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Monsters Return Home for Game 3 of North Division Finals Against Marlies

In the first-ever series meeting between the two teams in the Calder Cup Playoffs, the Cleveland Monsters, AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, drop the puck vs. the Toronto Marlies, AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs, on Sunday in the third game of the two teams’ best-of-seven North Division Final series with full coverage, live from Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, underway at 3:00 pm on Alt 99.1, AHLTV and the Monsters Hockey Network. After a 4-3 home overtime win over the Monsters in Friday's Game 2, the Marlies lead the series two games to none.

MONSTERS PRE-SCOUT: Following a 3-4 road overtime loss to the Toronto Marlies in Friday’s second game of the best-of-seven North Division Final, the Cleveland Monsters trail the Marlies 0-2 in the series. Cleveland is led in playoff scoring by LW Sonny Milano (2-8-10), C Mark Letestu (3-2-5) and C Dan DeSalvo (2-3-5).

MARLIES PRE-SCOUT: Following a 4-3 home overtime win over the Cleveland Monsters in Friday’s second game of the best-of-seven North Division Final, the Toronto Marlies lead the Monsters 2-0 in the series. Toronto is led in playoff scoring by RW Jeremy Bracco (2-8-10), C Chris Mueller (5-3-8) and D Rasmus Sandin (0-7-7).

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES: While this North Division Final is the first postseason series between the Monsters and Marlies in the teams’ franchise histories, Cleveland went 5-1-2-0 vs. Toronto overall in the regular season with a +6 goal differential (36/30). On the road vs. the Marlies in the regular season, the Monsters went 3-1-0-0 with a +6 goal differential (14/8). In the playoffs, the Monsters are 0-2 both overall and on the road vs. Toronto with a -4 goal differential (5/9) to their credit.

 

MONSTERS GOALTENDERS PLAYOFF STATISTICS

32 Hayden Stewart
OVERALL:     

N/A

LAST APPEARANCE:     

N/A

OVERALL:     

N/A

AT HOME:     

N/A

 

39 Brad Thiessen
OVERALL:     

6 GP, (3-3), 1 SO, 2.36 GAA, .909 S%

LAST APPEARANCE:     

(22/26) in 3-4 OTL at TOR 5/3/19

HEAD TO HEAD:     

2 GP, (0-2), 0 SO, 4.03 GAA, .843 S%

AT HOME:     

2 GP, (1-1), 1 SO, 1.02 GAA, .969 S%

 

35 Matiss Kivlenieks
OVERALL:     

N/A

LAST APPEARANCE:     

N/A

HEAD TO HEAD:     

N/A

AT HOME:     

N/A

 

MARLIES GOALTENDERS PLAYOFF STATS

30 Kasimir Kaskisuo
OVERALL:     

5 GP, (5-0), 0 SO, 1.78 GAA, .942 S%

LAST APPEARANCE:     

(35/38) in 4-3 OTW vs CLE 5/3/19

HEAD TO HEAD:     

2 GP, (2-0), 0 SO, 2.48 GAA, .907 S%

ON THE ROAD:     

2 GP, (2-0), 0 SO, 1.48 GAA, .958 S%

 

31 Michael Hutchinson
OVERALL:     

N/A

LAST APPEARANCE:     

N/A

HEAD TO HEAD:     

N/A

ON THE ROAD:      

N/A

 

 

KEYS TO SUCCESS:

  • ON THE PLUS SIDE: Cleveland forwards Mark Letestu and Sonny Milano are currently tied for the league’s playoff lead in plus/minus rating (+10) while Monsters defensemen Ryan Collins and Tommy Cross currently rank tied for second among defensemen league-wide in plus/minus in the postseason (+6).
  • MANAGE MUELLER: Cleveland will have to neutralize Toronto’s Chris Mueller in Game 3 as Mueller has struck for power-play goals in both games of the North Division Finals thus far and currently leads the AHL with four power-play goals in the playoffs and a 50.0% shooting percentage in the postseason.
  • TERREFIC TRIO: Playing on either side of Mark Letestu, Monsters forwards Sonny Milano and Dan DeSalvo each racked up three-point showings in Game 2 (1G, 2A each), while Letestu anchored the line with a +3 rating and a team-best four shots on goal.