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Monsters Take on Phantoms on the Road

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 LeHigh Valley Phantoms, AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers, on Wednesday with full coverage, live from PPL Center in Allentown, PA, underway at 7:05 pm on Alt 99.1, AHLTV and the Monsters Hockey Network.

MONSTERS PRE-SCOUT: Following a 5-3 home loss to the Syracuse Crunch on Saturday, the Cleveland Monsters enter tonight’s game at 11-8-3-0 on the season. With 25 points, the Monsters currently rank third in the AHL’s North Division standings and seventh in the Eastern Conference. Cleveland is led in scoring by C Zac Dalpe (13-12-25), LW Eric Robinson (9-8-17) and LW Nathan Gerbe (3-14-17).

PHANTOMS PRE-SCOUT: In the wake of a 5-2 road win over the Toronto Marlies on Sunday, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms enter tonight’s game at 13-6-1-1 on the season. With 28 points, the Phantoms currently rank third in the AHL’s Atlantic Division standings and third in the Eastern Conference. Lehigh Valley is led in scoring by C Phil Varone (11-17-28), LW Greg Carey (12-14-26) and D T.J. Brennan (6-15-21).

SEASON SERIES: Wednesday marks the first of four meetings between the Monsters and Phantoms this season and the first of two battles between the two teams at PPL Center this year.

 

 

MONSTERS GOALTENDERS

30 35 J-F Berube
OVERALL:     

15 GP, (7-6-2), 0 SO, 3.17 GAA, .897 S%

LAST APPEARANCE:     

 (19/20) in 44:14 of relief in 3-5 L vs SYR 12/1/18

HEAD-TO-HEAD:     

N/A

ON THE ROAD:     

7 GP, (4-2-1), 0 SO, .892 S%

 

39 Brad Thiessen
OVERALL:      3 GP, (2-1-0), 0 SO, 3.73 GAA, .873 S%
LAST APPEARANCE:     

(5/9) in first 22:23 of 1-6 L at HER 11/16/18

HEAD-TO-HEAD: N/A
ON THE ROAD:     

1 GP, (0-1-0), 0 SO, 10.72 GAA, .556 S%

 

80 Matiss Kivlenieks
OVERALL:      7 GP, (2-1-1), 1 SO, 3.84 GAA, .861 S%
LAST APPEARANCE:      (4/7) in first 13:26 of 3-5 L vs SYR 12/1/18
HEAD-TO-HEAD:

N/A

ON THE ROAD:      3 GP, (2-0-0), 1 SO, .957 S%

 

PHANTOMS GOALTENDERS

31 Carter Hart
OVERALL (ORL-ECHL):      14 GP, (7-4-2), 0 SO, 3.36 GAA, .893 S%
LAST APPEARANCE:     

(33/35) in 5-2 W at TOR 12/2/18

HEAD-TO-HEAD:      N/A
AT HOME:     

7 GP, (4-3-0), 0 SO, .884 S%

 

34 Alex Lyon
OVERALL:      5 GP, (3-2-0), 0 SO, 3.23 GAA, .912 S%
LAST APPEARANCE:      (23/25) in 4-2 W at BEL 12/1/18
HEAD-TO-HEAD:     

N/A

AT HOME:     

2 GP, (1-1-0), 0 SO, .896 S%

 

 

KEYS TO SUCCESS:

  • MILESTONE MAN: Cleveland C Alex Broadhurst’s next appearance for the Monsters will be his 200th in a Monsters uniform, moving the Chicago-area native into fifth-place alone on Cleveland’s all-time franchise appearance list.
  • HOT HANDS: Both Cleveland LW Nathan Gerbe and Monsters RW Kole Sherwood are scoring at a point-per-game pace or better as of late. Gerbe has six points (1G, 5A) to his credit in his past six appearances, while Sherwood has three points (1G, 2A) to his credit in his past two games played.
  • FABULOUS PHIL: Lehigh Valley’s top scorer, C Phil Varone, will need to be neutralized on Wednesday as the forward currently leads the AHL in points (28) and power-play points (14, T1st) and ranks in the league’s top-five in assists (17, T4th) and power-play assists (9, T2nd).