The Manchester Monarchs, the Kings’ AHL affiliate, had their four-game winning streak ended today in a 4-1 loss to Providence. Oscar Moller’s first-period power-play goal — with assists from Brayden Schenn and Andrei Loktionov — tied the game 1-1, but Monarchs goalie Jeff Zatkoff was pulled from the game after the Monarchs fell behind 4-1 less than nine minutes into the second period. Zatkoff stopped 10 of 14 shots before Martin Jones, in relief, stopped all 17 shots he faced. It was a contentious game, with three fights.
On Saturday night, Jones recorded his first professional shutout with 27 saves in a 1-0 victory over Bridgeport. Marc-Andre Cliche’s first-period goal — with assists to Oscar Moller and Loktionov — held up.
Schenn, on a conditioning assignment, has two points in three games and has been centering wingers Rich Clune and Brandon Kozun.
Alec Martinez leads the Monarchs with 11 assists and 16 points, David Meckler has seven goals, Thomas Hickey and Corey Elkins both have plus-5 ratings and Kozun, Bud Holloway and Viatcheslav Voynov each have 12 points this season. The Monarchs (11-7-1) are in second place in the Atlantic Division and next play on Wednesday, at Springfield.