Monsters Look to Gain Momentum, Face Tucson Again Saturday Night
In the second 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 Tucson Roadrunners, AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Arizona Coyotes, on Saturday with full coverage, live from The Q, underway at 10:00 pm on 99X and the Monsters Hockey Network.
MONSTERS PRE-SCOUT: Following a 2-1 road overtime win over the Tucson Roadrunners on Friday, the Cleveland Monsters enter tonight’s game at 5-3-1-0 on the season. With a .611 points percentage, the Monsters currently rank third in the AHL’s Central Division standings and sixth in the Western Conference standings. Cleveland is led in scoring by LW Tyler Motte (5-2-7), C Carter Camper (3-2-5), and C Calvin Thurkauf (4-0-4).
ROADRUNNERS PRE-SCOUT: In the wake of a 1-2 home overtime loss to the Monsters on Friday, the Roadrunners enter tonight’s game at 5-1-2-0 overall this season. With a .750 points percentage, the Roadrunners currently rank first in the AHL’s Pacific Division standings and first in the Western Conference. Tucson is led in scoring by C Dylan Strome (1-9-10), RW Nick Merkley (4-3-7), and RW Mike Sislo (3-2-5).
SEASON SERIES: Saturday marks the second of four head-to-head meetings between the Monsters and Roadrunners this season and the second of two meetings between the two teams at Tucson Convention Center Arena in Tucson, AZ in the 2017-18 campaign. So far this season, the Monsters boast a +1 goal differential (2/1) vs. Tucson both overall and on the road this year.
|OVERALL:||5 GP, (4-1-0), 0 SO, 2.63 GAA, .898 SV%|
|LAST APPEARANCE:||(30/32) in 3-2 W vs RFD (10/31/17)|
|AT HOME:||1 GP, (1-0-0), 0 SO, 3.00 GAA, .897 SV%|
|OVERALL:||4 GP, (1-2-1), 0 SO, 1.72 GAA, .932 SV%|
|LAST APPEARANCE:||(20/21) in 2-1 W at TUC (11/3/17)|
|HEAD-TO-HEAD:||1 GP, (1-0-0), 0 SO, 0.94 GAA, .952 SV%|
|AT HOME:||2 GP, (1-1-0), 0 SO, .927 SV%|
|OVERALL:||4 GP, (3-0-0), 0 SO, 4.02 GAA, .884 SV%|
|LAST APPEARANCE:||(37/41) in 5-4 W vs IA (10/28/17)|
|ON THE ROAD:||2 GP, (1-0-0), 0 SO, .831 SV%|
|OVERALL:||2 GP, (1-0-1), 0 SO, 1.45 GAA, .949 SV%|
|LAST APPEARANCE:||(28/29) in 4-1 W vs IA (10/27/17)|
|ON THE ROAD:||1 GP, (1-0-0), 0 SO, 1.00 GAA, .966 SV%|
|OVERALL:||3 GP, (1-1-1), 1 SO, 1.15 GAA, .950 SV%|
|LAST APPEARANCE:||(27/29) in 1-2 OTL vs CLE (11/3/17)|
|HEAD-TO-HEAD:||1 GP, (0-0-1), 0 SO, 1.88 GAA, .931 SV%|
|ON THE ROAD:||2 GP, (0-1-1), 0 SO, .921 SV%|
KEYS TO SUCCESS:
- KEEP IT ROLLING: Following Cleveland’s 2-1 road overtime win over Tucson on Friday, the Monsters have won back-to-back games for the first time this season. The Monsters will try to keep building momentum on Saturday vs. the Roadrunners, a team currently in the midst of a seven-game point streak (5-0-2-0).
- JOLTIN’ JORDAN: Monsters LW Jordan Schroeder is red hot, with four points (1-3-4) and a +2 rating to his credit in his past three appearances. On Friday, Schroeder provided the lone assist on C Carter Camper’s game-winning overtime goal in Cleveland’s 2-1 win over Tucson.
- DYNAMIC DUO: One of the biggest reasons for the Monsters’ success as a team this season has been the play of their two goaltenders, Brad Thiessen and Matiss Kivlenieks. While Thiessen boasts a 4-1-0 record in five appearances with a 2.63 GAA and a .898 SV%, Kivlenieks earned his first-career professional win on Friday by virtue of a 20-save performance that left the rookie with a 1-2-1 record in four appearances with a 1.72 GAA and a .932 SV% - among the AHL’s top-ten marks in terms of GAA and SV% this season.