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Monsters Face Crunch in Game 2

In the first-ever series meeting between the two teams in the Calder Cup Playoffs, the Cleveland Monsters, AHL 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 in the second game of the two teams’ best-of-five North Division Semi-Final series with full coverage, live from War Memorial Arena in Syracuse, NY, underway at 7:00 pm on Alt 99.1, AHLTV and the Monsters Hockey Network. After a 5-3 win in Friday's Game 1, the Monsters lead the series 1-0.

MONSTERS PRE-SCOUT: Following a 5-3 road win in Game 1 of their best-of-five North Division Semi-Final series vs. the Syracuse Crunch on Friday, the Cleveland Monsters hold a 1-0 lead in the series. Cleveland is led in playoff scoring by LW Ryan MacInnis (1-1-2), C Zac Dalpe (1-0-1), C Mark Letestu (1-0-1), D Dillon Simpson (1-0-1) and C Kevin Stenlund (1-0-1).

CRUNCH PRE-SCOUT: Following a 3-5 home loss in Game 1 of their best-of-five North Division Semi-Final series vs. the Cleveland Monsters on Friday, the Syracuse Crunch maintain a 0-1 deficit in the series. Syracuse is led in playoff scoring by C Carter Verhaeghe (1-2-3), RW Cory Conacher (1-1-2), D Cameron Gaunce (0-2-2), LW Alexander Volkov (1-0-1) and C Alex Barre-Boulet (0-1-1).

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES: While this North Division Semi-Final is the first postseason series between the Monsters and Crunch in the teams’ franchise histories, Cleveland went 2-2-0-0 vs. Syracuse in the regular season with a -3 goal differential (14/17) and the Monsters were 1-1-0-0 vs. the Crunch at War Memorial Arena with a -2 goal differential (7/9). In the playoffs, the Monsters are 1-0 vs. Syracuse with a +2 goal differential (5/3).

 

MONSTERS GOALTENDERS PLAYOFF STATISTICS

32 Jeff Smith
OVERALL:     

N/A

LAST APPEARANCE:     

N/A

ON THE ROAD:     

N/A

 

39 Brad Thiessen
OVERALL:     

1 GP, (1-0), 0 SO, 3.00 GAA, .842 S%

LAST APPEARANCE:     

(16/19) in 5-3 W at SYR 4/19/19

ON THE ROAD:     

1 GP, (1-0), 0 SO, 3.00 GAA, .842 S%

 

35 Matiss Kivlenieks
OVERALL:     

N/A

LAST APPEARANCE:     

N/A

ON THE ROAD:     

N/A

 

CRUNCH GOALTENDERS PLAYOFF STATS

41 Atte Tolvanen
OVERALL:     

N/A

LAST APPEARANCE:     

N/A

AT HOME:     

N/A

 
51 Martin Oullette
OVERALL:     

N/A

LAST APPEARANCE:     

N/A

AT HOME:      

N/A

 

80 Eddie Pasquale
OVERALL:     

1 GP, (0-1), 0 SO, 4.16 GAA, .852 S%

LAST APPEARANCE:     

(23/27) in 3-5 L vs CLE 4/19/19

AT HOME:     

1 GP, (0-1), 0 SO, 4.16 GAA, .852 S%

 

KEYS TO SUCCESS:

  • MAGNIFICENT MACINNIS: Cleveland LW Ryan MacInnis posted a team-high two points (1G, 1A) in Friday’s 5-3 Game 1 win over the Crunch.
  • DEPTH OF SCORING: The Monsters were buoyed by team-wide scoring contributions on Friday with five different players tallying a goal and ten different players registering a point in Cleveland’s win.
  • PROLIFIC POWER-PLAY: Cleveland’s penalty kill will have its hands full with the Crunch’s lethal power-play unit on Saturday. A top-five league-wide extra-man contingent in the regular season, Syracuse’s man-up scored twice in two chances in Friday’s Game 1.