MANCHESTER, NH — Martin Jones made 19 saves, helping the Manchester Monarchs to a 3-0 victory against the Albany Devils Sunday at Verizon Wireless Arena. The Devils enter the AHL All-Star break with a 25-16-3-4 record, while the Monarchs have a conference-best 31-14-2-5 mark.
Scott Wedgewood, who helped Albany to a shared shutout Saturday, made 26 saves on 29 shots in his 21st appearance of the season.
Backman opened the scoring 1:08 into the game, firing a wrister far side from the right circle.
Andreoff and Weal followed with a pair of second period goals. Andreoff found the back of the net at 4:16 and Weal made the score 3-0 at 18:20.
Albany, which was outshot 29-19, went 0-4 on the power play and 6-6 on the penalty kill.
Next up, the Devils host the Hershey Bears Friday at 7 pm at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall.
Notes: Before the game, New Jersey announced that defensemen Jon Merrill was returned on loan to Albany. He did not play … Additionally, Albany signed goaltender Anthony Felice, who backed up Wedgewood, to a professional tryout contract … The playing surface at Verizon Wireless Arena was still dyed pink from the team’s “Pink at the Rink” game Saturday.