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Monsters Hope to Bounce Back in Road Series Against Manitoba

In the third 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 Thursday 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 2-3 home loss to the Texas Stars on Friday, the Cleveland Monsters enter tonight’s game at 7-6-2-2 on the season. With a .529 points percentage, the Monsters currently rank fifth in the AHL’s Central Division standings and tenth in the Western Conference standings. Cleveland is led in scoring by C Carter Camper (4-8-12), RW Miles Koules (5-4-9), and D Dean Kukan (0-8-8).

MOOSE PRE-SCOUT: In the wake of n 8-1 road win over the Rockford IceHogs, the Manitoba Moose enter tonight’s game at 15-5-1-1 overall this season. With a .727 points percentage, the Moose currently rank first in the AHL’s Central Division standings and first in the Western Conference. Manitoba is led in scoring by C Jack Roslovic (11-13-24), C Mike Sgarbossa (8-13-21), and C Mason Appleton (7-12-19).

SEASON SERIES: Thursday marks the third of eight meetings between the Monsters and Moose this season and the third of four meetings between the two teams at Bell MTS Place this year. So far this season, the Monsters are 1-1-0-0 vs. Manitoba both overall and on the road with a -2 goal differential (5/7) vs. the Moose.

 

MONSTERS GOALTENDERS

Brad Thiessen
 OVERALL:      8 GP, (4-1-3), 0 SO, 2.46 GAA, .900 SV%
LAST APPEARANCE:      (18/20) in 2-3 SOL at MIL (11/22/17)
HEAD-TO-HEAD:      1 GP, (1-0-0), 0 SO 3.00 GAA, .897 S%
ON THE ROAD:      4 GP, (1-0-3), 0 SO, .901 SV%

 

Matiss Kivlenieks
OVERALL:      7 GP, (2-4-1), 0 SO, 2.70 GAA, .896 SV%
LAST APPEARANCE:      (25/28) in 1-4 L vs TEX (11/24/17)
HEAD-TO-HEAD:      1 GP, (0-1-0), 0 SO, 3.13 GAA, .912 SV%
ON THE ROAD:  3 GP, (1-2-0), 0 SO, .878 SV%

MOOSE GOALTENDERS

Michael Hutchinson
OVERALL:      9 GP, (7-1-1), 0 SO, 2.00 GAA, .945 SV%
LAST APPEARANCE:      (47/48) in 8-1 W at RFD (11/28/18)
HEAD-TO-HEAD:      1 GP, (0-1-0), 0 SO, 4.12 GAA, .879 SV%
AT HOME:      4 GP, (2-1-1), 0 SO, .923 SV%

 

Jamie Phillips
OVERALL:      12 GP, (2-9-0), 1 SO, 3.38 GAA, .895 SV%
LAST APPEARANCE:      (34/38) in JAX (ECHL) 2-4 L at ATL (ECHL) (11/26/17)
HEAD-TO-HEAD:      N/A
AT HOME:      N/A

 

KEYS TO SUCCESS:

  • NHL INFLUX: The Monsters will get a boost on Thursday from the assignment of NHL regulars LW Markus Hannikainen and LW Jordan Schroeder, along with D Gabriel Carlsson, all assigned to Cleveland in the previous few days by the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets.
  • COLUMBUS KID: The Monsters will have their hands full on Thursday with Manitoba’s leading scorer, C Jack Roslovic, a Columbus, OH native. Roslovic currently ranks third in the AHL in points (24) and goals (11, T3rd).
  • END IT ALL: Cleveland will aim to reverse a few different trends on Thursday in Winnipeg. The Monsters aim to halt their own three-game winless streak (0-2-0-1) and four-game road winless streak (0-1-1-2), and will attempt to stop Manitoba’s seven-game winning streak, four-game home winning streak, and seven-game home points streak.