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Monsters Take on Marlies in Must-Win Match Up

In the eighth of eight meetings between the two teams this season, the Cleveland Monsters, affiliate of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, drop the puck vs. the Toronto Marlies, AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs, on Sunday with full coverage, live from Coca-Cola Coliseum in Toronto, ON, underway at 4:00 pm on Alt 99.1, AHLTV and the Monsters Hockey Network.

MONSTERS PRE-SCOUT: Following a 1-2 home loss to the Charlotte Checkers on Friday, the Cleveland Monsters enter tonight’s game at 36-29-8-2 on the season. With 82 points, the Monsters currently rank fifth in the AHL’s North Division standings and tenth in the Eastern Conference. Cleveland is led in scoring by C Zac Dalpe (32-22-54), C Mark Letestu (20-29-49) and D Adam Clendening (4-33-37).

MARLIES PRE-SCOUT: In the wake of a 2-3 home overtime loss to the Belleville Senators on Saturday, the Toronto Marlies enter tonight’s game at 39-23-9-4 on the season. With 91 points, the Marlies currently rank third in the AHL’s North Division standings and sixth in the Eastern Conference. Toronto is led in scoring by RW Jeremy Bracco (22-57-79), C Chris Mueller (33-32-65) and LW Dmytro Timashov (14-35-49).

SEASON SERIES: Sunday marks the eighth of eight meetings between the Monsters and Marlies this season and the fourth of four clashes between the two clubs at Coca-Cola Coliseum this year. So far this season, Cleveland is 4-1-2-0 overall with a +2 goal differential (31/29) and 2-1-0-0 vs. the Marlies on the road with a +3 goal differential (9/6).

 

MONSTERS GOALTENDERS

39 Brad Thiessen
OVERALL:     

25 GP, (11-8-4), 2 SO, 2.42 GAA, .912 S%

LAST APPEARANCE:     

(22/24) in 1-2 L vs CHA 4/12/19

HEAD-TO-HEAD:

2 GP, (1-1-0), 0 SO, 2.73 GAA, .907 S%

ON THE ROAD:     

11 GP, (3-5-2), 1 SO, 2.86 GAA, .890 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:

2 GP, (0-0-1), 0 SO, 6.18 GAA, .800 S%

ON THE ROAD:     

5 GP, (2-2-0), 1 SO, 2.83 GAA, .906 S%

 

MARLIES GOALTENDERS

30 Kasimir Kaskisuo
OVERALL:     

30 GP, (12-9-5), 4 SO, 3.07 GAA, .896 S%

LAST APPEARANCE:     

(33/36) in 2-3 OTL vs BEL 4/13/19

HEAD-TO-HEAD:     

1 GP, (0-1-0), 0 SO, 5.40 GAA, .792 S%

AT HOME:     

20 GP, (4-7-5), 2 SO, 3.70 GAA, .876 S%

 
50 Eamon McAdam
OVERALL:     

18 GP, (9-4-4), 1 SO, 2.87 GAA, .898 S%

LAST APPEARANCE:     

(38/42) in 3-4 OTL at BNG 4/6/19

HEAD-TO-HEAD:     

4 GP, (2-0-2), 0 SO, 3.11 GAA, .899 S%

AT HOME:      

6 GP, (3-2-1), 1 SO, 2.41 GAA, .908 S%

 

 

KEYS TO SUCCESS:

  • MARLIE MASHER: Monsters C Zac Dalpe leads all Cleveland skaters with 11 points (7G, 4A) in six appearances vs. Toronto this season.
  • VETERAN LEADER: Cleveland C Mark Letestu has five points (1G, 4A) in his last five appearances.
  • JUST WIN, BABY: With the race for the North Division’s final playoff spot coming down to the final day of the regular season, the Monsters are currently tied with the Belleville Senators in the point column, with Belleville owning the tiebreaker. That means Cleveland must earn one more point than the Senators do on Sunday in order to qualify for the postseason for the third time in franchise history.