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Monsters Return Home for Game 3 Against Syracuse

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 Tuesday in the third game of the two teams’ best-of-five North Division Semi-Final series with full coverage, live from Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, underway at 7:30 pm on Alt 99.1, AHLTV and the Monsters Hockey Network. After a 5-1 win in Saturday's Game 2, the Monsters lead the series 2-0.

MONSTERS PRE-SCOUT: Following a 5-1 road win in Game 2 of their best-of-five North Division Semi-Final series vs. the Syracuse Crunch on Saturday, the Cleveland Monsters hold a 2-0 lead in the series. Cleveland is led in playoff scoring by LW Sonny Milano (1-3-4), C Ryan MacInnis (1-2-3) and C Mark Letestu (2-0-2).

CRUNCH PRE-SCOUT: Following a 1-5 home loss in Game 2 of their best-of-five North Division Semi-Final series vs. the Cleveland Monsters on Saturday, the Syracuse Crunch maintain a 0-2 deficit in the series. Syracuse is led in playoff scoring by C Carter Verhaeghe (1-3-4), RW Cory Conacher (1-2-3) and D Cameron Gaunce (0-2-2).

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 2-0 vs. Syracuse with a +6 goal differential (10/4).

 

MONSTERS GOALTENDERS PLAYOFF STATISTICS

32 Jeff Smith
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N/A

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N/A

 

39 Brad Thiessen
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2 GP, (2-0), 0 SO, 2.00 GAA, .895 S%

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(18/19) in 5-1 W at SYR 4/20/19

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N/A

 

35 Matiss Kivlenieks
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CRUNCH GOALTENDERS PLAYOFF STATS

41 Atte Tolvanen
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51 Martin Oullette
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N/A

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N/A

 

80 Eddie Pasquale
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2 GP, (0-2), 0 SO, 3.61 GAA, .877 S%

LAST APPEARANCE:     

(27/30) in 1-5 L vs CLE 4/20/19

ON THE ROAD:     

N/A

 

KEYS TO SUCCESS:

  • SONNY’S SHINING: Cleveland’s leading playoff scorer is LW Sonny Milano who is scoring at a two point per game pace in the North Division Semi-Final and is coming off a three-point performance in Cleveland’s 5-1 Game 2 road win.
  • ON THE MARK: Monsters C Mark Letestu leads the Monsters with two playoff goals and has eight points (4-4-8) in his past eight combined regular-season and playoff outings.
  • NEW FACES: On Monday, the Monsters released D Keoni Texeira from his PTO contract and recalled D Justin Wade from the ECHL’s Florida Everblades. Cleveland additionally signed D Will Lochead to an amateur tryout (ATO) contract and D Desmond Bergin to a professional tryout (PTO) deal.