It was a true weekend split for the AHL’s Manchester Monarchs, who lost 5-4 in overtime to Springfield on Friday, beat Portland 5-4 on Saturday and lost 4-2 to Bridgeport on Sunday. The Monarchs remain in first place in the Atlantic Division, three points ahead of Portland with 21 games remaining, but Portland also has three four games in hand over the Monarchs. Dwight King has scored a goal in five consecutive games, Brandon Kozun has eight points (five goals, three assists) in his last six games. Justin Azevedo has five assists in his last three games. Bud Holloway leads the Monarchs with 44 points in 58 games. King has 20 goals in 51 games. Oscar Moller has 40 points in 45 games, Viatcheslav Voynov has 40 points in 55 games and now the Monarchs will regain the services of Andrei Loktionov, who has 31 points in 32 AHL games this season. Thomas Hickey, who missed brief time with an ankle injury, has returned and his plus-14.
On Friday, the Monarchs lost 5-4 in overtime to Springfield. Holloway, Kozun and Moller each had one goal and one assist, and Martin Jones stopped 9 of 10 shots after replacing Jeff Zatkoff to start the third period.
On Saturday, the Monarchs beat Portland 5-4. The Monarchs trailed 3-2, five minutes into the second period, but then scored three consecutive second-period goals. Holloway had one goal and two assists while Azevedo and Colten Teubert each had two assists. Jones stopped 23 of 27 shots.
On Sunday, the Monarchs lost 4-2 to Bridgeport. Kozun had one goal and one assist while King had the other goal. Zatkoff stopped 13 of 16 shots.