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Monsters Clash with Reign on the Road

In the third of four meetings between the two teams this season, the Cleveland Monsters, proud affiliate of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, drop the puck vs. the Ontario Reign, AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings, on Wednesday with full coverage, live from Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, CA, underway at 10:00 pm on Alt 99.1 and the Monsters Hockey Network.

MONSTERS PRE-SCOUT: Following a 2-6 road loss to the Stockton Heat on Sunday, the Cleveland Monsters enter tonight’s game at 20-32-4-3 on the season. With a .398 points percentage, the Monsters currently rank seventh in the AHL’s Central Division standings and 15th in the Western Conference standings. Cleveland is led in scoring by C Alex Broadhurst (15-18-33), LW Terry Broadhurst (12-14-26), and C Zac Dalpe (11-15-26).

REIGN PRE-SCOUT: In the wake of a 0-4 home loss to the San Antonio Rampage on Sunday, the Ontario Reign enter tonight’s game at 29-20-4-2 overall this season. With a .582 points percentage, the Reign currently rank fifth in the AHL’s Pacific Division standings and ninth in the Western Conference. Ontario is led in scoring by LW Michael Mersch (19-17-36), LW Matt Moulson (11-25-36), and C T.J. Hensick (8-22-30).

SEASON SERIES: Wednesday marks the third of four meetings between the Monsters and Reign this season and the first of two clashes at Ontario’s Citizens Business Bank Arena this year. Cleveland is 1-1-0-0 vs. the Reign both overall and at home with a +2 head-to-head goal differential (8/6).

 

MONSTERS GOALTENDERS

Matiss Kivlenieks
 OVERALL:      34 GP, (11-17-2), 0 SO, 3.11 GAA, .891 SV%
LAST APPEARANCE:      (32/38) in 2-6 L at SJ (3/9/18)
HEAD-TO-HEAD:      1 GP, (0-1-0), 0 SO, 6.00 GAA, .692 SV%
ON THE ROAD:     18 GP, (5-10-1), 0 SO, .889 SV%

 

Jeff Zatkoff
OVERALL:      8 GP, (2-4-1), 1 SO, 3.63 GAA, .863 SV%
LAST APPEARANCE:      (25/29) in 0-4 L at SJ (3/10/18)
HEAD-TO-HEAD:      N/A
ON THE ROAD: 2 GP, (1-1-0), 1 SO, .929 SV%

 

Ivan Kulbakov
 OVERALL:      8 GP, (0-5-0), 0 SO, 3.99 GAA, .861 SV%
LAST APPEARANCE:      (20/24) in 2-6 L at STK (3/11/18)
HEAD-TO-HEAD:      N/A
AT HOME:     4 GP, (0-3-0), 0 SO, .900 SV%

REIGN GOALTENDERS

Cal Petersen
OVERALL:      31 GP, (18-10-1), 3 SO, 2.38 GAA, .915 SV%
LAST APPEARANCE:      (19/23) in 0-4 L vs SA (3/11/18)
HEAD-TO-HEAD:      1 GP, (0-1-0), 0 SO, 4.65 GAA, .833 SV
AT HOME:      17 GP, (10-5-0), 2 SO, .907 SV%

 

Scott Wedgewood
OVERALL:      2 GP, (1-0-1), 0 SO, 2.97 GAA ,.902 SV%
LAST APPEARANCE:      (19/24) in 4-5 OTL at SD (3/2/18)
HEAD-TO-HEAD:      N/A
AT HOME:      N/A

 

KEYS TO SUCCESS:

  • FAMILIAR FACE: The Monsters will need to neutralize one of the most accomplished scorers in Monsters franchise history on Wednesday in Ontario C T.J. Hensick. In parts of three seasons with the Lake Erie Monsters from 2007-10, Hensick posted 39-92-131 in 120 appearances and ranks in the franchise’s all-time top-ten in goals (T7th), assists (2nd), points (2nd), and power-play goals (12, T8th), and Hensick’s 50 assists during the 2009-10 season are the most for a Monsters player in a single season in club history.
  • START FRESH: Yes, the Monsters still have three games remaining in their season-long 15-day seven-game road trip, but with two days off following a three-in-three, it feels like a new beginning for a team that is 1-3-0-0 on this trip and won’t be forced to endure games on back-to-back days for the remainder of the trek.
  • POSITIVE VIBES: Cleveland C Alex Broadhurst might be the only Monsters player in action on Wednesday that was a member of the Monsters’ 2016 Calder Cup Championship team, but he’ll be confident as he takes the ice at Citizens Business Bank Arena on Wednesday as he knows, as do Monsters fans, that the franchise is 2-0 in that venue all-time after the Monsters claimed games one and two of the 2016 Calder Cup Playoffs’ Western Conference Finals in Ontario en route to a sweep of the Reign and a subsequent sweep of the Hershey Bears in the 2016 Calder Cup Finals.