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

Home » Sports » Hockey » Monarchs

December 19. 2013 7:33PM

Holiday break awaits Monarchs after weekend action

Two more games, and then it's some much-needed rest for the Manchester Monarchs.

The Monarchs host Portland at 7 p.m. Friday night at Verizon Wireless Arena and then travel to Bridgeport, Conn., Saturday night before earning four days off for the Christmas break.

Manchester remains atop the Atlantic Division at 19-5-5 for 43 points. Portland (10-9-5, 25 points) is in fourth place and fell to the Monarchs 4-3 in Lewiston, Maine, two weeks ago in the most recent meeting between the teams. The Monarchs also defeated Bridgeport (10-13-4) on Sunday.

"Having won the last game against (Portland) no doubt they will be trying to knock us off on our home ice. We're hopeful that with some rest we can get some line combinations together," said Monarchs head coach Mark Morris. "We just had a real nail-biter against Bridgeport in our own building and they're a team that's getting better with time. It should be another big challenge for us as a hockey team."

The injury bug has been feasting on the Manchester roster as of late.

"The injuries are racking up. I'm looking at my board here and (Brian) O'Neill, (Ian) O'Connor, (Zach) O'Brien, (Chris) Huxley, (Sean) Backman and (goalie Mathias) Neiderberger, who would be here if he were healthy, those are six injuries right there," Morris said. "These are long-term injuries to these players."

The Monarchs survived—in fact thrived—last weekend despite the depleted roster. Manchester won all three of its games Friday through Sunday.

"Hopefully, we start to see these guys coming off the injured list in the near future. In their absence, everyone has picked up the slack and that's the way you'd hope things would unfold," Morris said. "To have the additional firepower, especially in three-game weekends and that energy, makes the quick turnaround a lot more bearable."

Following the Christmas break the Monarchs will host Portland Thursday, Dec. 26 at 7 p.m., St. John's Saturday, Dec. 28 and Hartford Sunday, Dec. 29.

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

Spurs' Matt Bonner will wear aew Adidas Crazy 8 shoes for Christmas Day game

Jason Saltmarsh: Runners should never have to pay for their race photos

Ex-official pleads guilty to embezzling thousands from Pembroke football nonprofit

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


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?


 New Hampshire Events Calendar


Upcoming Events

 New Hampshire Business Directory