From the Booth: Tony Brown & Last Season's NumbersSep 3, 2020
Hello again! We’re back with another edition of “From the Booth” as the Stanley Cup Playoffs roll on. This week I thought I’d take stock of the Monsters’ franchise record book at the conclusion of the team’s 13th, and strangest, season in the AHL.
Climbing the Ranks
This season many players continued their ascent through the ranks of Monsters’ all-time leaders, including veterans Justin Scott, Zac Dalpe, Adam Clendening and Brett Gallant.
Scott’s 242 appearances rank second in club history only to former-Cleveland defenseman Cameron Gaunce’s 264, while Dalpe’s 59 career Monsters goals rank just eight scores behind Andrew Agozzino’s franchise-record total of 67.
Dalpe’s 106 points also rank eighth-most in team history, just one point shy of Sonny Milano’s 107, while this season's captain also ranks among the club’s all-time best in power-play goals (19, 2nd) and game-winning goals (11, 1st).
Scott’s 239 penalty minutes also rank in the top ten all time (239, 8th). Clendening, last season's leading scorer and All Star, pushed his way into the team’s top ten in assists (67, 7th) while Gallant’s 490 Cleveland penalty minutes now sit just 32 shy of Dan Maggio’s team record (522).
Manning the Crease
All three of Cleveland’s 2019-20 goaltenders made their mark on the team’s record book last season as Brad Thiessen and Matiss Kivlenieks currently rank tied for sixth in club history with 77 appearances each.
The two net-minders rank sixth (Thiessen, 4,260) and seventh (Kivlenieks, 4,167) in club history in minutes played, respectively. Thiessen’s 36 wins rank tied for fifth-most in team history with Kivlenieks’ 27 victories slotting in seventh place all-time.
In terms of saves, Kivlenieks pulled ahead of Thiessen this season and into sixth place all-time (1,866) with Brad not far behind (1,783, 7th). Thiessen also ranks in the top three in franchise history in goals-against average (2.38, 3rd), save percentage (.913, 3rd), and shutouts (8, 3rd) while Kivlenieks’ three shutouts rank tied for eighth most.
Additionally, rookie Cleveland backstop Veini Vehvilainen climbed into the Monsters’ all-time top-ten in goals-against average (2.76, 9th), save percentage (.901, 10th) and shutouts (3, T8th).
Last season, both Clendening and Kevin Stenlund assembled impressive scoring streaks including Clendening’s franchise record-tying, eight-game assist streak (12 assists) between Dec. 21 and Jan. 11 and Stenlund’s ten-game point streak (11 points) from Nov. 21 to Dec. 13, tied for the third-longest in club history.
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Until next time, enjoy the Stanley Cup Playoffs and please continue to stay safe and healthy!