Saturday, May 1, 2010

Goose Eggs All Around

If only it was Tuesday night...or Thursday night...we could've used the tired ol' radio expression TwoFer Tuesday in the headline...

It was a double dose of shutouts Friday night for a pair of Kings prospects.

Jonathan Bernier and the Manchester Monarchs blanked the Worcester Sharks 5-0 to take a 2-1 lead in their second round AHL series.  Bernier's sixth playoff win with the team moved him into a tie with Jason LaBarbera for the most in Monarchs history. 

Bud Holloway, featured here yesterday, picked up an assist in the game - running his points streak up to seven games.  Shockingly, it was somebody other than Bud with the game winning goal...this time the honor went to Gabe Gauthier.  The four other Monarchs goals were scored by Trevor Lewis (2), Corey Elkins and David Meckler. 

Bernier and Lewis were both drafted in the first round by the Kings back in 2006 - just a few months after Dean Lombardi took over as General Manager.  Meckler was taken that same year, in the 5th round.

You can click here to read the official Monarchs recap of the game.

Up north in Calgary the Hitmen, led by Kings goalie prospect Martin Jones, blanked the Tri-City Americans 7-0 in their opening game of the WHL Finals.  League scoring champion - and Kings 6th round pick last summer - Brandon Kozun scored yet again.

Both series resume tomorrow night. a special bonus - you can catch the Hitmen v Americans game on TV (it's on tape delay, but still)...Fox Sports NorthWest will be showing the game at 12:30am PST on Sunday Morning (or late Saturday night, depending how you look at it)...DirecTV viewers can tune to 687.  Tell your DVRs to record WHL Jones and Kozun...enjoy.

You can view FSN's full TV schedule for the series by clicking here.

One more bit of news for you on the way out the door today...

Kyle Clifford, the only other Kings prospect of note still playing, had a pair of goals on Thursday night for the Barrie Colts...however, it wasn't enough, they lost...and are now down 0-2 in the OHL Finals vs. the Windsor Spitfires.  That series resumes in Windsor on Sunday afternoon. 

Readers of this site may recall back in September when Kings Assistant Coach Mark Hardy had plenty of good things to say about Clifford coming out of Rookie Training Camp.  Drafted last summer in the second round, he looks like a kid to keep an eye on.

The Mayor

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