Monarchs, Jones shut out Devils
Manchester Monarchs Brian O'Neill, right, tries to get by Albany Devils Joe Whitney during the third period of their game Sunday at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester. (/Union Leader)
Goaltender Martin Jones turned back 19 shots to lead the Monarchs past the Albany Devils, 3-0, before 4,867 Verizon Wireless Arena Sunday.
Backman ripped a shot over the blocker side of Devils' goaltender Scott Wedgewood for his seventh season goal.
Jordan Weal tallied the last goal in the middle period for his 11th goal of the season.
Manchester was 0-for-6 on the power play.
On Sunday, the Los Angeles Kings announced they were assigning veteran forward Colin Fraser to the Monarchs. Since the NHL is idle for a couple of weeks for the Winter Olympics, Fraser figures to sharpen his game with the Monarchs.
In 358 career regular season NHL games with the Kings, Edmonton Oilers and Chicago Blackhawks, Fraser has career totals of 20 goals and 38 assists. The Monarchs host the Worcester Sharks at 7 p.m. Friday.