals and the CHL’s Mississippi Riverkings this season but has yet to make his pro debut. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound native of East Falmouth, Massachusetts spent the last two seasons playing for Gustavus Adolphus College and registered a 16-10-0 record with a 2.24 goals-against-average and a .899 save percentage in 27 games from 2007-09.
Lopes also spent two seasons at the University of Massachusetts-Boston where he appeared in 20 games and collected a record of 0-13-2, a 5.48 goals-against-average and a .875 save percentage from 2005-07. He will wear No. 31 for the Monarchs and will serve as goaltender Jeff Zatkoff
’s backup on Wednesday night.
The Monarchs return to action on Wednesday, March 31 with a 7:00 p.m. face-off with the Lowell Devils at the Tsongas Center. Catch all of the play-by-play action of Monarchs hockey with Ken Cail on the Monarchs Radio Network WGAM 900/1250 AM and at www.manchestermonarchs.com.