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Monsters Look for Fifth Straight Win In Purple Game Against Phantoms

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 Lehigh Valley Phantoms, AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers, on Saturday with full coverage, live from The Q, underway at 7:00 pm on Alt 99.1, AHLTV and the Monsters Hockey Network.

MONSTERS PRE-SCOUT: Following a 6-3 home win over the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on Friday, the Cleveland Monsters enter tonight’s game at 34-26-7-1 on the season. With 76 points, the Monsters currently rank fourth in the AHL’s North Division standings and eighth in the Eastern Conference. Cleveland is led in scoring by C Zac Dalpe (29-20-49), C Mark Letestu (19-25-44) and D Adam Clendening (4-31-35).

PHANTOMS PRE-SCOUT: In the wake of a 3-6 road loss to the Cleveland Monsters on Friday, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms enter tonight’s game at 33-28-4-3 on the season. With 73 points, the Phantoms currently rank sixth in the AHL’s Atlantic Division standings and 11th in the Eastern Conference. Lehigh Valley is led in scoring by LW Greg Carey (27-30-57), RW Chris Conner (14-32-46) and D T.J. Brennan (8-32-40).

SEASON SERIES: Saturday marks the fourth of four meetings between the Monsters and Phantoms this season and the second of two clashes between the two clubs at Quicken Loans Arena this year. So far this season, Cleveland is 3-0-0-0 vs. Lehigh Valley overall with a +9 goal differential (15/6) and the Monsters are 1-0-0-0 vs. the Phantoms at home with a +3 goal differential (6/3).

 

MONSTERS GOALTENDERS

35 J-F Berube
OVERALL:     

43 GP, (21-17-5), 0 SO, 3.01 GAA, .896 S%

LAST APPEARANCE:     

(32/34) in first 57:22 of 5-2 W at ROC 3/22/19

HEAD-TO-HEAD:     

1 GP, (1-0-0), 0 SO, 2.00 GAA, .909 S%

AT HOME:     

20 GP, (9-8-3), 0 SO, 3.46 GAA, .884 S%

 

39 Brad Thiessen
OVERALL:     

18 GP, (9-5-2), 1 SO, 2.55 GAA, .912 S%

LAST APPEARANCE:     

(26/29) in 6-3 W vs. LV 3/29/19

HEAD-TO-HEAD:

1 GP, (1-0-0), 0 SO, 3.00 GAA, .897 S%

AT HOME:     

10 GP, (8-1-0), 1 SO, 1.93 GAA, .934 S%

 

35 Matiss Kivlenieks
OVERALL:     

14 GP, (4-4-1), 1 SO, 3.71 GAA, .873 S%

LAST APPEARANCE:     

(4/7) in first 25:01 of 3-4 OTL vs BNG 2/10/19

HEAD-TO-HEAD:

N/A

AT HOME:     

 9 GP, (2-2-1), 0 SO, 4.28 GAA, .852 S%

 

PHANTOMS GOALTENDERS

34 Alex Lyon
OVERALL:     

33 GP, (15-15-3), 1 SO, 2.58 GAA, .918 S%

LAST APPEARANCE:     

(40/43) in 4-3 OTW at ROC 3/27/19

HEAD-TO-HEAD:     

2 GP, (0-2-0), 0 SO, 4.10 GAA, .895 S%

ON THE ROAD:     

14 GP, (8-5-1), 0 SO, 2.45 GAA, .922 S%

 

56 Mike McKenna
OVERALL:     

8 GP, (4-4-0), 0 SO, 3.88 GAA, .891 S%

LAST APPEARANCE:     

(35/41) in 3-6 L at CLE 3/29/19

HEAD-TO-HEAD:     

1 GP, (0-1-0), 0 SO, 6.00 GAA, .854 S%

ON THE ROAD:      

4 GP, (1-3-0), 0 SO, 5.25 GAA, .853 S%

 

 

KEYS TO SUCCESS:

  • ROLLIN’ ALONG: Cleveland will look to keep building momentum on Saturday as the team has won a season-best four-consecutive games, and six straight at home, while looking to extend an active six-game points streak.
  • FRANCHISE FRONT-RUNNER: Following a four-point, hat-trick performance on Friday, Monsters C Zac Dalpe is just one goal away from tying the Monsters’ franchise record for goals in a single season and with two hat tricks this season, Dalpe is now tied for the Monsters’ franchise record for hat ricks in a single season. Dalpe is additionally in the midst of a five-game goal streak, a three-game home goal streak and a seven-game points streak.
  • HITTING THE MARK: Cleveland C Mark Letestu currently ranks in the AHL’s top-ten in game-winning goals (6, T7th) and is in the midst of a four-game points streak with 2-5-7 to his credit over that span.