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Monsters Take on Marlies in Must-Win Game 4 at Home

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 Tuesday in the fourth game of the two teams’ best-of-seven North Division Final series with full coverage, live from Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, underway at 7:00 pm on Alt 99.1, AHLTV and the Monsters Hockey Network. After a 2-0 road win over the Monsters in Sunday's Game 3, the Marlies lead the seres three games to none.

MONSTERS PRE-SCOUT: Following a 0-2 home loss to the Toronto Marlies in Sunday’s third game of the best-of-seven North Division Final, the Cleveland Monsters trail the Marlies 0-3 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 2-0 road win over the Cleveland Monsters in Sunday’s third game of the best-of-seven North Division Final, the Toronto Marlies lead the Monsters 3-0 in the series. Toronto is led in playoff scoring by RW Jeremy Bracco (2-8-10), C Chris Mueller (5-3-8) and LW Dmytro Timashov (2-5-7).

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). At home vs. the Marlies in the regular season, the Monsters went 2-0-2-0 with an even goal differential (22/22). In the playoffs, the Monsters are 0-3 overall with a -6 goal differential (5/11) and at home vs. the Marlies in the postseason, the Monsters are 0-1 with a -2 goal differential (0/2).

 

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:     

7 GP, (3-4), 1 SO, 2.17 GAA, .916 S%

LAST APPEARANCE:     

(24/26) in 0-2 L vs TOR 5/5/19

HEAD TO HEAD:     

3 GP, (0-3), 0 SO, 3.05 GAA, .882 S%

AT HOME:     

3 GP, (1-2), 1 SO, 1.02 GAA, .967 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:     

6 GP, (6-0), 1 SO, 1.49 GAA, .953 S%

LAST APPEARANCE:     

(35/35) in 2-0 W at CLE 5/5/19

HEAD TO HEAD:     

3 GP, (3-0), 1 SO, 1.66 GAA, .944 S%

ON THE ROAD:     

3 GP, (3-0), 1 SO, 0.99 GAA, .972 S%

 

31 Michael Hutchinson
OVERALL:     

N/A

LAST APPEARANCE:     

N/A

HEAD TO HEAD:     

N/A

ON THE ROAD:      

N/A

 

 

KEYS TO SUCCESS:

  • PLAY WITH DESPERATION: Cleveland’s season will only continue with a win in Tuesday’s Game 4, so the Monsters must be the most desperate team on the ice from start to finish vs. a Toronto team looking to advance with a victory to the Eastern Conference Final.
  • CRACK KASKISUO: Cleveland will need to solve the AHL’s top playoff goaltender this season, Toronto’s Kasimir Kaskisuo, on Tuesday. Following a 35-save shutout victory in Game 3, Kaskisuo leads the AHL in wins with six in six appearances so far this season.
  • MILANO MAGIC: On Tuesday, the Monsters will hope for a big performance from their leading scorer in the playoffs, Sonny Milano. Through seven postseason appearances, Milano ranks tied for the AHL-lead in points (10, T1st), assists (8, T1st) and plus/minus (+9, T1st).