Here today, hair tomorrow for the Monarchs
The first 3,000 fans to enter Verizon Wireless Arena for Saturday's 7 p.m. game against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton receive a mullet wig and moustache. It's the second of back-to-back home games. Manchester hosts the Worcester Sharks tonight at 7.
Monarchs players have been growing moustaches for three weeks in an effort to raise funds to fight men's cancers, including prostate cancer. The team has raised $2,087, including $200 by left wing Richard Clune. ';Anytime someone gives their own money, it says a lot about them and I thank them for helping,'; Clune said.
Mullets in Movember will help benefit the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center and the Monarchs Care Foundation.
On the ice, the Monarchs hope to benefit from a five-day layoff. Last time out they edged host Worcester 2-1 on Saturday.
Unfortunately, the Monarchs lost that game's hero and one of their top offensive threats during the layoff. Defenseman Slava Voynov, who scored the game-winner against Worcester, was recalled by the Los Angeles Kings, as was the Monarchs' leading point-scorer, Andrei Loktionov. The 5-foot-10, 179-pound forward had 11 assists and 14 points in 17 games for the Monarchs.
Loktionov's loss is a blow to a team that has scored just nine goals total in its last five games (2-2-0-1 record) and hasn't won back-to-back games in more than a month.
The team looks to its second leading point-scorer, Marc-Andre Cliche (11), to help pick up the slack. Cliche, who leads the team in goals (seven) and plus/minus (plus-8), picked up his fourth assist and 11th point on Voynov's game-winner last Saturday.
That win evened the season series with Worcester at 1-1 and moved the Monarchs to 7-9-0-1. The team has 15 points, good for third in the Atlantic Division, just ahead of the Sharks (5-4-1-2, 13 points), and a dismal 11th in the conference.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton travels to the Queen City this weekend for the second and final time this season. The East Division-leading Penguins (10-3-1-1, 22 points) had their way in a 4-1 win against the host Monarchs on Oct. 29 and have won nine of their last 10 games.