P-BRUINS HOST SEASON FINALE AGAINST MONARCHS
Providence Finishes the 2010-11 Campaign at Home
Providence, RI - The Providence Bruins (37-36-3-3, 80 PTS, 5th Atlantic) play the Manchester Monarchs (44-25-4-6, 98 PTS, 2nd Atlantic) this afternoon at the Dunkin' Donuts Center for the final game of the 2010-11 regular season. This year, Providence has been better against Manchester than any other team, taking a 7-2-0-0 record into today's game, including a 4-0-0-0 mark in the Ocean State.
The P-Bruins have won two games in a row behind one-goal victories over the Portland Pirates on Friday night (5-4) and at the Springfield Falcons on Saturday (3-2). Ryan Spooner and Kyle MacKinnon each recorded their first professional goals against Springfield. MacKinnon, a Providence College alum, netted the game-winner less than a minute after Cam Atkinson and the Falcons tied it with five minutes left in the third period. Ryan Button recorded his first professional assist with a hand in Spooner's goal, as did Carter Camper on the winning strike.
The Monarchs won their only other game this weekend on Friday, topping Adirondack 4-1. Portland's 3-2 Shootout victory over Albany Saturday night prevented the Monarchs from winning the Atlantic Division, so Manchester will enter the Calder Cup Playoffs as the number two seed among New England teams.
Jamie Arniel has a P-Bruins' team-high 50 points and 23 goals, while Zach Hamill's 34 assists are seven more than anyone else on the team. Bud Holloway leads all Monarchs scorers with 28 goals and 61 points. Viatcheslav Voynov's 36 helpers are the most for Manchester.
In net, Anton Khudobin is 27-16-2 with a 2.53 GAA and .912 save percentage, plus a couple of shutouts this season. He has an 8-4-1 record with one shutout, a 2.43 GAA and .916 save percentage with Providence. Michael Hutchinson is 13-10-1 with a 3.13 GAA, .904 save percentage and one shutout. Martin Jones leads the Monarchs in all goaltending categories, with a 23-12-1 record, 2.25 goals against average, .924 save percentage and four shutouts. Jeff Zatkoff isn't far behind with a 20-16-5 mark, a 2.67 GAA, and a .911 save percentage, adding three shutouts this season.
Arniel has the most points (10) and assists (8) of any player in the season-series. Former P-Bruin Joe Colborne had six goals against the Monarchs this season, and Kirk MacDonald is the current leader with three. Brandon Kozun also has three lamp-lighters to lead his team in that category. Oscar Moller, who is currently up with the Los Angeles Kings, was tied for the team-lead in goals (3) and had team-highs in assists (6) and points (9). David Kolomatis and Justin Azevedo have three helpers each, and Kolomatis is tops on the Monarchs with five points against his former club.
Between the pipes, Hutchinson and Khudobin are both undefeated against Manchester. Hutchinson is 3-0-0 versus the New Hampshire club, and has an even 1.00 GAA to go with a .966 save percentage. Khudobin won his only contest versus the Monarchs, allowing two goals in a 3-2 shootout victory for Providence. He saved 94.4% of the shots he faced that game, and also blocked 10 of the 14 shots in the shootout. Zatkoff has fared better than Jones against Providence this year. Each netminder has one win, but Zatkoff has a 2.31 GAA and a .932 save percentage to go with his 1-2-2 record. Jones is 1-3-0, allowing 3.22 goals per game while saving 89.6% of the P-Bruins' attempts on net.
The P-Bruins rank 30th in the AHL on the power play (13.1%) and 27th on the penalty kill (78.6%). The Monarchs are 15th on the man advantage (18.7%) and 4th when killing off penalties (85%).
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