AHL: Weal, Kozun light the lamp as Monarchs win fifth straight

Game report provided by the Monarchs, LA Kings’ AHL affiliate…

BRIDGEPORT, CT – Goaltender J.F. Berube stopped 30-of-31 shots in his 17th consecutive game to backstop the Manchester Monarchs to a 2-1 victory over the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at the Webster Bank Arena on Saturday night.

Manchester (21-5-1-4) leads the Atlantic Division with 47 points.  Bridgeport (11-14-1-3) is ranked fourth in the Northeast Division with 26 points.

Center Jordan Weal doubled the Monarchs lead to 2-0 at 4:41 of the third period.  Weal picked up the puck in the neutral zone and carried it down the right wing.  On the outside edge of the right wing face-off circle, Weal wristed a shot that beat netminder Anders Nilsson on his blocker side for his eight goal of the season.  Defenseman Vincent LoVerde assisted on Weal’s game-winning tally.

Right wing Brandon Kozun ended the scoreless tie at 14:43 of the second period with his seventh goal of the season.  Center Linden Vey collected the puck from defenseman Jeff Schultz in the neutral zone and passed it off the right wing wall to Kozun.  Carrying the puck into the Sound Tigers zone along the right wing, Kozun broke into the right face-off circle before snapping a wrist shop that Nilsson made the initial save on.  Kozun picked up his own rebound and chipped it over Nilsson’s right pad and into the net for the 1-0 advantage.

Defenseman Scooter Vaughan cut the Monarchs lead in half with his first goal of the season at 8:26 of the final frame.  As the Sound Tigers put pressure on the Monarchs in their zone, left wing Alan Quine passed the puck from the slot to Vaughan who was streaking in from the left point.  Vaughan unleashed a one-timer that beat Berube.  Left wing Mike Halmo assisted on the goal that brought the score to 2-1.

Berube (12-4-2) earned his 12th win of the season stopping 30-of-31 shots.  Nilsson (5-8-1) took his eighth loss of the season stopping 25-of-27 shots.

Manchester was 0-for-7 on the power play.  Bridgeport went 0-for-4 with the man advantage.

Notables:  The Monarchs are on a season-high five-game winning streak and a four-game road winning streak… Right wing Brandon Kozun collected his first goal since November 23… Center Jordan Weal has four goals in his last four games… Center Nick Shore’s four-game point streak (1-5=6) came to an end tonight as he was held off the scoreboard… Goaltender J.F. Berube has appeared in 17 consecutive games; the Monarchs all-time record for consecutive appearances is 19 games.

Following the holiday break, the Monarchs will return to action with a VIP Cup match-up against the Portland Pirates at the Verizon Wireless Arena at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 26.

Follow @AndyTonge1 for more Monarchs news and notes.

Recent Articles

Preseason or Not, Etem May Have Revenge on His Mind in Arizona

For Emerson Etem, his road to possibly becoming an official member of the LA Kings will start in one of the most ironic places – Arizona.
Word is, Etem will be playing for the Kings road-unit in tonight’s split-squad series against the Coyotes, which is certainly an interesting one given the 26-year-old forward’s recent past.
Let’s reset […]

Stevens on Kings Catapulting into Analytics Pool

Analytics has been the uber-hot buzzword in hockey circles over the past few years. It’s practically become an all-encompassing term referring to any numbers and data sharing even a tangential relationship to what happens on the ice.
However, some of the data being captured by teams extends Beyond just what happens during a game. In […]

Kings Prospect Aidan Dudas, Perhaps Another Hidden Gem

Much has been made about the Kings retaining their first round draft picks in both 2017 and 2018 after going several years without one due to various trades. And while GM Rob Blake has been given ample credit for placing a heavy emphasis on re-stocking a thinning prospect pool, let’s not forget one other item. […]

Major News Items

LA Kings 2018 Mid-Season Top 10 Prospect Rankings: The Top Two

It all comes down to this. After an extensive journey through the LA Kings current prospect pool, we've finally arrived at the top two players in the rankings - including this year's highly coveted No. 1 spot. … [Read More...]

More Prospect News