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Monarchs Weekend Preview 12/10-12/12

Monarchs Weekend in Review for December 10 thru December 12

Another 3-games in 3-days (45-hrs.) Weekend!

Injuries:

Greg Hogeboom - 12/8 – wrist injury – week-to-week
Brad Smyth – 12/3 – Flu-like symptoms – day-to-day (unlikely for weekend)
Ryan Flinn – 11/27 – Achilles tendon surgery – out 6-8 weeks
Scott Barney – 11/18 – Abdominal surgery – out 10-weeks

Transactions:

Adam Borzecki (D) RELEASED from PTO on 12/6
Connor James (LW) RECALLED from Bakersfield ECHL on 12/8

On Friday (7:35, EST), the Monarchs (20-1-1-0, 41-pts) travel to Bridgeport to take on the Sound Tigers (New York Islanders). The Sound Tigers (12-10-0-0, 24-pts.) are currently in 5th place in the AHL’s East Division, which is lead by the Philadelphia Phantoms. This marks the second of four regular season meetings between the two teams. The first meeting between the two teams resulted in a 5-0 home ice win for the Monarchs.

Although Bridgeport is not in the Atlantic Conference with the Monarchs and Hartford, they play a big role in the Atlantic Division. Given their proximity to Hartford, the AHL sees Bridgeport and Hartford as logical rivalries and as such, Hartford plays 6 less divisional games than the Monarchs to allow Hartford and Bridgeport to play 10-times this season.

Former Monarch defenseman and Captain Richard Seeley (19-GP 1-1, 2-pts. 66-pims) is now a member of the Sound Tigers.

Scoring leaders for Bridgeport include Justin Mapletoft (5-11, 16-pts.), Sean Bergenheim (9-6, 15-pts.), Rob Collins (6-8, 14-pts.). The tough guy/enforcer role in Bridgeport is filled by 6’4” 220-lb. Right Wing, Eric Goddard. In 22-games this season, Goddard has amassed 92-PIMs. Over the past two seasons, Goddard has spent time in the NHL with the Islanders. In 50-games, he has one assist and 145-PIMs.

In goal, the Sound Tigers have pretty much split the duties between Wade Dubielewicz (7-6-0-1, GAA 2.23, SV% .923) and Dieter Kochan (5-4-0-0, GAA 2.32, SV% .914)


Saturday (7:05, EST), the Monarchs will seek to revenge their 13-game winning streak overtime loss to the Hartford Wolf Pack (New York Rangers) when the travel to the Hartford Civic Center for their second meeting of the season with Hartford (15-5-1-2, 33-pts.). The Monarchs currently hold an 8-point lead with a game in hand over Hartford. Hartford takes on the Providence Bruins on Friday night, which could prove to be an extremely physical game for them. Additionally, following Hartford’s overtime defeat of the Monarchs last Sunday, the Union Leader reported the following: “In the gritty regulation battle between the AHL's two best defensive teams, Hartford lost forward Blair Betts (shoulder) and Layne Ulmer (shoulder) to injury as well as rookie defenseman via UMass-Amherst Thomas Pock (ankle).” Link: http://www.theunionleader.com/articl...?article=47962
I don’t know the status of the three injured Hartford players at this time.

Once bitten, twice shy, the Monarchs must keep an eye on Hartford’s Jeff Hamilton. Hamilton was the AHL’s top goal scorer last season and although he was a “load” when showed-up at Hartford’s training camp, he seems to be skating himself into shape. Hamilton has played in 8-games as he’s skated himself into shape and has scored 3-goals. All three have been game winners, including his over time tally against the Monarchs last Sunday.

Hartford’s Goaltending tandem of Steve Valiquette (4-2-1, 1-SO, 1.30 GAA, SV% .953) and Jason LaBarbera (11-4-1, 4-SO, 1.49 GAA, SV% .945) are as good as they come. The pair is currently ranked #1 and #2 respectively overall in the AHL with the Monarchs Adam Hauser (7-0-0, 4-SO, 1.56 GAA, SV% .949) at #3 and Mathieu Garon (13-2-0, 4-SO, 1.87 GAA, SV% .949) at #7.

Hartford’s Trevor Gillies leads his team in PIMs with 88. The last meeting between the two teams was relatively uneventful in the pugilist department and honestly I don’t expect it to be much different on Saturday. I look for Hartford, to clutch, hold, hook, grab and trap all night long!

MSG Network, Fox Sports Net New England and Leafs TV will televise the Saturday game against Hartford…



On Sunday (4:05, EST) the Monarchs return home to Manchester to Host the Springfield Falcons (Tampa Bay Lightening). The Falcons (7-4-2-1, 17-pts.) are currently in last place of the Atlantic Division. Scoring leaders for the Falcons are Shane Willis (10-10, 20-pts.), Ryan Craig (12-4, 16-pts.). and Craig Darby (1-13, 14-pts.). There are currently only three Springfield players on the plus side, and five at 0 in the plus/minus category.

The Falcons recently signed Former LA King and Manchester Monarch Derek Bekar. In five games Bekar has 2-assists for 2-points.

The Falcons are backstopped by former first-round draft pick and LA King fan favorite, Jamie Storr. Storr has appeared in 18-games for Springfield and has a 5-12-1 record with no shut-outs, a 3.41 GAA and a .907 SV%. Storr is backed-up by Brian Eklund (2-4-0, 0-SO, GAA 3.46 SV% .892).

The PIMs leader for the Falcons is Jean-Francois Soucy. In 21-games, the 6’3” 205-lb left wing has accumulated I-assist and 103-PIMs.

edit: link: www.falconsahl.com/detpages/pressbox2303.shtml

Springfield, Mass. – Springfield Falcons right wing Evgeni Artukhin has been suspended for ten (10) regular season games by the American Hockey League as a result of receiving a game misconduct penalty for abuse of an official in the Falcons’ contest versus the Albany River Rats on Dec. 4 at the Springfield Civic Center.

Artukhin has served the first game of his suspension (Sun., Dec. 5 at Lowell), and will also miss the Falcons’ next nine games: Wed., Dec. 8 at Hartford; Fri., Dec. 10 at Worcester; Sun., Dec. 12 at Manchester; Wed., Dec. 15 versus Philadelphia in Tampa Bay; Fri., Dec. 17 at Providence; Sat., Dec. 18 versus Albany; Sun., Dec. 19 at Lowell; Thu., Dec. 23 at Portland and Sun., Dec. 26 at Worcester.


Folks, Springfield just isn’t a very good team.

I will be at all three Monarchs games this weekend. I will try to get reviews of the games up as Internet availability allows.

Have a great weekend and GO MONARCHS!


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Monarchs Weekend in Review for December 10 thru December 12

Another 3-games in 3-days (45-hrs.) Weekend!

Injuries:

Greg Hogeboom - 12/8 – wrist injury – week-to-week
Brad Smyth – 12/3 – Flu-like symptoms – day-to-day (unlikely for weekend)
Ryan Flinn – 11/27 – Achilles tendon surgery – out 6-8 weeks
Scott Barney – 11/18 – Abdominal surgery – out 10-weeks

Transactions:

Adam Borzecki (D) RELEASED from PTO on 12/6
Connor James (LW) RECALLED from Bakersfield ECHL on 12/8

On Friday (7:35, EST), the Monarchs (20-1-1-0, 41-pts) travel to Bridgeport to take on the Sound Tigers (New York Islanders). The Sound Tigers (12-10-0-0, 24-pts.) are currently in 5th place in the AHL’s East Division, which is lead by the Philadelphia Phantoms. This marks the second of four regular season meetings between the two teams. The first meeting between the two teams resulted in a 5-0 home ice win for the Monarchs.

Although Bridgeport is not in the Atlantic Conference with the Monarchs and Hartford, they play a big role in the Atlantic Division. Given their proximity to Hartford, the AHL sees Bridgeport and Hartford as logical rivalries and as such, Hartford plays 6 less divisional games than the Monarchs to allow Hartford and Bridgeport to play 10-times this season.

Former Monarch defenseman and Captain Richard Seeley (19-GP 1-1, 2-pts. 66-pims) is now a member of the Sound Tigers.

Scoring leaders for Bridgeport include Justin Mapletoft (5-11, 16-pts.), Sean Bergenheim (9-6, 15-pts.), Rob Collins (6-8, 14-pts.). The tough guy/enforcer role in Bridgeport is filled by 6’4” 220-lb. Right Wing, Eric Goddard. In 22-games this season, Goddard has amassed 92-PIMs. Over the past two seasons, Goddard has spent time in the NHL with the Islanders. In 50-games, he has one assist and 145-PIMs.

In goal, the Sound Tigers have pretty much split the duties between Wade Dubielewicz (7-6-0-1, GAA 2.23, SV% .923) and Dieter Kochan (5-4-0-0, GAA 2.32, SV% .914)


Saturday (7:05, EST), the Monarchs will seek to revenge their 13-game winning streak overtime loss to the Hartford Wolf Pack (New York Rangers) when the travel to the Hartford Civic Center for their second meeting of the season with Hartford (15-5-1-2, 33-pts.). The Monarchs currently hold an 8-point lead with a game in hand over Hartford. Hartford takes on the Providence Bruins on Friday night, which could prove to be an extremely physical game for them. Additionally, following Hartford’s overtime defeat of the Monarchs last Sunday, the Union Leader reported the following: “In the gritty regulation battle between the AHL's two best defensive teams, Hartford lost forward Blair Betts (shoulder) and Layne Ulmer (shoulder) to injury as well as rookie defenseman via UMass-Amherst Thomas Pock (ankle).” Link: http://www.theunionleader.com/articl...?article=47962
I don’t know the status of the three injured Hartford players at this time.

Once bitten, twice shy, the Monarchs must keep an eye on Hartford’s Jeff Hamilton. Hamilton was the AHL’s top goal scorer last season and although he was a “load” when showed-up at Hartford’s training camp, he seems to be skating himself into shape. Hamilton has played in 8-games as he’s skated himself into shape and has scored 3-goals. All three have been game winners, including his over time tally against the Monarchs last Sunday.

Hartford’s Goaltending tandem of Steve Valiquette (4-2-1, 1-SO, 1.30 GAA, SV% .953) and Jason LaBarbera (11-4-1, 4-SO, 1.49 GAA, SV% .945) are as good as they come. The pair is currently ranked #1 and #2 respectively overall in the AHL with the Monarchs Adam Hauser (7-0-0, 4-SO, 1.56 GAA, SV% .949) at #3 and Mathieu Garon (13-2-0, 4-SO, 1.87 GAA, SV% .949) at #7.

Hartford’s Trevor Gillies leads his team in PIMs with 88. The last meeting between the two teams was relatively uneventful in the pugilist department and honestly I don’t expect it to be much different on Saturday. I look for Hartford, to clutch, hold, hook, grab and trap all night long!

MSG Network, Fox Sports Net New England and Leafs TV will televise the Saturday game against Hartford…



On Sunday the Monarchs return home to Manchester to Host the Springfield Falcons (Tampa Bay Lightening). The Falcons (7-4-2-1, 17-pts.) are currently in last place of the Atlantic Division. Scoring leaders for the Falcons are Shane Willis (10-10, 20-pts.), Ryan Craig (12-4, 16-pts.). and Craig Darby (1-13, 14-pts.). There are currently only three Springfield players on the plus side, and five at 0 in the plus/minus category.

The Falcons recently signed Former LA King and Manchester Monarch Derek Bekar. In five games Bekar has 2-assists for 2-points.

The Falcons are backstopped by former first-round draft pick and LA King fan favorite, Jamie Storr. Storr has appeared in 18-games for Springfield and has a 5-12-1 record with no shut-outs, a 3.41 GAA and a .907 SV%. Storr is backed-up by Brian Eklund (2-4-0, 0-SO, GAA 3.46 SV% .892).

The PIMs leader for the Falcons is Jean-Francois Soucy. In 21-games, the 6’3” 205-lb left wing has accumulated I-assist and 103-PIMs.

Folks, Springfield just isn’t a very good team.

I will be at all three Monarchs games this weekend. I will try to get reviews of the games up as Internet availability allows.

Have a great weekend and GO MONARCHS!
have a safe drive down to Conn. KB. the weather is supposed to be wonderfull again tomorrow.

GO MONARCHS!

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Good preview King, as always.

BTW, Saturday Hartford will be without the services of Betts, (to be determined); Ulmer (1-2 weeks); Pock (4-6 weeks) and Martin Grenier (broken thumb/4-5 weeks).

Travel safely!

(where are your seats at the HCC? Maybe I'll hunt you down and say hello.)

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Good preview King, as always.

BTW, Saturday Hartford will be without the services of Betts, (to be determined); Ulmer (1-2 weeks); Pock (4-6 weeks) and Martin Grenier (broken thumb/4-5 weeks).

Travel safely!

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