Monday, June 15, 2015

Monarchs Reign Supreme in AHL

Kevin Loverde (Miami) scored the game-winning goal on Saturday night as the Manchester Monarchs defeated the Utica Comets, 2-1, to win the American Hockey League's Calder Cup Final in five games. It was the first Calder Cup championship in team history.

Loverde, who led the Red Hawks in blocked shots in each of his four NCAA seasons, according to, put Manchester up, 2-0, with a power-play tally just over 13 minutes into the first period at the Utica Memorial Auditorium. Also skating on Saturday and winning the Cup with the Monarchs was Sean Backman (Yale), Nic Dowd (St. Cloud State), Derek Forbort (North Dakota), Michael Mersch (Wisconsin), Brian O'Neill (Yale) and Nick Shore (Denver).

Manchester, the AHL affiliate of the NHL's Los Angeles Kings, will shift its operations to the ECHL next season after 14 campaigns in the AHL. The Kings' new AHL affiliate, the Reign, will play in Ontario, Calif. beginning in 2015-16 as part of the league's western expansion.

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