Man, what a great series. Our goalie has been lights out and we've been getting clutch goals from an unlikely hero! All against an overwhelming favorite! What're the odds!
What's that? I'm talking about the Manchester Monarchs. Who did you think I was talking about?
The Monarchs completed their surprising sweep of the Portland Pirates last night with a 7-2 shellacking of the Buffalo Sabres affiliate. The Pirates were actually the higher seed at 2nd place in the Eastern Division, while the Monarchs were in 3rd. The difference was goaltender extraordinaire Jonathan Bernier, who started all 4 games and posted a stellar 1.24 GAA and a .962 save percentage. Jesus Christ do I love that guy. They were also led by Bernier's 2006 Draft buddy Bud Holloway, who had 4 goals, all of them game winners. Holloway bounced between Manchester and Ontario of the ECHL last season but seems to have found his game this year, scoring 47 points in 75 games. He's not likely to ever be more than a depth forward at the NHL level so this is probably going to be his greatest hockey achievement. Good for him.
The Monarchs now await the winner of the Worchester-Lowell series. Worchester currently has a 3-1 series lead so it's probably going to be them. Worchester, as I'm sure you know, is San Jose's AHL affiliate. Boy, it sure is going to be fun so watch the Kings and Sharks play in California while their respective affiliates duke it out on the opposite coast next week. That reminds me, make sure you get your tickets for the 1st Annual Kings-Sharks golf tournament, taking place next week. (Don't worry, they won't be busy.) Should be an exciting time, although the Sharks might be at a disadvantage because Dan Boyle has a bad tendency of driving at the wrong pin.
Speaking of playoffs, young tykes Brayden Schenn, Brandon Kozun and Martin Jones are battling out in the WHL playoffs for their respective teams. Kozun, Jones and the Calgary Hitmen currently lead the series 2-1, though Schenn has been doing his part for the Brandon Wheat Kings. Game 4 is tonight at 6. Go Hitmen! Go Schenn!
You know who I saw getting into his car after the Kings game on Monday night? David Boreanaz! I know, THE David Boreanaz. I yelled, "Hey Angel, why don't you Valentine my Bones! And also another thing you've been in!" I don't think he got it.
Finally, the Kings were ranked 2nd by Hockey's Future in their semi-annual prospect rankings. The only problem with the Kings farm system was its lack of wingers because centers are listed as centers and it's not like they can move over to a wing! LA's top 5 prospects, out of order because I'm a dick: Colten Teubert, Brayden Schenn, Viacheslav Voynov, Jonathan Bernier, Thomas Hickey. Don't know who goes where do you? Beter click the link to find out! Hahahahahaha!*
*Collects check from Hockey's Future, buys blow, overdoses, sees a vision of Jonathan Bernier making a glove save, dies