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Monsters Clash with Admirals on the Road

In the first of four meetings between the two teams this season, the Cleveland Monsters, affiliate of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, drop the puck vs. the Milwaukee Admirals, AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Nashville Predators, on Friday with full coverage, live from UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena in Milwaukee, WI, underway at 7:00 pm on Alt 99.1, AHLTV and the Monsters Hockey Network.

MONSTERS PRE-SCOUT: Following a 2-6 road loss to the Chicago Wolves on Wednesday, the Cleveland Monsters enter today’s game at 5-3-0-0 on the season. With a .625 points percentage, the Monsters currently rank second in the AHL’s North Division standings and fourth in the Eastern Conference. Cleveland is led in scoring by C Zac Dalpe (6-3-9), LW Eric Robinson (4-3-7) and LW Paul Bittner (1-5-6).

ADMIRALS PRE-SCOUT: In the wake of a 3-0 home win over the San Antonio Rampage on Tuesday, the Milwaukee Admirals enter today’s game at 6-1-1-0 on the season. With an .813 points percentage, the Admirals currently rank first in the AHL’s Central Division standings and first in the Western Conference. Milwaukee is led in scoring by RW Rocco Grimaldi (4-7-11), D Matt Donovan (4-5-9) and D Frederic Allard (1-7-8).

SEASON SERIES: Friday marks the first of four meetings between the Monsters and Admirals this season and the first of two meetings between the two teams at UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena this year.
 

MONSTERS GOALTENDERS

35 J-F Berbe
 OVERALL:      6 GP, (3-3-0), 0 SO, 3.04 GAA, .909 S%
LAST APPEARANCE:     

(21/26) in 2-6 L at CHI 10/24/18

HEAD-TO-HEAD:     

N/A

ON THE ROAD:     

3 GP, (2-1-0), 0 SO, .891 S%

 

39 Brad Thiessen
OVERALL:      1 GP, (1-0-0), 0 SO, 2.00 GAA, .935 S%
LAST APPEARANCE:      (29/31) in 5-2 W vs RFD 10/6/18
HEAD-TO-HEAD: N/A
ON THE ROAD:     

N/A

 

80 Matiss Kivlenieks
OVERALL:      (31/31) in 4-0 W at BNG 10/20/18
LAST APPEARANCE:      (31/31) in 4-0 W at BNG 10/20/18
HEAD-TO-HEAD: N/A
ON THE ROAD:      1 GP, (1-0-0), 1 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 S%

 

ADMIRALS GOALTENDERS

33 Tom McCollum
OVERALL:     

5 GP, (3-1-1), 1 SO, 2.93 GAA, .888 S%

LAST APPEARANCE:     

(19/19) in 3-0 W vs SA 10/23/18

HEAD-TO-HEAD:     

N/A

AT HOME:     

1 GP, (1-0-0), 1 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 S%

 

34 Miroslav Svoboda
OVERALL:     

N/A

LAST APPEARANCE:      N/A
HEAD-TO-HEAD:      N/A
AT HOME:     

 

N/A

 

 

KEYS TO SUCCESS:

  • CRITICAL PRODUCERS: Monsters forwards Zac Dalpe and Paul Bittner have proven important indicators for Cleveland’s offense in the early going this season. So far in 2018-19, the Monsters are 5-0-0-0 when Dalpe registers a point and 4-0-0-0 when Bittner does the same.
  • HOT HAND: Monsters D Gabriel Carlsson is currently in the midst of a three-game points streak, posting 1-4-5 over that span.
  • ROOKIE SENSATION: Cleveland LW Eric Robinson currently ranks in the AHL’s top-five among first-year skaters with seven points to his credit so far this season.