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Monsters Clash with Checkers 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 Charlotte Checkers, AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes, on Tuesday with full coverage, live from Bojangles Coliseum in Charlotte, NC, underway at 7:00 pm on Alt 99.1, AHLTV and the Monsters Hockey Network.

MONSTERS PRE-SCOUT: Following a 3-6 road loss to the Syracuse Crunch on Saturday, the Cleveland Monsters enter tonight’s game at 21-19-4-1 on the season. With 47 points, the Monsters currently rank fifth in the AHL’s North Division standings and 12th in the Eastern Conference. Cleveland is led in scoring by LW Nathan Gerbe (10-22-32), C Zac Dalpe (15-14-29) and C Alex Broadhurst (8-20-28).

CHECKERS PRE-SCOUT: In the wake of a 0-1 home overtime loss to the Providence Bruins, the Charlotte Checkers enter tonight’s game at 31-11-6-0 on the season. With 68 points, the Checkers currently rank first in the AHL’s Atlantic Division standings and first in the Eastern Conference. Charlotte is led in scoring by C Andrew Poturalski (18-28-46), C Aleksi Saarela (15-20-35) and C Janne Kuokkanen (11-20-31).

SEASON SERIES: Tuesday marks the first of four meetings between the Monsters and Checkers this season and the first of two clashes between the two clubs at Bojangles Coliseum this year.

 

 

MONSTERS GOALTENDERS

35 J-F Berube
OVERALL:     

30 GP, (13-14-3), 0 SO, 3.20 GAA, .889 S%

LAST APPEARANCE:     

(24/29) IN 3-6 L at SYR 2/2/19

HEAD-TO-HEAD:     

N/A

ON THE ROAD:     

17 GP, (8-8-1), 0 SO, .897 S%

 

39 Brad Thiessen
OVERALL:     

8 GP, (4-2-1), 0 SO, 3.15 GAA, .892 S%

LAST APPEARANCE:     

(37/40) in 4-3 SOW at SYR 1/11/19

HEAD-TO-HEAD: N/A
ON THE ROAD:     

3 GP, (1-1-1), 0 SO, .877 S%

 

80 Matiss Kivlenieks
OVERALL:     

12 GP, (4-3-1), 1 SO, 3.63 GAA, .879 S%

LAST APPEARANCE:      (35/42) in 2-7 L at WBS 2/1/19
HEAD-TO-HEAD:

N/A

ON THE ROAD:     

 4 GP, (2-1-0), 1 SO, .911 S%

 

CHECKERS GOALTENDERS

30 Alex Nedeljkovic
OVERALL:     

32 GP, (21-5-3), 2 SO, 2.63 GAA, .904 S%

LAST APPEARANCE:     

(29/31) in 1-2 OTL vs PRO 2/1/19

HEAD-TO-HEAD:     

N/A

AT HOME:     

16 GP, (11-2-2), 1 SO, .906 S%

 

35 Scott Darling
OVERALL:     

13 GP, (5-5-2), 0 SO, 3.26 GAA, .885 S%

LAST APPEARANCE:     

(28/29) in 0-1 OTL vs PRO 2/2/19

HEAD-TO-HEAD:     

N/A

AT HOME:     

 4 GP, (0-3-1), 0 SO, .858 S%

 

 

KEYS TO SUCCESS:

  • PRIDE OF PARMA: Checkers G Alex Nedeljkovic, a native of Parma, OH, currently leads the AHL with 21 wins this season and ranks third league-wide in minutes played (1781:11).
  • BAD BEHAVIOR: Charlotte D Dan Renouf currently ranks in the AHL’s top-two among defensemen in penalty minutes (96, 2nd) and major penalties (6, 1st) so far this season.
  • CLIMBING THE RANKS: Cleveland C Alex Broadhurst currently sits just one point away from tying former Monster T.J. Hensick for second-place on the franchise’s all-time scoring list.