Monsters Kickoff Road trip with a Battle in Rockford

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 Rockford IceHogs, AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks, on Tuesday with full coverage, live from BMO Harris Bank Center in Rockford, IL, underway at 8:00 pm on Alt 99.1 and the Monsters Hockey Network.

MONSTERS PRE-SCOUT: Following a 3-5 home loss to the Grand Rapids Griffins on Saturday, the Cleveland Monsters enter tonight’s game at 9-15-3-2 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 Carter Camper (7-13-20), RW Miles Koules (7-6-13), and C Sam Vigneault (6-6-12).

ICEHOGS PRE-SCOUT: In the wake of a 6-2 road loss to the Chicago Wolves on Saturday, the Rockford IceHogs enter tonight’s game at 18-13-1-1 overall this season. With a .576 points percentage, the IceHogs currently rank second in the AHL’s Central Division standings and sixth in the Western Conference. Rockford is led in scoring by LW Matthew Highmore (14-8-22), LW Tomas Jurco (10-12-22), and C Vinnie Hinostroza (9-13-22).

SEASON SERIES: Tuesday marks the third of eight games between the Monsters and IceHogs this season and the first of four meetings between the two teams at BMO Harris Bank Center this season. Cleveland is 1-1-0-0 vs. Rockford overall this season with a -3 goal differential (3/6).


Matiss Kivlenieks
OVERALL:      16 GP, (4-9-2), 0 SO, 3.38 GAA, .874 SV%
LAST APPEARANCE:      (19/24) in 3-5 L vs GR (12/30/17)
ON THE ROAD:      7 GP, (1-4-1), 0 SO, .854 SV%


Ivan Kulbakov
 OVERALL:      5 GP, (0-3-0), 0 SO, 4.17 GAA, .869 SV%
LAST APPEARANCE:      (14/16) in 37:07 of relief in 2-5 L at GR (12/29/17)
ON THE ROAD:      2 GP, (0-1-0), 0 SO, .878 SV%


Collin Delia
OVERALL:      3 GP, (1-2-0), 0 SO, 3.76 GAA, .825 SV%
LAST APPEARANCE:   (25/29) in 3-5 L vs IA (12/29/17)
AT HOME:      1 GP, (0-1-0), 0 SO, 4.10 GAA, .862 SV%


Matt Tomkins
OVERALL:      1 GP, (0-1-0), 0 SO, 4.10 GAA, .806 SV%
LAST APPEARANCE:   (25/31) in 2-6 L at CHI (12/30/17)
AT HOME:      N/A


  • NEAR-PERFECT PAUL: So far this season, the Monsters are 5-0-0-0 when LW Paul Bittner scores a goal and 7-0-0-1 when Bittner registers a point.
  • GOING STREAKING: Four Monsters players are currently in the midst of multi-game point streaks, including C Carter Camper (four games – 2-2-4), RW Miles Koules (two games – 1-1-2), LW Nick Moutrey (two games – 0-2-2), and D Cameron Gaunce (two games – 0-2-2).
  • LATEST DEPARTURE: The Monsters will be without veteran center Zac Dalpe on Tuesday, as the former Ohio State Buckeye was added to the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets’ roster on emergency recall on Sunday evening, however, Cleveland will be buoyed on Tuesday by the return of C Jordan Maletta following a ten-game injury absence.