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Monsters Look to Keep Up Momentum as They Head to San Diego

In the fourth 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 San Diego Gulls, AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks, on Wednesday with full coverage, live from Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, CA, underway at 10:00 pm on Alt 99.1 and the Monsters Hockey Network.

MONSTERS PRE-SCOUT: Following a 6-0 road win over the Stockton Heat on Wednesday, the Cleveland Monsters enter tonight’s game at 22-35-7-3 on the season. With a .403 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 Alex Broadhurst (19-22-41), LW Terry Broadhurst (13-18-31), and C Zac Dalpe (11-15-26).

GULLS PRE-SCOUT: In the wake of a 2-3 home loss to the Bakersfield Condors on Wednesday, the San Diego Gulls enter tonight’s game at 34-22-3-1 overall this season. With a .600 points percentage, the Gulls currently rank third in the AHL’s Pacific Division standings and fifth in the Western Conference. San Diego is led in scoring by LW Kalle Kossila (16-30-46), C Sam Carrick (13-27-40), and RW Corey Tropp (15-21-36).

SEASON SERIES: Friday marks the fourth of four games between the Monsters and Gulls this season. Overall vs. San Diego, Cleveland is 1-1-1-0 this year with a -1 goal differential (6/7). On the road vs. the Gulls, the Monsters are 1-0-0-0 with a +1 goal differential (2/1).

MONSTERS GOALTENDERS

Matiss Kivlenieks
 OVERALL:      38 GP, (13-17-4), 1 SO, 3.09 GAA, .894 SV%
LAST APPEARANCE:      (28/28) in 6-0 W at STK 3/28/18
HEAD-TO-HEAD:      2 GP, (1-0-1), 0 SO, 2.43 GAA, .923 SV%
ON THE ROAD:      20 GP, (7-10-1), 1 SO, .894 SV%

 

Jeff Zatkoff
OVERALL:      12 GP, (2-7-2), 1 SO, 3.58 GAA, .872 SV%
LAST APPEARANCE:      (26/28) in 1-2 L vs SD (3/25/18)
HEAD-TO-HEAD:      1 GP, (0-1-0), 0 SO, 2.04 GAA, .929 SV%
ON THE ROAD:      4 GP, (1-2-1), 1 SO, .908 SV%

 

GULLS GOALTENDERS

Reto Berra
OVERALL:      29 GP, (16-9-2), 3 SO, 2.58 GAA, .925 SV%
LAST APPEARANCE:      (37/40) in 2-3 L vs BAK (3/28/18)
HEAD-TO-HEAD:      2 GP, (1-0-1), 0 SO, 2.44 GAA, .925 SV%
AT HOME:      14 GP, (6-5-1), 3 SO, .941 SV%

 

Kevin Boyle
OVERALL:      30 GP, (17-10-2), 1 SO, 2.67 GAA, .921 SV%
LAST APPEARANCE:      (27/28) in 2-1 W at CLE (3/25/18))
HEAD-TO-HEAD:      1 GP, (1-0-0), 0 SO, 1.00 GAA, .964 SV%
AT HOME:      17 GP, (12-5-0), 1 SO, .935 SV%

KEYS TO SUCCESS:

  • BIG MAN ON CAMPUS: Since joining the Monsters on an amateur tryout (ATO) contract following his collegiate career at the University of Connecticut, Cleveland F Spencer Naas has three points to his credit (2G, 1A) in three appearances for the Monsters.
  • MARVELOUS MATISS: Cleveland G Matiss Kivlenieks’ 28-save shutout of the Stockton Heat in a 6-0 Monsters road win on Wednesday was the first shutout of the rookie’s professional career.
  • MONSTER MASHERS: San Diego’s roster boats two players currently scoring at a point per game pace vs. the Monsters this season in D Jacob Larsson (3 GP, 1-2-3) and RW Austin Ortega (2 GP, 1-1-2).