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Monsters Continue Road Trip, Clash with Ontario

In the fourth 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 9:00 pm on Alt 99.1 and the Monsters Hockey Network.

MONSTERS PRE-SCOUT: Following a 1-3 road loss to the San Diego Gulls on Friday, the Cleveland Monsters enter tonight’s game at 22-36-7-3 on the season. With a .397 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 (19-22-41), LW Terry Broadhurst (13-18-31), and C Zac Dalpe (11-15-26).

REIGN PRE-SCOUT: In the wake of a 6-0 home win over the Bakersfield Condors on Friday, the Ontario Reign enter tonight’s game at 34-21-4-2 overall this season. With a .607 points percentage, the Reign currently rank second in the AHL’s Pacific Division standings and fourth in the Western Conference. Ontario is led in scoring by LW Michael Mersch (20-22-42), LW Matt Moulson (13-27-40), and T.J. Hensick (11-29-40).

SEASON SERIES: Saturday marks the fourth of four games between the Monsters and Reign this season. Overall vs. Ontario, Cleveland is 1-1-1-0 this year with a +1 goal differential (10/9). On the road vs. the Reign, the Monsters are 0-0-1-0 with a -1 goal differential (2/3).

MONSTERS GOALTENDERS

Matiss Kivlenieks
 OVERALL:      38 GP, (13-17-4), 1 SO, 3.09 GAA, .894 SV%
LAST APPEARANCE:      (28/28) in 6-0 W at STK 3/28/18
HEAD-TO-HEAD:      2 GP, (1-0-1), 0 SO, 2.43 GAA, .923 SV%
ON THE ROAD:      20 GP, (7-10-1), 1 SO, .894 SV%

 

Jeff Zatkoff
OVERALL:      13 GP, (2-8-2), 1 SO, 3.54 GAA, .872  SV%
LAST APPEARANCE:      (20/23) in 1-3 L at SD (3/30/18)
HEAD-TO-HEAD:

1GP, (0-0-1), 0 SO, 2.88 GAA, .912 SV%

ON THE ROAD:      5 GP, (1-3-1), 1 SO, .901 SV%

 

REIGN GOALTENDERS

Cal Petersen
OVERALL:      36 GP, (22-11-1), 4 SO, 2.32 GAA, .918  SV%
LAST APPEARANCE:      (20/20) in 6-0 W vs BAK (3/30/18))
HEAD-TO-HEAD:      2 GP, (1-1-0), 0 SO, 2.95 GAA, .900 SV%
AT HOME:      21 GP, (13-6-0), 3 SO, .914 SV%

 

Scott Wedgewood
OVERALL:      3 GP, (2-0-1), 0 SO, 3.29 GAA, .896 SV%
LAST APPEARANCE:      (31/35) in 5-4 OTW vs SJ (3/18/18)
HEAD-TO-HEAD:      N/A
AT HOME:      11 GP, (1-0-0), 0 SO, 3.94 GAA, .886 SV%

KEYS TO SUCCESS:

  • HELPING HAND: Monsters C Justin Scott is scoring at a point per game pace in his last four appearances with four assists to his credit over that span.
  • TOUGH CUSTOMERS: Ontario LW Bokondji Imama currently ranks in the AHL’s top-three among rookie skaters in major penalties (5, T3rd) while D Sean Walker ranks third among AHL rookies in minor penalties (25) so far this season.
  • DON’T FALL BEHIND: It’s of critical importance that the Monsters maintain at least a tie heading into the third period on Saturday as Cleveland is just 2-30-1-1 when trailing through two periods of play and Ontario is 23-0-2-0 when leading after 40 minutes.