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Monsters Take on Rocket in Round Two at Laval

Monsters take on Rocket in Round Two at Laval

Oct 5, 2019

In the second 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 Laval Rocket, AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Montreal Canadians, on Saturday with full coverage, live from Place Bell in Laval, QC, underway at 3:00 pm on Alt 99.1, AHLTV and the Monsters Hockey Network.

 

MONSTERS PRE-SCOUT: Following Friday’s 3-2 road win over the Laval Rocket, the Cleveland Monsters are currently 1-0-0-0 and with two standings points, rank tied for first place in the North Division and overall Eastern Conference standings. Cleveland is currently led in scoring by D Adam Clendening (1-0-1), RW Trey Fix-Wolansky (1-0-1) and LW Calvin Thurkauf (1-0-1).

 

LAVAL PRE-SCOUT: In the wake of Friday’s 2-3 home loss to the Cleveland Monsters, the Laval Rocket are currently 0-1-0-0 and with zero standings points, rank tied for fourth place in the North Division and overall Eastern Conference standings. Laval is currently led in scoring by C Alex Belzile (1-1-2), C Charles Hudon (1-0-1), C Jake Evans (0-1-1) and D Xavier Ouellet (0-1-1).

 

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES: Saturday marks the second of eight meetings between the Monsters and Rocket this season and the second of four meetings between the two teams at Place Bell this year. So far this campaign, Cleveland is 1-0-0-0 both overall and on the road vs. Laval with a +1 goal differential in both scenarios (3/2).

 

MONSTERS GOALTENDERS:

 

35 Veini Vehvilainen OVERALL

0 GP, (0-0-0), 0 SO, 0.00 GAA, .000 S%

  LAST APP.  N/A
  HEAD-TO-HEAD N/A
  ON THE ROAD N/A
39 Brad Thiessen OVERALL 0 GP, (0-0-0), 0 SO, 0.00 GAA, .000 S%
  LAST APP.  N/A
  HEAD-TO-HEAD N/A
  ON THE ROAD N/A
80 Matiss Kivlenieks OVERALL 1 GP, (1-0-0), 0 SO, 2.00 GAA, .931 S%
  LAST APP.  (27/29) in 3-2 W at LAV 10/4/19
  HEAD-TO-HEAD 1 GP, (1-0-0), 0 SO, 2.00 GAA, .931 S%
  ON THE ROAD 1 GP, (1-0-0), 0 SO, 2.00 GAA, .931 S%

ROCKET GOALTENDERS:

 31 Cayden Primeau OVERALL

0 GP, (0-0-0), 0 SO, 0.00 GAA, .000 S%

  LAST APP.      N/A
  HEAD-TO-HEAD N/A
  ON THE ROAD N/A
35 Charlie Lindgren OVERALL

1 GP, (0-1-0), 0 SO, 3.00 GAA, .870 S%

  LAST APP. 

(20/23) in 2-3 L vs CLE 10/4/19

  HEAD-TO-HEAD 1 GP, (0-1-0), 0 SO, 3.00 GAA, .870 S%
  ON THE ROAD

1 GP, (0-1-0), 0 SO, 3.00 GAA, .870 S%

 

KEYS TO SUCCESS:

  • BALANCED ATTACK: In Friday’s season opener, the Monsters enjoyed production from eight different players; five forwards, two defensemen and one goaltender, three of the team’s four forward lines and two defensive pairings.
  • V FOR VICTORY: After third-year net-minder Matiss Kivlenieks stopped 27 pucks in victory on Friday, the highly-anticipated North American debut of Finland-born goaltender Veini Vehvilainen is expected on Saturday afternoon. Following a standout season with Karpat in Finland’s Liiga last year, Vehvilainen was named Liiga’s top goaltender for the second consecutive campaign and helped lead the Finns to a Gold Medal at the IIHF World Championships.
  • FIRST TIME’S THE CHARM: In the Monsters’ 3-2 Friday road win over the Rocket, Cleveland RW Trey Fix-Wolansky netted the game-winning strike, his first professional regular-season goal, and D Andrew Peeke posted his first professional point, an even-strength assist.
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