action:article | category:SPORTS0702 | adString:SPORTS0702 | zoneID:40

Home » Sports » Hockey » Monarchs

March 28. 2013 10:10PM

Monarchs visit Portland tonight

With 10 games remaining in the regular season, the Manchester Monarchs enter the weekend in ninth place of the Eastern Conference - two points shy of the eighth-seeded team and the final playoff spot.

Like most teams, the Monarchs have dealt with their share of adversity and injuries, but the 2012-13 season has thrown the American Hockey League an added wrinkle. The NHL lockout stretched into January, and once the labor dispute was resolved, rosters were shuffled and some teams began rebuilding at their core.

"I think this year it's been a weird year," said Monarchs center Linden Vey, who leads the Monarchs with 59 points. "With the lockout and so many players going up and down, we've had a stretch here with bad injuries and we are just starting to get healthy which is a good thing going into the last 10 games of the regular season."

The Monarchs (31-28-3-4) have won two of three, creeping toward their 11th playoff appearance in 12 seasons. They play at division foe Portland (35-25-3-2) tonight at 7 in their only game of the weekend.

Vey, in his second season, is a big reason the Monarchs have maintained consistency. Vey spent much of the season with left wing Tanner Pearson and right wing Tyler Toffoli. When Pearson was sidelined with an upper body injury earlier this month, the Vey line never skipped a beat after adding Andy Andreoff to the mix.

"The coaches have given me a lot more opportunity this year because of the injuries and guys going up to L.A.," Vey, of Wakaw, Sask., said. "For me, I know my job is just to contribute offensively and we have been doing that for the most part. My linemates and I, Andy and Pearson, have got a lot of chemistry going and we just have to keep things going the last 10 games here."

Vey, a second-year pro, recently notched his 100th professional point, and he currently ranks third in the AHL with 41 assists.


 NH Sports Angle more
Links to news and happenings around the world of sports with a Granite State connection, updated daily.

Former New Hampshire goalie DeSmith tells his side of arrest, dismissal from team

NH hockey team moving to Maine could be worth at least $1 million in economic activity say city officials

New owners of Claremont plan to put speedway back on track

Speedway in Claremont bought for nearly $519,000

Lebanon marathoner qualifies for US Olympic Trials

Matt Bonner talks about the end of the run, making the simple play, and playing until he's 40

Ex-UNH goalie agrees to diversion,receive counseling, avoids jail

Wildcats will face Chattanooga in prime time

New England Revolution forward Charlie Davies teaches supporters how to believe

Helmetless Football? Its the new practice at UNH

CASEY DeSMITH

DeSmith officially dismissed from New Hampshire team, but can return to class as of Dec. 20

San Antonio Spurs forward Matt Bonner (15), of Concord, N.H., shoots the ball against Boston Celtics center Tyler Zeller (44) during the second half at TD Garden.

Rapper Lil B gives shoutout to…Matt Bonner?

Manchester Central's Tyler Stratton watches his shot get by Spaulding High School (Rochester) goalie Derek Scott during a shootout at the 2012 Bauer Christmas Hockey Classic hosted at JFK Coliseum in Manchester.

VFW downsizing threatens Spaulding hockey due to loss of venue for Bingo fundraisers

Eagles notes: Kelly committed to current job

5 face riot charges in beating incident at football game

Ayotte rips top sports league commissioners for snubbing hearing on domestic violence

Manchester Monarchs sign Josh Gratton to AHL contract

Can football without helmets lead to fewer concussions?

Trial date set for former UNH hockey coach accused of assaulting player

Sudanese runner with NH ties hoping to crowdfund way to 2016 Olympics

Former Wildcat van Riemsdyk undergoes successful surgery

Monadnock Speedway driver captures first Granite State NASCAR title

CASEY DeSMITH

Star goaltender DeSmith no longer on NH roster after assault charge

UNH squad practices without helmets, shoulder pads to reduce risk of head trauma

24 Hours Of LeMons: This Time We Went Fast, Briefly

MORE

 New Hampshire Events Calendar
    

    SHARE EVENTS FOR PUBLICATION, IT'S FREE!

Upcoming Events

 New Hampshire Business Directory

  

    ADD YOUR BUSINESS TODAY!