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Monsters Look to Even the Score Against the Gulls

In the third of four meetings between the two teams this season, the Cleveland Monsters, proud affiliate of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, drop the puck vs. the San Diego Gulls, AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks, on Sunday with full coverage, live from The Q, underway at 3:00 pm on Alt 99.1 and the Monsters Hockey Network.

MONSTERS PRE-SCOUT: Following a 3-4 home overtime loss to the San Diego Gulls on Saturday, the Cleveland Monsters enter tonight’s game at 21-34-7-3 on the season. With a .400 points percentage, the Monsters currently rank seventh in the AHL’s Central Division standings and 15th in the Western Conference standings. Cleveland is led in scoring by C Alex Broadhurst (19-22-41), LW Terry Broadhurst (13-18-31), and C Zac Dalpe (11-15-26).

GULLS PRE-SCOUT: In the wake of a 4-3 road overtime win over the Monsters on Saturday, the San Diego Gulls enter tonight’s game at 33-21-3-1 overall this season. With a .603 points percentage, the Gulls currently rank second in the AHL’s Pacific Division standings and fourth in the Western Conference. San Diego is led in scoring by LW Kalle Kossila (16-29-45), C Sam Carrick (13-25-38), and RW Corey Tropp (15-20-35).

SEASON SERIES: Sunday marks the third of four meetings between the Monsters and Gulls this season and the second of two tilts between Cleveland and San Diego at The Q. Overall this season, the Monsters are 1-0-1-0 vs. San Diego with an even goal differential (5/5), while Cleveland is 0-0-1-0 vs. the Gulls at home with a -1 goal differential (3/4).

 

MONSTERS GOALTENDERS

Matiss Kivlenieks
 OVERALL:      37 GP, (12-17-4), 0 SO, 3.18 GAA, .891 SV%
LAST APPEARANCE:      (37/41) in 3-4 OTL vs SD (3/24/18)
HEAD-TO-HEAD:      2 GP, (1-0-1), 0 SO, 2.43 GAA, .923 SV%
AT HOME:      18 GP, (6-7-3), 0 SO, .894 SV%

 

Jeff Zatkoff
OVERALL:      11 GP, (2-6-2), 1 SO, 3.73 GAA, .866 SV%
LAST APPEARANCE:      (26/31) in 1-5 L vs CHI (3/22/18)
HEAD-TO-HEAD:      N/A
AT HOME:      7 GP, (1-4-1), 0 SO, .833 SV%

 

GULLS GOALTENDERS

Reto Berra
OVERALL:      28 GP, (16-8-2), 3 SO, 2.56 GAA, .925 SV%
LAST APPEARANCE:      (30/33) in 4-3 OTW at CLE (3/24/18)
HEAD-TO-HEAD:      2 GP, (1-0-1), 0 SO, 2.44 GAA, .925 SV%
ON THE ROAD:      15 GP, (10-4-1), 0 SO, .910 SV%

 

Kevin Boyle
OVERALL:      29 GP, (16-10-2), 1 SO, 2.73 GAA, .920 SV%
LAST APPEARANCE:      (27/30) in first 51:17 of 2-5 L vs BAK (3/17/18)
HEAD-TO-HEAD:      N/A
ON THE ROAD:      12 GP, (4-5-2), 0 SO, .898 SV%

 

Leland Irving
OVERALL:      6 GP, (1-3-0), 0 SO, 3.47 GAA, .909 SV%
LAST APPEARANCE:      (33/39) in 3-6 L vs STK (11/10/17)
HEAD-TO-HEAD:      N/A
ON THE ROAD:      4 GP, (1-1-0), 0 SO, .905 SV%

 

KEYS TO SUCCESS:

  • JOLTIN’ JORDAN: The Monsters have been enjoying consistent production from LW Jordan Schroeder as of late. Not only is Schroeder scoring at a point per game pace vs. San Diego this season (2 GP, 2-0-2), but the former first-round pick (Vancouver 2009, 22nd overall), has five points to his credit (2G, 3A) in his past five appearances for Cleveland.
  • AMAZING ALEX: Monsters leading scorer Alex Broadhurst continues to pace Cleveland offensively. The Orland Park, IL native is currently in the midst of a three-game point streak (3-1-4), has eight points to his credit (4G, 4A) in his past six games played, and is scoring at a point per game pace vs. San Diego this season (2 GP, 1-1-2).
  • KEEP YOUR COOL: Cleveland will try to maintain their composure on Sunday and try to avoid the penalty box vs. the Gulls on Sunday as San Diego’s overall power-play currently leads the league at 22.0% and the Gulls’ road power-play also ranks in the league’s top-ten (19.6%, 8th) so far this season.