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Jones throws a shutout as Monarchs blank Devils, 3-0

Goaltender Martin Jones earned his second shutout of the season with 19 saves as the Manchester Monarchs blanked the Albany Devils, 3-0, yesterday.

Sean Backman scored on the first shot of the game to put the Monarchs on the board just 1:08 in. Derek Forbort assisted. Andy Andreoff doubled the lead 4:16 into the second period on a feed from Hunter Bishop, and Jordan Weal concluded the scoring in the final two minutes of the period, taking a pass from Jeff Schultz and converted a one-timer for his 11th goal of the season.

Manchester outshot Albany, 29-19, and grabbed the best record in the league at 31-14-2-5 heading into the AHL All-Stark break.

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