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Monsters Take on Crunch in Game 1 of Calder Cup Playoffs

In the first-ever meeting between the two teams in the Calder Cup Playoffs, the Cleveland Monsters, affiliate of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, drop the puck vs. the Syracuse Crunch, AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning, on Friday in the first game of the two teams’ best-of-five North Division Semi-Final series with full coverage, live from War Memorial Arena in Syracuse, NY, underway at 7:00 pm on Alt 99.1, AHLTV and the Monsters Hockey Network.

MONSTERS PRE-SCOUT: After capping the season with a 5-1 road win over the Toronto Marlies on Sunday, April 14th, the Cleveland Monsters qualified for the Calder Cup Playoffs as the fourth-seed in the North Division. Cleveland was led in scoring in the regular season by C Zac Dalpe (33-22-55), C Mark Letestu (21-29-50) and D Adam Clendening (4-33-37).

CRUNCH PRE-SCOUT: Following a 3-4 road shootout loss to the Utica Comets on Sunday, April 14th in the final game of their regular-season, the Syracuse Crunch qualified for the Calder Cup Playoffs as the champions of the North Division. Syracuse was led in scoring in the regular season by C Carter Verhaeghe (34-48-82), C Alex Barre-Boulet (34-34-68) and RW Cory Conacher (22-42-64).

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES: While this North Division Semi-Final is the first postseason clash between the Monsters and Crunch in the teams’ franchise histories, Cleveland went 2-2-0-0 vs. Syracuse in the regular season with a -3 goal differential (14/17) and the Monsters were 1-1-0-0 vs. the Crunch at War Memorial Arena with a -2 goal differential (7/9).

 

MONSTERS GOALTENDERS

39 Brad Thiessen
OVERALL:     

26 GP, (12-8-4), 2 SO, 2.36 GAA, .913 S%

LAST APPEARANCE:     

(17/18) in 5-1 W at TOR 4/14/19

HEAD-TO-HEAD:

1 GP, (1-0-0), 0 SO, 2.81 GAA, .925 S%

ON THE ROAD:     

12 GP, (4-5-2), 1 SO, 2.68 GAA, .894 S%

 

35 Matiss Kivlenieks
OVERALL:     

14 GP, (4-4-1), 1 SO, 3.71 GAA, .873 S%

LAST APPEARANCE:     

(4/7) in first 25:01 of 3-4 OTL vs BNG 2/10/19

HEAD-TO-HEAD:

1 GP, (0-0-0), 0 SO, 13.40 GAA, .571 S%

ON THE ROAD:     

5 GP, (2-2-0), 1 SO, 2.83 GAA, .906 S%

 

MARLIES GOALTENDERS

41 Atte Tolvanen
OVERALL:     

6 GP, (3-2-1), 1 SO, 2.32 GAA, .928 S%

LAST APPEARANCE:     

(39/42) in 3-4 SOL at UTI 4/14/19

HEAD-TO-HEAD:     

N/A

AT HOME:     

2 GP, (1-1-0), 0 SO, 3.50 GAA, .883 S%

 
51 Martin Oullette
OVERALL:     

6 GP, (3-0-1), 0 SO, 1.61 GAA, .939 S%

LAST APPEARANCE:     

(2/2) in first 1:47 of 2-4 L at CHA 3/20/19

HEAD-TO-HEAD:     

N/A

AT HOME:      

2 GP, (2-0-0), 0 SO, 1.01 GAA, .947 S%

 

80 Eddie Pasquale
OVERALL:     

45 GP, (27-12-6), 4 SO, 2.35 GAA, .916 S%

LAST APPEARANCE:     

(23/26) in 4-3 W vs ROC 4/13/19

HEAD-TO-HEAD:     

3 GP, (1-0-2), 0 SO, 3.17 GAA, .904 S%

AT HOME:     

23 GP, (17-3-3), 2 SO, 2.03 GAA, .927 S%

 

KEYS TO SUCCESS:

  • TWO-HEADED THREAT: Cleveland will need to neutralize Syracuse forwards Carter Verhaeghe and Alex Barre-Boulet on Friday as both players finished tied for the regular-season league-lead in goal scoring this season (34 goals) to claim the Willie Marshall Award as the AHL’s top goal scorers.
  • MONSTER SEASON: Monsters C Zac Dalpe was Cleveland’s regular-season leader in goals (33), points (55) and power-play goals (10) and set a new Monsters single-season record in goals in 2018-19. Dalpe finished the regular season on a three-game road goal scoring streak and a ten-game road point streak and posted 0-2-2 in two appearances vs. Syracuse this season.
  • THE FOUDY FACTOR: On Friday, the Monsters will be buoyed by the arrival of the Blue Jackets’ 2018 first-round pick (18th overall), Liam Foudy. In 62 appearances for the OHL’s London Knights this season, Foudy posted 36-32-68 with 32 penalty minutes and a +39 rating.