Manchester Monarchs Look To End Recent Slump
The Manchester Monarchs, AHL affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings, look to end their losing streak this Wednesday in a bout against a strong Springfield Falcons club. The Monarchs have been on a 2-game losing streak which started this past Saturday. They started out there weekend with a 3-2 victory in a hard fought game against former NHL goaltender Rick DiPietro and the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Friday. Monarchs defensemen Nick Deslauriers delivered the game-winning goal at the 18:14 mark of the 3rd period, only 8 seconds into Bridgeport’s Dallas Jackson kneeing penalty. Deslauriers also had a fight that night leading to a deserved first star of the game. Manchester traveled the next day down to Connecticut to pay a visit to the Whale (30-25-5). Both teams’ priority was to get a win to help propel them into the 2013 Calder Cup Playoffs. It was questionable who would be in goal for the Monarchs as Martin Jones started in the last 15 games for the Monarchs and the Monarchs back-up J.F Berube who was recently called up from the ECHL’s Ontario Reign. Coach Morris made the call to put Jones in; Martin stopped 21 of the 24 shots in a loss 3-0 loss to the Whale, on the other side of the rink, Jason Missiaen, had another strong game giving the Whale a critical 2 points.
The Monarchs had the short bus ride to Providence, RI for another crucial game for the monarchs against the Atlantic Division leaders Providence Bruins (38-19-0). Both Providence and Manchester put there back-ups in, Michael Hutchinson for Providence and Berube for the Monarchs. Berube gave up a late first period goal to Max Sauve giving the Bruins a 1-0 lead going into the 1st intermission. Monarch’s center, Jordan Weal netted his 10th goal of the season at the 12:48 mark of the 2nd period. Ryan Spooner, called up by the Boston Bruins yesterday to join the team in Winnipeg for the injured David Krejci, scored with just 2 seconds left in the 2nd. The Providence Bruins cruised to a 3-1 win over the Monarchs with an added insurance goal by Graham Mink.
The Manchester Monarchs fell to 29-26-3 on the season and see themselves outside looking in for the playoff run. They are currently 4 points out of 7th place in the Eastern Conference sitting in 10th place. They will continue their playoff push with a trip down to Springfield, MA to take on the falcons at the MassMutal Center for a must needed 2 points, they return home on Saturday March 23rd to battle a tough Hershey Bears.