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In the fourth of eight meetings between the two teams this season, the Cleveland Monsters, affiliate of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, drop the puck vs. the Rochester Americans, AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres, on Wednesday with full coverage, live from The Q, underway at 7:00 pm on SportsTime Ohio, Alt 99.1, AHLTV and the Monsters Hockey Network.

MONSTERS PRE-SCOUT: Following a 3-2 home win over the Belleville Senators on Saturday, the Cleveland Monsters enter tonight’s game at 16-10-4-0 on the season. With 36 points, the Monsters currently rank third in the AHL’s North Division standings and sixth in the Eastern Conference. Cleveland is led in scoring by C Zac Dalpe (14-13-27), LW Nathan Gerbe (7-16-23) and LW Eric Robinson (10-9-19).

AMERICANS PRE-SCOUT: In the wake of a 1-5 home loss to the Hartford Wolf Pack on Saturday, the Rochester Americans enter tonight’s game at 18-10-2-0 on the season. With 38 points, the Americans currently rank first in the AHL’s North Division standings and third in the Eastern Conference. Rochester is led in scoring by D Zach Redmond (14-11-25), LW C.J. Smith (11-14-25) and LW Victor Olofsson (10-14-24).

SEASON SERIES: Friday marks the fourth of eight meetings between the Monsters and the Americans this season and the second of four meetings between the two teams at The Q this year. Cleveland is 0-2-1-0 overall vs. Rochester this year with a -6 goal differential (4/10) and the Monsters are 0-0-1-0 vs. the Amerks at home with a -1 goal differential (1/2).

 

MONSTERS GOALTENDERS

35 J-F Berube
OVERALL:     

22 GP, (11-8-3), 0 SO, 2.79 GAA, .906 S%

LAST APPEARANCE:     

 (17/20) in 6-3 W vs BEL 12/21/18

HEAD-TO-HEAD:     

3 GP, (0-2-1), 0 SO, 3.93 GAA, .882 S%

AT HOME:     

10 GP, (4-4-2), 0 SO, .895 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
AT HOME:     

2 GP, (2-0-0), 0 SO, .935 S%

 

80 Matiss Kivlenieks
OVERALL:      9 GP, (3-1-1), 1 SO, 3.22 GAA, .890 S%
LAST APPEARANCE:      (27/29) in 3-2 W vs BEL 12/22/18
HEAD-TO-HEAD:

1 GP, (0-0-0), 0 SO, 1.01 GAA, .974 S%

AT HOME:      6 GP, (1-1-1), 0 SO, .858 S%

 

AMERICANS GOALTENDERS

29 Scott Wedgewood
OVERALL:     

18 GP, (9-6-1), 2 SO, 3.07 GAA, .907 S%

LAST APPEARANCE:     

(16/18) in 20:00 of relief in 1-5 L vs HFD 12/22/18

HEAD-TO-HEAD:     

2 GP, (2-0-0), 0 SO, 1.50 GAA, .957 S%

ON THE ROAD:     

6 GP, (3-1-1), 0 SO, .898 S%

 

32 Adam Wilcox
OVERALL:     

13 GP, (7-3-1), 0 SO, 2.93 GAA, .899 S%

LAST APPEARANCE:     

(16/19) in first 40:00 of 1-5 L vs HFD 12/22/18

HEAD-TO-HEAD:     

1 GP, (1-0-0), 0 SO, 0.94 GAA, .968 S%

ON THE ROAD:     

 7 GP, (5-1-1), 0 SO, .897 S%

 

KEYS TO SUCCESS:

  • BERUBE’S A BEAUTY: Cleveland net-minder Jean-Francois Berube currently ranks in the AHL’s top-three in wins (11, T3rd), minutes played (1247:27, 1st) and total saves (558, 2nd).
  • PILING UP POINTS: Cleveland is currently in the midst of a three-game winning streak for the first time since the first three games of the season. The Monsters’ active four-game points streak currently ranks as the AHL’s fifth-longest such active streak.
  • CLIMBING THE RANKS: Monsters C Alex Broadhurst has posted seven points (3-4-7) in his past three appearances and following a one-assist performance in Cleveland’s 3-2 home win over Belleville on Saturday, Broadhurst’s 75 assists in a Monsters uniform currently rank third-most in the team’s franchise history.