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Monsters Take on Hershey for First Time Since 2016 Calder Cup Finals

In the first of four meetings between the two teams this season, the Cleveland Monsters, affiliate of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, drop the puck vs. the Hershey Bears, AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Washington Capitals, on Friday with full coverage, live from Giant Center in Hershey, PA, underway at 7:00 pm on SportsTime Ohio, Alt 99.1, AHLTV and the Monsters Hockey Network.

MONSTERS PRE-SCOUT: Following a 4-2 home win over the Laval Rocket on Saturday, the Cleveland Monsters enter tonight’s game at 8-6-1-0 on the season. With 17 points, the Monsters currently rank second in the AHL’s North Division standings and sixth in the Eastern Conference. Cleveland is led in scoring by C Zac Dalpe (12-7-19), LW Eric Robinson (7-6-13) and LW Paul Bittner (2-9-11).

BEARS PRE-SCOUT: In the wake of a 2-7 road loss to the Syracuse Crunch on Sunday, the Hershey Bears enter tonight’s game at 7-8-0-1 on the season. With 15 points, the Bears currently rank sixth in the AHL’s Atlantic Division standings and tenth in the Eastern Conference. Hershey is led in scoring by RW Riley Barber (5-6-11), C Mike Sgarbossa (6-4-10) and D Connor Hobbs (1-8-9).

SEASON SERIES: Friday marks the first of four meetings between the Monsters and Bears overall this season and the first of two clashes between the two teams at Hershey’s Giant Center this year.

 

MONSTERS GOALTENDERS

39 Brad Thiessen
OVERALL:      2 GP, (2-0-0), 0 SO, 1.99 GAA, .935 S%
LAST APPEARANCE:      (14/15) in 30:25 of relief in 7-6 SOW vs TOR 11/2/18
HEAD-TO-HEAD: N/A
ON THE ROAD:      N/A

 

80 Matiss Kivlenieks
OVERALL:      4 GP, (2-1-0), 1 SO, 3.08 GAA, .887 S%
LAST APPEARANCE:      (19/24) in 1-5 L vs LAV 11/9/18
HEAD-TO-HEAD: N/A
ON THE ROAD:      2 GP, (2-0-0), 1 SO, .982 S%

 

BEARS GOALTENDERS

1 Ilya Samsonov
OVERALL:      8 GP, (3-5-0), 0 SO, 3.73 GAA, .875 S%
LAST APPEARANCE:      (23/30) in 2-7 L at SYR 11/11/18
HEAD-TO-HEAD:      N/A
AT HOME:      4 GP, (2-2-0), 0 SO, .900 S%

 

30 30 Vitek Vanacek
OVERALL:      7 GP, (3-3-1), 1 SO, 2.41 GAA, .918 S%
LAST APPEARANCE:      (34/35) in 3-1 W vs LV 10/28/18
HEAD-TO-HEAD:      N/A
AT HOME:      2 GP, (1-1-0), 0 SO, .947 S%

 

35 Parker Milner
OVERALL:      1 GP, (1-0-0), 0 SO, 0.93 GAA, .970 S%
LAST APPEARANCE:      (32/33) in 2-1 SOW vs HFD 11/4/18
HEAD-TO-HEAD:      N/A
AT HOME:      1 GP, (1-0-0), 0 SO, 0.93 GAA, .970 S%

KEYS TO SUCCESS:

  • MILANO’S MASTERY: Cleveland LW Sonny Milano is currently in the midst of a three-game points streak with 2-1-3 to his credit over that span.
  • HITTING THE MARK: Monsters C Mark Letestu is scoring at a point-per-game pace in his last seven games played with 3-4-7 to his credit over that span.
  • ROBBIE’S ROLLIN’: Cleveland LW Eric Robinson currently ranks in the AHL’s top-two among rookie skaters in both points (13, T2nd) and goals (7, T1st) so far this season.