Monday, November 30, 2009

Manchester Mondays

Catching up with life over in Manchester, NH - where most of the Kings top prospects are playing this year:

* The first place Monarchs went 3-0 last week, with two road wins and a home victory. Their record at home this season is now 9-1-0-1. The only team to beat them on home ice was the defending Calder Cup Champion Hershey Bears. This week they'll be playing three at home and only one road game.

* Top point getter Andrei Loktionov (6 goals, 11 assists = 17 points) was called up by the Kings and blew out his shoulder in his NHL debut at Vancouver. He's expected to miss four months, ending his possible run at the AHL Rookie of the Year award. He was 4th in rookie points at the time of the injury. Oscar Moller now leads the active Monarchs with 16 points.

* Goaltender Jonathan Berneir went 2-0 last week; pushing his record to 10-5-2, with a stellar 1.75 GAA on the season. For those interested, you can chat with Bernier online this Thursday when he visits the AHL chat room. Simply visit for all the info.

* Backup netminder, Geoff Zatkoff (who played here in SoCal for the Ontario Reign last season) has been solid as the back-up. He picked up the shootout win on Saturday, the second of a back to back game for the Monarchs. Big Z is now 5-2 on the season.

* Another former Ontario Reign player (and another Geoff), Geoff Walker, scored his first AHL goal in Wednesday's game vs. Bridgeport. Walker had started the season with the Monarchs and then was sent down to Ontario. Injuries had the Kings making several line-up changes last week, forcing Manch to restock too - and Walker was recalled. With Loktionov injured, he may get the chance to stay in the 'A'.

* Kevin Westgarth, not necessarily known for his scoring prowess (4 goals in 65 games last season), notched his first goal of the year on Wednesday. There is still an outside chance he'll be recalled by the Kings this week for their match-up with the Ducks on Tuesday.


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