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Monsters Get Second Shot Against the Rocket at Home

In the sixth of eight meetings between the two teams this season, the Cleveland Monsters, affiliate of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, drop the puck vs. the Laval Rocket, AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Montreal Canadiens, on Friday with full coverage, live from The Q, underway at 7:00 pm on FOX Sports Ohio, Alt 99.1, AHLTV and the Monsters Hockey Network.

MONSTERS PRE-SCOUT: Following a 4-5 home loss to the Laval Rocket on Thursday, the Cleveland Monsters enter tonight’s game at 26-24-6-1 on the season. With 59 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 (18-16-34), C Mark Letestu (14-18-32) and LW Nathan Gerbe (10-22-32).

ROCKET PRE-SCOUT: In the wake of a 5-4 road win over the Cleveland Monsters on Thursday, the Laval Rocket enter tonight’s game at 24-24-5-4 on the season. With 57 points, the Rocket currently rank seventh in the AHL’s North Division standings and 13th in the Eastern Conference. Laval is led in scoring by C Alex Belzile (13-30-43), C Jake Evans (11-20-31) and C Daniel Audette (10-20-30).

SEASON SERIES: Friday marks the sixth of eight meetings between the Monsters and Rocket this season and the fourth of four clashes between the two clubs at Quicken Loans Arena this year. So far this season, Cleveland shows a record of 2-3-0-0 vs. Laval overall with a -3 goal differential (14/17) and the Monsters are 1-2-0-0 vs. the Rocket at home this season with a -3 goal differential (9/12).

 

MONSTERS GOALTENDERS

35 J-F Berube
OVERALL:     

40 GP, (18-17-5), 0 SO, 3.11 GAA, .892 S%

LAST APPEARANCE:     

(21/26) in 4-5 L vs LAV 2/28/19

HEAD-TO-HEAD:     

4 GP, (2-2-0), 0 SO, 3.01 GAA, .894 S%

AT HOME:     

19 GP, (8-8-3), 0 SO, .881 S%

 

39 Brad Thiessen
OVERALL:     

9 GP, (4-3-1), 0 SO, 3.28 GAA, .886 S%

LAST APPEARANCE:     

(21/25) in 2-4 L at BEL 2/16/19

HEAD-TO-HEAD: N/A
AT HOME:     

5 GP, (3-1-0), 0 SO, 2.62 GAA, .904 S%

 

ROCKET GOALTENDERS

35 Charlie Lindgren
OVERALL:     

31 GP, (10-14-5), 0 SO, 2.90 GAA, .885 S%

LAST APPEARANCE:     

(7/10) in first 26:29 of 5-4 W at CLE 2/28/19

HEAD-TO-HEAD:     

3 GP, (1-1-0), 0 SO, 2.88 GAA, .894 S%

ON THE ROAD:     

19 GP, (5-9-3), 0 SO, .878 S%

 

40 Michael McNiven
OVERALL (RC-ECHL):     

20 GP, (9-6-2), 2 SO, 2.36 GAA, .908 S%

LAST APPEARANCE:     

(13/14) in 33:31 of relief in 5-4 W at CLE 2/28/19

HEAD-TO-HEAD:     

2 GP, (2-0-0), 1 SO, 0.65 GAA, .981 S%

ON THE ROAD:     

10 GP, (4-4-0), 0 SO, .867 S%

 

 

KEYS TO SUCCESS:

  • ZAC ATTACK: Monsters C Zac Dalpe is currently in the midst of a four-game point streak with six points (3G, 3A) to his credit over that span.
  • CROSS IS CRUISIN’: Cleveland D Tommy Cross is currently riding a four-game point streak with six points (2G, 4A) to his credit over that span.
  • ON THE MARK: Monsters C Mark Letestu is currently in the midst of a five-game point streak with six points (1G, 5A) to his credit over that span.