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Game Preview: Monsters at IceHogs 1/14

Game Preview: Monsters at IceHogs 1/14

Jan 14, 2022

In the first of four meetings between the two teams this season, the Cleveland Monsters, AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, drop the puck vs. the Rockford IceHogs, AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks, on Friday with full coverage, live from BMO Harris Bank Center in Rockford, IL, underway at 8:00 pm on FOX Sports 1350 AM “The Gambler”, AHLTV and the Monsters Hockey Network.

 

MONSTERS PRE-SCOUT: Following a 3-4 road loss to the Chicago Wolves on Sunday, the Cleveland Monsters enter today’s game at 11-9-4-3 on the season. With a .537 points percentage, the Monsters currently rank fifth in the North Division standings and tenth in the Eastern Conference. Cleveland is currently led in scoring by C Brendan Gaunce (9-10-19), D Jake Christiansen (5-14-19), and C Liam Foudy (6-11-17).

 

ICEHOGS PRE-SCOUT: Following a 6-2 road win over the Milwaukee Admirals on Saturday, the Rockford IceHogs enter today’s game at 13-11-1-1 on the season. With a .538 points percentage, the IceHogs currently rank third in the Central Division standings and eighth in the Western Conference. Rockford is currently led in scoring by LW Lukas Reichel (11-9-20), C Dylan McLaughlin (3-10-13), and RW Alexander Nylander (8-4-12).

 

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES: Friday marks the first of four meetings between the Monsters and IceHogs this season and the first of two games between the two clubs at BMO Harris Bank Center this year.

MONSTERS GOALTENDERS:

31 Jet Greaves OVERALL 4 GP, (1-2-0), 0 SO, 2.84 GAA, .919 S%
  LAST APP.  (30/34) in 3-4 L at CHI 1/9/22
  ON THE ROAD 2 GP, (1-1-0), 0 SO, 2.54 GAA, .933 S%
  KAL (ECHL) 15 GP, (10-5-0), 0 SO, 3.05 GAA, .907 S%
33 Cam Johnson OVERALL 2 GP, (1-0-1), 0 SO, 2.41 GAA, .919 S%
  LAST APP. (22/23) in 2-1 OTW at GR 1/8/22
  ON THE ROAD 2 GP, (1-0-1), 0 SO, 2.41 GAA, .919 S%
  FLA (ECHL) 10 GP, (6-3-1), 1 SO, 2.11 GAA, .911 S%

ICEHOGS GOALTENDERS:

31 Cale Morris OVERALL 2 GP, (1-0-0), 0 SO, 1.64 GAA, .919 S%
  LAST APP.  (17/18) in 2-1 W vs HSK 12/11/21
  AT HOME

1 GP, (1-0-0), 0 SO, 1.00 GAA, .944 S%

  IND (ECHL) 14 GP, (6-5-2), 1 SO, 2.82 GAA, .898 S%
40 Arvid Soderblum OVERALL 9 GP, (4-5-0), 0 SO, 3.15 GAA, .915 S%
  LAST APP. 

(26/29) in 2-3 L at TEX 12/18/21

  AT HOME 5 GP, (2-3-0), 0 SO, 2.64 GAA, .917 S%
  CHI (NHL) 2 GP, (0-1-0), 0 SO, 4.23 GAA, .881 S%
60 Collin Delia OVERALL 11 GP, (6-4-1), 1 SO, 2.51 GAA, .920 S%
  LAST APP.

(33/35) in 6-2 W at MIL 1/8/22

  AT HOME 4 GP, (2-2-0), 1 SO, 2.22 GAA, .925 S%
  CHI (NHL) 1 GP, (0-1-0), 0 SO, 9.00 GAA, .571 S%
80 Tom Aubrun IND (ECHL)

4 GP, (0-2-1), 0 SO, 4.33 GAA, .856 S%

KEYS TO SUCCESS:

  • GOING STREAKING: Monsters C Tyler Sikura is currently riding a two-game assist streak (2), while C Jake Gaudet and RW Trey Fix-Wolansky are both riding two-game point streaks (1-1-2 each).
  • BAD BEHAVIOR: Cleveland C Josh Dunne currently ranks in the AHL’s top five among rookies in minor penalties (14, 2nd) and penalty minutes (33, 5th) so far this season.
  • CHRISTIANSEN’S CRUISING: Monsters D Jake Christiansen currently ranks among the AHL’s top-five defensemen in points (19, T5th), goals (5, T5th), and shots on goal (65, 5th).
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