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Monsters Head to Manitoba for First Road Trip of Season

In the first of eight meetings between the two teams this season, the Cleveland Monsters, proud affiliate of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, drop the puck vs. the Manitoba Moose, AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Winnipeg Jets, on Friday with full coverage, live from Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg, MB, underway at 8:00 pm on 99X and the Monsters Hockey Network.

MONSTERS PRE-SCOUT: Following a 0-4 home loss to the Rockford IceHogs on Saturday, the Cleveland Monsters enter tonight’s game at 0-1-0-0 on the season. With a .000 points percentage, the Monsters currently rank tied for sixth in the AHL’s Central Division standings and tied for 12th in the Western Conference standings. No Cleveland skaters have yet to record a point so far this season.

MOOSE PRE-SCOUT: In the wake of a 7-2 road win over the Grand Rapids Griffins on Saturday, the Manitoba Moose enter tonight’s game at 1-1-0-0 overall this season. With a .500 points percentage, the Moose currently rank tied for third in the AHL’s Central Division standings and tied for sixth in the Western Conference. Manitoba is led in scoring by C Mike Sgarbossa (2-2-4), LW Kyle Connor (2-1-3), LW Brendan Lemieux (1-2-3), and C Jack Roslovic (1-2-3).

SEASON SERIES: Friday marks the first of eight head-to-head meetings between the Monsters and Moose this season and the first of four meetings between the two teams at Bell MTS Place in the 2017-18 season. The Monsters are currently 0-0-0-0 vs. Manitoba overall this season with an even goal differential (0/0) and are 0-0-0-0 vs. the Moose on the road with an even goal differential (0/0).

KEYS TO SUCCESS:

  • JOLTIN’ JORDAN: On Friday, the Monsters will be buoyed by the presence of former first-round pick (Vancouver, 2009) Jordan Schroeder, who was loaned to Cleveland by the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets for the purpose of conditioning on Thursday. A veteran of 144 NHL games and 292 AHL games, Schroeder spent parts of two seasons in Winnipeg with the Moose from 2009-11.
  • FAMILIAR FACE: Moose C Mike Sgarbossa currently ranks tied for fourth in the AHL with four points to his credit so far this year, but once upon a time, Sgarbossa racked up 28-59-87 with 162 penalty minutes and a -44 rating in 146 appearances for the Monsters spanning parts of three seasons from 2012-15. Sgarbossa’s 59 assists as a Monster rank seventh-most in team history, while his six game-winning goals rank tied for eighth-most in franchise history and Sgarbossa’s 11 power-play goals rank tied for tenth-most in club history.
  • PLUG IN: Last Saturday, the Monsters’ power-play went a woeful 0/8 in a 4-0 home loss to the Rockford IceHogs. On Friday in Winnipeg, Cleveland will need to improve that mark with the extra skater if they plan to notch their first victory of the 2017-18 season.

MONSTERS GOALTENDERS

Brad Thiessen
 OVERALL:      1 GP, 0-1-0, 0 SO, 3.13 GAA, .857 SV%
LAST APPEARANCE:      (18/21) in 0-4 L vs RFD (10/7/17)
HEAD-TO-HEAD:      N/A
ON THE ROAD:      N/A

 

Matiss Kivlenieks 
OVERALL:      N/A
LAST APPEARANCE:      N/A
HEAD-TO-HEAD:      N/A
ON THE ROAD:      N/A

MOOSE GOALTENDERS

Eric Comrie
OVERALL:      1 GP, 0-1-0, 0 SO, 5.07 GAA, .773 SV%
LAST APPEARANCE:      (17/22) in 2-5 L at GR (10/6/17)
HEAD-TO-HEAD:      N/A
AT HOME:      N/A

 

Michael Hutchinson
OVERALL:     
1 GP, 1-0-0, 0 SO, 2.02 GAA, .947 SV%
LAST APPEARANCE:      (36/38) in 7-2 W at GR (10/7/17)
HEAD-TO-HEAD:      N/A
AT HOME:      N/A