Monsters Look to Even the Score Against Penguins
In the second of four meetings between the two teams this season, the Cleveland Monsters, affiliate of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, drop the puck vs. the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins, on Saturday with full coverage, live from The Q, underway at 7:00 pm on Alt 99.1, AHLTV and the Monsters Hockey Network.
MONSTERS PRE-SCOUT: Following a 0-3 home loss to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Thursday, the Cleveland Monsters enter today’s game at 3-1-0-0 on the season. With a .750 points percentage, the Monsters currently rank first in the AHL’s Central Division standings and second in the Eastern Conference. Cleveland is led in scoring by C Zac Dalpe (4-2-6), LW Eric Robinson (3-2-5) and C Justin Scott (2-1-3).
PENGUINS PRE-SCOUT: In the wake of a 3-0 road win over the Cleveland Monsters on Thursday, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins enter today’s game at 2-0-0-0 on the season. With a 1.000 points percentage, the Penguins currently rank third in the AHL’s Atlantic Division standings and fourth in the Eastern Conference. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is led in scoring by C Anthony Angello (1-1-2), RW Sam Lafferty (1-1-2) and D Stefan Elliott (0-2-2).
SEASON SERIES: Saturday marks the second of four meetings between the Monsters and Penguins this season and the second of two games between the two teams at The Q this year. The Monsters are 0-1-0-0 vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton both overall and at home this season with a -3 goal differential (0/3)
|35 J-F Berbe|
|OVERALL:||3 GP, (2-1-0), 0 SO, 2.36 GAA, .933 S%|
(36/39) in 0-3 L vs WBS 10/11/18
1 GP, (0-1-0), 0 SO, 3.11 GAA, .923 S%
2 GP, (1-1-0), 0 SO, .938 S%
|39 Brad Thiessen|
|OVERALL:||1 GP, (1-0-0), 0 SO, 2.00 GAA, .935 S%|
|LAST APPEARANCE:||(29/31) in 5-2 W vs RFD 10/6/18|
1 GP, (1-0-0), 0 SO, 2.00 GAA, .935 S%
|80 Matiss Kivlenieks|
|31 Anthony Peters|
2 GP, (2-0-0), 1 SO, 0.97 GAA, .967 S%
(28/28) in 3-0 W at CLE 10/11/18
1 GP, (1-0-0), 1 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 S%
|ON THE ROAD:||1 GP, (1-0-0), 1 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 S%|
|35 Tristan Jarry|
|ON THE ROAD:||N/A|
KEYS TO SUCCESS:
- FAMILIAR FOES: Two members of the Monsters’ active roster are quite familiar with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Cleveland C Mark Letestu accumulated 51-83-134 with 55 penalty minutes and a +30 rating in 191 appearances for the Penguins spanning the entirety of his AHL experience over parts of four seasons from 2007-10. Similarly, Monsters G Brad Thiessen has spent significant time in a Wilkes-Barre/Scranton uniform, appearing in 149 regular-season and 37 playoff games for the Penguins spanning four seasons from 2009-13. During his time in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Thiessen twice claimed the Harry Holmes Memorial Award as part of the AHL’s top goaltending duo (2011, 2013) and claimed the Baz Bastien Memorial Award in 2011 as the best net-minder in the AHL.
- FORMER MONSTER: Penguins D Stefan Elliot spent four seasons with the Monsters from 2011-15 posting 43-52-95 in 199 regular-season games and adding 0-2-2 in five playoff games in a Monsters uniform.
- LOTS OF LEADERSHIP: The Monsters’ 2018-19 opening night roster features ten players that have worn the captain’s “C” at various stages of their careers, including: D Tommy Cross (Boston College-NCAA, 2011-12/Providence-AHL, 2015-18), RW Maxime Fortier (Halifax-QMJHL, 2017-18), LW Nathan Gerbe (Cleveland-AHL, 2018-19), C Ryan MacInnis (Kitchener-OHL, 2015-16), D Michael Prapavessis (RPI-NCAA, 2017-18), LW Eric Robinson (Princeton-NCAA, 2017-18), D Dillon Simpson (North Dakota-NCAA, 2013-14), D Doyle Somerby (Boston University-NCAA, 2016-17), LW Kevin Stenlund (HV71 J20-SuperElit, 2014-15), C Calvin Thurkauf (Switzerland-IIHF U20 WJC, 2017).