Manchester Monarchs: Gm1 Notes, Quotes, Schenn Update

Last night the Manchester Monarchs opened their 2011 AHL Playoff run with a 2-1 win over the Binghamton Senators.

They received goals from defenseman David Kolomatis and center Corey Elkins. Justin Azevedo, Jordan Nolan and Viatcheslav Voynov picked up assists. Jordan Weal was a healthy scratch and Tyler Toffoli managed just one shot in the game.

Game two is tonight, again in Manchester.

Prior to the series starting, several Monarchs made there way to MayorsManor – including defenseman Thomas Hickey, forward Bud Holloway and goalie Martin Jones.

Below are a few additional comments from afar. First, former Monarchs defenseman Alec Martinez, then Ontario Reign coach Karl Taylor, followed by an update on when to expect Brayden Schenn in a Monarchs uniform this post-season.

Martinez on staying in touch – “I talk to a few of the guys pretty consistently. I talk to (Jeff) Zatkoff a lot.  He and I were roommates in college and played together growing up. We go way back and have known each other for a long time. So, we chat a lot. Plus, the guys I lived with – like Mullen and Hickey and Kolomatis.”

MM: I hear Hickey is quite the prankster. Did he pull any good ones on you?

AM: Actually, I don’t think it was meant to happen, but they somehow weaseled their way into using my credit card to pay for the heating oil in Manchester. Luckily, I looked at my statement and saw a pretty good chunk of change charged there. I know that wasn’t on purpose. I guess it could have turned out to be a good prank. But, I caught ‘em on that and they mailed me a check. So, it’s fine now. I think everyone had a little bit of that prankster in them and when you live with five guys, that’s stuff bound to happen. We had a lot of fun when I was down there.

[note: Martin Jones had been staying in a hotel when first arrived in Manchester. Then, after Martinez was called up to LA, he took Alec's room and now lives with his competition, goalie Jeff Zatkoff]

Ontario Reign coach Karl Taylor on his former player, Bud Holloway (who led the Monarchs with 28 goals during the regular season)…

“Bud’s a very special individual, special kid. That first year he was here we had the most serious team in the world – guys wouldn’t smile, they wouldn’t laugh. I had to tell jokes in the room, if you can imagine that. Bud came down and he’s a great kid and a free spirit, a heck of a hockey player. I really believe in Bud. He loves to play the game and I believe he has a chance.”

MM: When you saw him at Kings camp back in October, was there anything different you saw – after all, it’s been two years since he was in Ontario…

KT: Well, he’s more mature. He’s a bigger guy. Now, he’s not a peripheral guy or he’s not a gut that’s a secondary scorer. He’s got to score, that’s his role now. He’s done very well with it. He led the team in scoring, playing very well and he’s pushing the Kings to try and get a call up. For his sake, I hope it happens.

And now, for what you really want to know…

Brayden Schenn is not expected to be in the line-up tonight when the Monarchs play game two vs. the Senators at 7pm EST.  In fact, word is, he’s not even in New Hampshire at the moment.

Game three is scheduled for Sunday afternoon in Binghamton. So, he has plenty of time to get there by then.

Or…

(I’ll update via twitter and facebook when additional information becomes available later today.)

The Mayor
www.twitter.com/MayorNHL
www.facebook.com/MayorsManor

RELATED ARTICLES:

Interview with Bud Holloway

Interview with Noah Clarke – includes hilarious story involving George Parros

Interview with Martin Jones

Interview with Thomas Hickey

Interview with Corey Elkins

Interview with Jordan Weal

Interview with Hockey’s #1 Prospect – Brayden Schenn

Shop.NHL.com

Recent Articles

Semin Alexander NHL

Things You May Not Know: Hurricanes-Kings Edition

The NHL schedule makers wasted no time getting this season’s two-game set between the Kings and Hurricanes out of the way. Carolina hosted the initial meeting a few weeks ago and came away 3-2 winners. Now, the clubs will meet up in downtown LA this evening to finish things off. Before they meet on the [...]

Carolina NHL hockey

Puck Probability: Odds for Hurricanes at Kings, November 20

Coming off a 5-2 win over the visiting Florida Panthers on Tuesday, the Kings will now play host to the Carolina Hurricanes, a team that beat LA on the East Coast earlier this month. Marian Gaborik and Anze Kopitar returned from injury that night, but it wasn’t enough to prevent a 3-2 loss. Tonight, they’ll [...]

Morris Mark Manchester Monarchs

Mark Morris on Muzzin, McNabb, and ManchVegas

After decades of promising to build from within, the Kings have finally stuck with it and flourished under GM Dean Lombardi. Among the many changes made to the team’s infrastructure in the months following the Massachusetts native coming to Los Angeles was to hire a former college coach to take over behind the bench of [...]

Major News Items

Zykov NHL LA Kings

LA Kings 2014-15 Prospect Rankings: The Coveted Top 5

With the Honorable Mentions and Nos. 6-10 prospects previously revealed in other articles, we’re now prepared to share the final five players making up the latest edition of our L.A. Kings Top 10 Prospect Rankings. The … [Read More...]

More Prospect News