January 16, 2011 8:42 pm

Manchester Monarchs update

It was a good weekend for the AHL’s Manchester Monarchs, who had a three-game road swing and claimed five out of a possible six points.

On Thursday, the Monarchs beat Charlotte 6-4, after they took a 3-0 lead. Corey Elkins and Dwight King each had two goals, Bud Holloway had three assists, Justin Azevedo and Marc-Andre Cliche each had one goal and one assist, Jordan Nolan had two assists and goalie Martin Jones stopped 32 of 36 shots.

On Friday, the Monarchs lost to Charlotte 6-5 in a shootout. The Monarchs trailed 4-1 in the second period but scored three goals in the final 12 minutes of the third period to tie the game and claim a point. Andrei Loktionov had one goal and two assists, Cliche had one goal and one assist, David Kolomatis, Thomas Hickey and Viatcheslav Voynov each had one goal, Oscar Moller had three assists and goalie Jeff Zatkoff stopped 39 of 44 shots.

On Saturday, the Monarchs beat Binghampton 4-3, as David Meckler broke the tie with 3:17 remaining in the third period. Loktionov, Cliche and Elkins also had goals, and Jones stopped 38 of 41 shots.

For the season, the Monarchs’ two AHL All-Stars are leading the way. Jones has a 16-3-0 record and is first in the AHL in save percentage (.939) and fourth in goals-against average (1.93). Voynov has a team-high 32 points (9 goals, 23 assists), Holloway has 31 points (13 goals, 18 assists), Loktionov has 31 points (8 goals, 23 assists) and Meckler has 13 goals. The Monarchs, at 27-14-1-2, are in first place in the Atlantic Division.

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