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Monsters Wrap-up Weekend Series with Barracuda

In the second 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 San Jose Barracuda, AHL affiliate of the NHL’s San Jose Sharks, on Sunday with full coverage, live from The Q, underway at 5:00 pm on 99X and the Monsters Hockey Network.

MONSTERS PRE-SCOUT: Following a 4-1 home win over the San Jose Barracuda on Saturday, the Cleveland Monsters enter tonight’sgame at 2-2-0-0 on the season. With a .500 points percentage, the Monsters currently rank tied for third in the AHL’s Central Division standings and tied for eighth in the Western Conference standings. Cleveland is led in scoring by LW Tyler Motte (1-2-3), C Joe Pendenza (2-0-2), and C Carter Camper (2-0-2).

BARRACUDA PRE-SCOUT: In the wake of a 1-4 road loss to the Monsters on Saturday, the Barracuda enter tonight’s game at 2-3-0-0 overall this season. With a .400 points percentage, the Barracuda currently rank tied for sixth in the AHL’s Pacific Division standings and tied for 11th in the Western Conference. San Jose is led in scoring by C Daniel O’Regan (4-2-6), LW Adam Helewka (1-5-6), and LW Marcus Sorensen (1-5-6).

SEASON SERIES: Sunday marks the second of four head-to-head meetings between the Monsters and Barracuda this season and the second of two meetings between the two teams at The Q in the 2017-18 season. The Monsters are 1-0-0-0 vs San Jose at home and overall with a +3 goal differential (4/1).

KEYS TO SUCCESS:

  • BARRACUDA BOMBERS: Cleveland earned a win on Saturday in large part thanks to their ability to shut down San Jose’s top line, keyed by reigning AHL Rookie of the Year Daniel O’Regan and LW Adam Helewka, the Barracuda’s two top scorers. The Monsters will look to accomplish a similar feat on Sunday to complete a two-game sweep.
  • PK PROWESS: Following a stout, 3/3 showing on the penalty kill on Saturday, the Monsters will again look to contain a potent Barracuda power-play on Sunday. So far this season, Cleveland ranks in the AHL’s top-ten in overall penalty kill percentage (85.7%, T9th) and home penalty kill percentage (90.0%, T6th).
  • LIMIT SHOTS: So far this season, San Jose ranks dead last in the AHL in shots on goal per game (23.0, 30th) while the Monsters rank in the league’s top three in shots allowed per game (26.3, 3rd).

MONSTERS GOALTENDERS

Brad Thiessen
 OVERALL:      3 GP, (2-1-0), 0 SO, 2.37 GAA, .899 SV%
LAST APPEARANCE:      (18/19) in 4-1 W vs SJ (10/21/17)
HEAD-TO-HEAD:      1 GP, (1-0-0), 0 SO, 1.00 GAA, .947 SV%
AT HOME:      2 GP, (1-1-0), 0 SO, .900 SV%

 

Matiss Kivlenieks 
OVERALL:      1 GP, (0-1-0), 0 SO, 3.13 GAA, .912 SV%
LAST APPEARANCE:     
(31/34) in 1-4 L at MB (10/15/17)
HEAD-TO-HEAD:      N/A
AT HOME:      N/A

BARRACUDA GOALTENDERS

Troy Grosenick
OVERALL:      4 GP, (2-2-0), 0 SO, 3.83 GAA, .860 SV%
LAST APPEARANCE:      (18/21) in 1-4 L at CLE (10/21/17)
HEAD-TO-HEAD:      1 GP, (0-1-0), 0 SO, 3.02 GAA, .857 SV%
ON THE ROAD:      2 GP, (1-1-0), 0 SO, .854 SV%

 

Antoine Bibeau   
OVERALL:     
 2 GP, (0-1-0), 0 SO, 3.79 GAA, .884 SV%
LAST APPEARANCE:      (35/38) in 2-3 L vs SA (10/14/17)
HEAD-TO-HEAD:      N/A
ON THE ROAD:      N/A