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Monsters Look to Carry Momentum into Second Game Against Crunch

In the second 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 Syracuse Crunch, AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning, on Saturday with full coverage, live from The Q, underway at 1:00 pm on SportsTime Ohio, Alt 99.1, AHLTV and the Monsters Hockey Network.

MONSTERS PRE-SCOUT: Following a 4-3 home overtime win over the Syracuse Crunch on Friday, the Cleveland Monsters enter today’s game at 11-7-3-0 on the season. With 25 points, 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 (13-12-25), LW Nathan Gerbe (3-14-17) and LW Eric Robinson (9-7-16).

CRUNCH PRE-SCOUT: In the wake of a 3-4 road overtime loss to the Cleveland Monsters on Friday, the Syracuse Crunch enter tonight’s game at 11-5-2-0 on the season. With 24 points, the Crunch currently rank third in the AHL’s North Division standings and fifth in the Eastern Conference. Syracuse is led in scoring by RW Cory Conacher (9-17-26), C Carter Verhaeghe (8-13-21) and LW Andy Andreoff (10-8-18).

SEASON SERIES: Saturday marks the second of four meetings between the Monsters and Crunch this season and the second of two clashes between the two teams at Quicken Loans Arena this year. The Monsters currently boast a +1 goal differential (4/3) vs. Syracuse both overall and at home this year.

 

MONSTERS GOALTENDERS

30 35 J-F Berube
OVERALL:     

13 GP, (6-5-2), 0 SO, 3.30 GAA, .895 S%

LAST APPEARANCE:     

 (21/24) in 4-3 OTW vs SYR 11/30/18

HEAD-TO-HEAD:     

1 GP, (1-0-0), 0 SO, 2.86 GAA, .875 S%

AT HOME:     

7 GP, (3-3-1), 0 SO, .896 S%

 

39 Brad Thiessen
OVERALL:      3 GP, (2-1-0), 0 SO, 3.73 GAA, .873 S%
LAST APPEARANCE:     

(5/9) in first 22:23 of 1-6 L at HER 11/16/18

HEAD-TO-HEAD: N/A
AT HOME:     

2 GP, (2-0-0), 0 SO, .935 S%

 

80 Matiss Kivlenieks
OVERALL:      6 GP, (2-1-1), 1 SO, 3.43 GAA, .875 S%
LAST APPEARANCE:      (28/33) in 4-5 OTL vs TOR 11/28/18
HEAD-TO-HEAD:

N/A

AT HOME:      3 GP, (0-1-1), 0 SO, .797 S%

 

CRUNCH GOALTENDERS

51 Martin Ouellette
OVERALL (ORL-ECHL):      10 GP, (6-3-0), 1 SO, 3.38 GAA, .899 S%
LAST APPEARANCE:     

(36/41) in ORL-ECHL 3-6 L at ME-ECHL 11/14/18

HEAD-TO-HEAD:      N/A
ON THE ROAD:     

N/A

 

80 Eddie Pasquale
OVERALL:      8 GP, (4-2-2), 0 SO, 2.98 GA, .896 S%
LAST APPEARANCE:      (34/38) in 3-4 OTL at CLE 11/30/18
HEAD-TO-HEAD:     

1 GP, (0-0-1), 0 SO, 3.78 GAA, .895 S%

ON THE ROAD:     

5 GP, (1-2-2), 0 SO, .881 S%

 

KEYS TO SUCCESS:

  • HOME, SWEET HOME: Cleveland C Kevin Stenlund is currently riding a three-game home goal-scoring streak (3G), tied for the AHL’s longest such active streak.
  • AWESOME ADAM: Monsters D Adam Clendening is currently riding a six-game point streak (2-6-8), tied for the league’s fourth longest such active streak.
  • OFFENSIVE LEADER: Monsters C Zac Dalpe currently ranks in the AHL’s top-three in both points (25, T3rd) and goals (13, T2nd).