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Monsters Take on Tucson in a Two Game Home Series

In the third of four meetings between the two teams this season, the Cleveland Monsters, proud affiliate of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, drop the puck vs. the Tucson Roadrunners, AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Arizona Coyotes, on Friday with full coverage, live from The Q, underway at 7:00 pm on SportsTime Ohio, Alt 99.1, and the Monsters Hockey Network.

MONSTERS PRE-SCOUT: Following a 5-3 home win over the Stockton Heat on Friday, the Cleveland Monsters enter tonight’s game at 18-28-4-3 on the season. With a .406 points percentage, the Monsters currently rank seventh in the AHL’s Central Division standings and 15th in the Western Conference standings. Cleveland is led in scoring by C Alex Broadhurst (15-16-31), LW Terry Broadhurst (12-14-26), and C Zac Dalpe (9-14-23).

ROADRUNNERS PRE-SCOUT: In the wake of a 2-3 road loss to the Grand Rapids Griffins on Wednesday, the Tucson Roadrunners enter tonight’s game at 29-17-3-1 overall this season. With a .620 points percentage, the Roadrunners currently rank first in the AHL’s Pacific Division standings and second in the Western Conference. Tucson is led in scoring by C Dylan Strome (21-27-48), C Carter Camper (13-29-42), and RW Nick Merkley (18-18-36).

SEASON SERIES: Friday marks the third of four meetings between the Monsters and Roadrunners this season and the first of two matchups between these two teams at The Q this year. Head-to-head vs. Tucson, Cleveland is 1-0-1-0 both overall and on the road with an even head-to-head goal differential (4/4).

 

MONSTERS GOALTENDERS

Matiss Kivlenieks
 OVERALL:      31 GP, (10-16-2), 0 SO, 3.10 GAA, .891 SV%
LAST APPEARANCE:      (9/13) in first 40:00 of 3-6 L vs STK (2/21/18)
HEAD-TO-HEAD:      1 GP, (0-1-0), 0 SO, 6.00 GAA, .692 SV%
AT HOME:     15 GP, (6-7-1), 0 SO, .893 SV%

 

Jeff Zatkoff
OVERALL:      5 GP, (1-2-1), 1 SO, 3.43 GAA, .869 SV%
LAST APPEARANCE:      (3/4) in first 10:24 of 3-2 OTW vs MB (2/11/18)
HEAD-TO-HEAD:      N/A
AT HOME: 4 GP, (0-2-1), 0 SO, .825 SV%

ROADRUNNERS GOALTENDERS

Adin Hill
OVERALL:      25 GP, (13-10-2), 2 SO, 2.45 GAA, .909 SV%
LAST APPEARANCE:      (10/11) in 0-1 OTL vs SA (2/24/28)
HEAD-TO-HEAD:      1 GP, (0-0-1), 0 SO, 1.88 GAA, .931 SV%
ON THE ROAD:      11 GP, (8-3-0), 1 SO, .929 SV%

 

Hunter Miska
 OVERALL:      26 GP, (15-7-0), 0 SO, 2.78 GAA, .899 SV%
LAST APPEARANCE:      (19/22) in 2-3 L at GR (2/28/18)
HEAD-TO-HEAD:      1 GP, (1-0-0), 0 SO, 1.95 GAA, .913 SV%
ON THE ROAD:     13 GP, (8-3-0), 0 SO, .911 SV%

 

KEYS TO SUCCESS:

FAMILIAR FACES: Thanks to some deadline dealing, the Monsters will be facing some familiar names on Friday as Tucson’s roster currently boasts former Monsters C Carter Camper and C Jordan Maletta, both traded to the Arizona Coyotes/Tucson organizations on Monday in exchange for new Monsters C, and former Roadrunner, Ryan Kujawinski.

GERBE THE GREAT: Cleveland C Nathan Gerbe is currently in the midst of a five-game assist streak (7A), tied for the AHL’s longest such active streak and Gerbe, back after a recent NHL call-up, is also riding a five-game point streak (8 PTS), tied for the league’s second-longest such active streak.

DYNAMIC DYLAN: Tucson is led in scoring this season by former first-round draft pick C Dylan Strome. Strome currently ranks in the AHL’s top-five in points (48, T5th) and power-play points (22, T4th), and ranks in the league’s top-five among rookies in points (48, 2nd), power-play points (22, 1st), goals (21, T2nd), assists (27, T3rd), and power-play assists (14, T2nd).