While there is no Los Angeles Kings news to report, that doesn't mean that there isn't hockey being played elsewhere. The Manchester Monarchs, the Kings' AHL affiliate, just wrapped up their preseason with a perfect 3-0 record and now prepare for their season-opener this Friday in Providence to face the Bruins.


THe Monarchs finished their preseason against the Portland Pirates this weekend, first beating them on Sunday in overtime by a 4-3 score and then Monday with a convincing 7-1 win. In the latter game, the Monarchs went 5-for-11 on the power play and were a perfect 5-for-5 on the penalty kill. Linden Vey, David Kolomatis, Andy Andreoff, Slava Voynov and Brandon Kozun were all credited with the powerplay markers while Tyler Toffoli and Jordan Weal added the two others. Goaltender Martin Jones made 17 saves en route to the victory.


In Sunday's contest, it was Jean-Francois Berube backstopping the Monarchs to victory as Brian O'Neill scored in overtime to secure the win for Manchester. David Kolomatis, Nic Deslauriers and Nikolay Prokhorin (who scored on the power play) added the other three Monarch goals.


If the preseason was any indication, the Monarchs should be looking forward to a great season ahead of them, especially since they are able to use the current NHL lockout to their advantage. In addition to his goal in the preseason finale, Slava Voynov added three assists.


After Providence on Friday, it's no rest for the Monarchs who travel to Albany to meet the Devils the following evening.


For now, we need to make the most of the NHL's absence and hopefully the Monarchs can provide at least a little comfort while fans eagerly awaiting the return of the Kings.




Photo: Courtesy of Scott Slingsby