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Monsters Continue Road Trip with Clash in Chicago

In the fourth 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 Chicago Wolves, AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Vegas Golden Knights, on Friday with full coverage, live from Allstate Arena, underway at 8:00 pm on Alt 99.1, AHLTV and the Monsters Hockey Network.

MONSTERS PRE-SCOUT: Following a 1-2 road loss to the Milwaukee Admirals on Wednesday, the Cleveland Monsters enter today’s game at 29-26-6-1 on the season. With 65 points, the Monsters currently rank sixth in the AHL’s North Division standings and 12th in the Eastern Conference. Cleveland is led in scoring by C Zac Dalpe (22-17-39), C Mark Letestu (17-20-37) and LW Nathan Gerbe (10-22-32).

WOLVES PRE-SCOUT: In the wake of a 2-1 home overtime win over the Milwaukee Admirals on Sunday, the Chicago Wolves enter today’s game at 36-18-5-2 on the season. With 79 points, the Wolves currently rank first in the AHL’s Central Division standings and first in the Western Conference. Chicago is led in scoring by LW Daniel Carr (30-41-71), RW Brooks Macek (25-32-57) and C T.J. Tynan (11-37-48).

SEASON SERIES: Wednesday marks the fourth of four meetings between the Monsters and Wolves this season and the second of two clashes between the two clubs at Allstate Arena this year. So far this season, Cleveland shows a record of 1-2-0-0 vs. Chicago overall with a -7 goal differential (7/14) and the Monsters are 0-1-0-0 vs. the Wolves on the road this season with a -4 goal differential (2/6).

 

MONSTERS GOALTENDERS

35 J-F Berube
OVERALL:     

41 GP, (19-17-5), 0 SO, 3.06 GAA, .894 S%

LAST APPEARANCE:     

(24/25) in 2-1 W vs BEL 3/7/19

HEAD-TO-HEAD:     

2 GP, (0-2-0), 0 SO, 5.03 GAA, .821 S%

ON THE ROAD:     

21 GP, (10-9-2), 0 SO, 2.71 GAA, .902 S%

 

39 Brad Thiessen
OVERALL:     

13 GP, (6-5-1), 1 SO, 2.67 GAA, .902 S%

LAST APPEARANCE:     

(16/18) in 1-2 L at MIL 3/13/19

HEAD-TO-HEAD:

N/A

AT HOME:     

6 GP, (1-4-1), 0 SO, 3.51 GAA, .875 S%

 

WOLVES GOALTENDERS

33 Max Lagace
OVERALL:     

28 GP, (16-7-4), 1 SO, 2.30 GAA, .916 S%

LAST APPEARANCE:     

(25/26) in 4-1 W at MIL 3/8/19

HEAD-TO-HEAD:     

2 GP, (1-0-1), 0 SO, 3.00 GAA, .913 S%

ON THE ROAD:     

15 GP, (9-3-2), 1 SO, 2.09 GAA, .924 S%

 

35 Oscar Dansk
OVERALL:     

31 GP, (19-9-3), 1 SO, 2.74 GAA, .900 S%

LAST APPEARANCE:     

(16/17) in 2-1 OTW vs MIL 3/10/19

HEAD-TO-HEAD:     

N/A

ON THE ROAD:      

16 GP, (9-4-3), 0 SO, 2.94 GAA, .890 S%

 

 

KEYS TO SUCCESS:

  • MOW DOWN MACEK: The Monsters will need to watch out for Chicago RW Brooks Macek on Friday as Macek leads all Wolves skaters with six points (3G, 3A) in three appearances vs. Cleveland this year and ranks in the league’s top-five in points this season (57, T4th).
  • FLIP THE SCRIPT: The Monsters enter Friday’s game in the midst of a five-game road losing streak, but aim to halt that slide, while simultaneously snapping Chicago’s eight-game home winning streak.
  • DALPE’S DOMINANCE: Since his return from a 14-game injury absence, Cleveland’s top scorer, Zac Dalpe, has ten points to his credit (7G, 3A) in eight games played.