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Game Preview: Monsters at Rochester 3/31

Game Preview: Monsters at Rochester 3/31

Mar 31, 2021

In the second of six meetings between the two teams this season, the Cleveland Monsters, AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, drop the puck vs. the Rochester Americans, AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres, on Wednesday with full coverage, live from Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, NY, underway at 6:00 pm on FOX Sports 1350 AM “The Gambler”, AHLTV and the Monsters Hockey Network.

 

MONSTERS PRE-SCOUT: Following a 5-2 home win over the Texas Stars on Sunday, the Cleveland Monsters enter tonight’s game at 6-5-1-0 on the season. With 13 points, the Monsters currently rank fourth in the Central Division standings and 14th league-wide. Cleveland is currently led in scoring by RW Trey Fix-Wolansky (4-5-9), LW Tyler Sikura (4-5-9), and RW Carson Meyer (3-5-8).

 

AMERICANS PRE-SCOUT: Following a 4-3 home overtime loss to the Syracuse Crunch on Friday, the Rochester Americans enter tonight’s game at 6-3-1-1 on the season. With 14 points, the Americans currently rank fourth in the North Division standings and ninth league-wide. Rochester is currently led in scoring by LW Remi Elie (3-5-8), C Arttu Ruotsalainen (3-5-8), and LW Brett Murray (3-4-7).

 

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES: Wednesday marks the second of six meetings between the Monsters and Americans this season (0-1-0-0) and the first of three games between the two clubs at Blue Cross Arena this year.

MONSTERS GOALTENDERS:

35 Hayden Stewart  OVERALL 12 GP, (4-6-2), 0 SO, 3.19 GAA, .906 S%
  LAST APP. 

(33/34) in 56:23 of relief in BHM 3-2 W at HSV 3/14/21

  HEAD-TO-HEAD

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  ON THE ROAD --
39 Brad Thiessen  OVERALL 8 GP, (3-4-1), 0 SO, 3.03 GAA, .900 S%
  LAST APP.  (24/26) in 5-2 W vs TEX 3/28/21
  HEAD-TO-HEAD 1 GP, (0-1-0), 0 SO, 6.13 GAA, .818 S%
  ON THE ROAD 2 GP, (1-0-1), 0 SO, 2.48 GAA, .919 S%
80 Matiss Kivlenieks OVERALL 3 GP, (3-0-0), 0 SO, 2.27 GAA, .938 S%
  LAST APP. 

(42/43) in 3-1 W at CHI 3/6/21

  HEAD-TO-HEAD --
  ON THE ROAD 2 GP, (2-0-0), 0 SO, 1.92 GAA, .951 S%

AMERICANS GOALTENDERS:

1 Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen OVERALL 8 GP, (5-2-1), 0 SO, 3.19 GAA, .904 S%
  LAST APP.      (35/37) in 2-3 SOL at UTI 3/10/21
  HEAD-TO-HEAD

1 GP, (1-0-0), 0 SO, 3.00 GAA, .935 S%

  AT HOME

3 GP, (3-0-0), 0 SO, 2.58 GAA, .915 S%

34 Stefanos Lekkas OVERALL

1 GP, (0-0-1), 0 SO, 3.84 GAA, .862 S%

  LAST APP.  (25/29) in 3-4 OTL vs SYR 3/26/21
  HEAD-TO-HEAD

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  AT HOME 1 GP, (0-0-1), 0 SO, 3.84 GAA, .862 S%

KEYS TO SUCCESS:

  • GAVIN THE GREAT: Cleveland D Gavin Bayreuther tied a Monsters single-game franchise record with four assists in Sunday’s 5-2 home win over Texas. In his past six appearances, Bayreuther has eight points (8A) to his credit.
  • MAGNIFICENT MEYER: Monsters RW Carson Meyer is currently in the midst of a three-game point streak (1-2-3).
  • EXCELLENT EVAN: Cleveland LW Evan Polei currently ranks in the AHL’s top five in penalty minutes (35 PIM, T4th) and is currently riding a two-game point streak (2-1-3).
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