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Monsters announce three roster moves

Apr 26, 2021

The AHL’s Cleveland Monsters, top affiliate of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, announced Monday that the Blue Jackets assigned forward Josh Dunne to Cleveland and reassigned goaltender Daniil Tarasov to Cleveland from the Taxi Squad. Columbus additionally reassigned goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks to the Taxi Squad from the Monsters. In six appearances for the Blue Jackets this year, Dunne posted four penalty minutes and a -1 rating and added 2-1-3 with six penalty minutes and a -1 rating in seven appearances for the Monsters. Tarasov went 3-1-0 with a 3.23 goals-against average (GAA) and a .883 save percentage (S%) in four appearances for Cleveland this season and in seven appearances for the Monsters this year, Kivlenieks posted a record of 6-1-0 with a 2.27 GAA and a .926 S%.


A 6’4”, 209 lb. left-shooting native of O’Fallon, MO, Dunne, 22, tallied 29-26-55 with 70 penalty minutes and a +24 rating in 78 career NCAA appearances for Clarkson University spanning parts of three seasons from 2018-21. During his collegiate career, Dunne helped Clarkson claim the 2019 ECAC Championship, was named the ECAC’s Top Defensive Forward in 2019-20, and was named to the 2019-20 ECAC Third All-Star Team. In 140 USHL appearances for the Green Bay Gamblers spanning parts of four seasons from 2014-18, Dunne registered 34-40-74 with 91 penalty minutes and a +16 rating.


Originally selected by Columbus in the third round (86th overall) of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, Tarasov went 11-3-2 with two shutouts, a 2.07 goals-against average (GAA), and a .925 save percentage (S%) in 16 KHL appearances for Salavat Yulaev Ufa this season. A 6’5”, 185 lb. left-catching native of Novokuznetsk, Russia, Tarasov, 22, supplied a record of 11-4-3 with two shutouts, a 2.13 GAA and a .899 S% in 18 career KHL appearances spanning parts of two seasons from 2018-19 and 2020-21 and went 11-17-9 with one shutout, a 2.72 GAA and a .899 S% in 41 Liiga appearances for Ässät during the 2019-20 campaign. Tarasov also helped Russia claim Bronze Medal honors at the 2019 IIHF U20 World Junior Championship.


A 6’2”, 178 lb. left-catching native of Riga, Latvia, Kivlenieks, 24, supplied a record of 33-34-8 with three shutouts, a 3.14 GAA and .895 S% in 84 career AHL appearances, all for the Monsters, spanning parts of four seasons from 2017-21. During the 2018-19 season, Kivlenieks went 5-3-0 with a 2.71 GAA and .923 S% in eight appearances for the ECHL’s Kalamazoo Wings. Prior to his professional career, Kivlenieks posted a record of 36-7-2 with five shutouts, a 1.85 GAA and .932 S% in 49 appearances for the USHL’s Sioux City Musketeers during the 2016-17 season, helping Sioux City claim the 2017 Anderson Cup as USHL Regular Season Champions. Kivlenieks also claimed 2017 USHL Player of the Year and Goaltender of the Year honors, was named to the 2016-17 USHL First All-Star Team, and represented Latvia at the 2018 IIHF World Championships.

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