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Monsters Prepare For Final Road Game Against Manitoba

In the fourth 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 Saturday 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 1-7 road loss to the Manitoba Moose on Thursday, the Cleveland Monsters enter tonight’s game at 7-7-2-2 on the season. With a .500 points percentage, the Monsters currently rank fifth in the AHL’s Central Division standings and 11th in the Western Conference standings. Cleveland is led in scoring by C Carter Camper (4-8-12), RW Miles Koules (5-5-10), and C Sam Vigneault (3-5-8).

MOOSE PRE-SCOUT: In the wake of a 7-1 home win over the Monsters on Thursday, the Moose enter tonight’s game at 16-5-1-1 overall this season. With a .739 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 (12-14-26), C Mason Appleton (8-14-22), and C Mike Sgarbossa (8-13-21).

SEASON SERIES: Saturday marks the fourth of eight meetings between the Monsters and Moose this season and the fourth of four meetings between the two teams at Bell MTS Place this year. So far this season, the Monsters are 1-2-0-0 vs. Manitoba both overall and on the road with a -8 goal differential (6/14) vs. the Moose.

MONSTERS GOALTENDERS

Brad Thiessen
OVERALL:      9 GP, (4-2-3), 0 SO, 2.86 GAA, .884 S%
LAST APPEARANCE:      (11/16) in first 36:18 of 1-7 L at MB (11/30/17)
HEAD-TO-HEAD:      2 GP, (1-1-0), 0 SO, 4.98 GAA, .822 SV%
ON THE ROAD:      5 GP, (1-1-3), 0 SO, .872 SV%

 

Matiss Kivlenieks
OVERALL:      8 GP, (2-4-1), 0 SO, 2.83 GAA, .890 S%
LAST APPEARANCE:      (7/9) in 23:33 of relief in 1-7 L at MB (11/30/17)
HEAD-TO-HEAD:      2 GP, (0-1-0), 0 SO, 3.70 GAA, .884 SV%
ON THE ROAD:      4 GP, (1-2-0), 0 SO, .868 S%

MOOSE GOALTENDERS

Michael Hutchinson
OVERALL:      10 GP, (8-1-1), 0 SO, 1.90 GAA, .947 S%
LAST APPEARANCE:      (34/35) in 7-1 W vs CLE (11/30/17)
HEAD-TO-HEAD:      2 GP, (1-1-0), 0 SO, 2.54 GAA, .926 SV%
AT HOME:      5 GP, (3-1-1), 0 SO, .933 SV%

 

Jamie Phillips
OVERALL-JAX (ECHL):      5 GP, (2-9-0), 1 SO, 3.38 GAA, .895 S%
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:

  • MR. KOUL-ES: Monsters RW Miles Koules, Cleveland’s second-leading scorer, is currently in the midst of a three-game points streak (2-1-3) and has a point in five of his past six games (3-2-5).
  • JOLTIN’ JACK: Manitoba’s top scorer, C Jack Roslovic, was named the CCM AHL Player of the Month on Friday and currently ranks tied for second league-wide in points (26) and goals (12), and is scoring at a better than point per-game pace vs. Cleveland this season (3 GP, 2-2-4).
  • FLIP THE SCRIPT: The Monsters would love to reverse two trends on Saturday. On Cleveland’s side, the Monsters seek to end a four-game winless streak (0-3-0-1) and a five-game road winless streak, while on the Manitoba side, Cleveland will look to end the Moose’s league-wide season-long eight-game winning streak, along with Manitoba’s five-game home winning streak and eight-game home points streak.