Blue Jackets Reassign G Matiss Kivlenieks to Cleveland
Latvian net-minder posted 4-4-0 record with one shutout, 3.71 goals-against average and .873 save percentage in 14 AHL appearances for Cleveland this season
The AHL’s Cleveland Monsters announced Saturday that the team’s NHL affiliate, the Columbus Blue Jackets, reassigned goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks to Cleveland from the ECHL’s Kalamazoo Wings. A 6’2”, 184 lb., left-catching native of Riga, Latvia, Kivlenieks, 22, posted a record of 4-4-0 with one shutout, a 3.71 goals-against average (GAA) and a .873 save percentage (S%) in 14 appearances for the Monsters this season and went 5-3-0 with a 2.71 GAA and a .923 S% in eight appearances for Kalamazoo this year.
In two AHL campaigns with the Monsters spanning the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons, Kivlenieks supplied a record of 18-25-5 with two shutouts, a 3.33 GAA and a .887 S%. In one USHL season with the Sioux City Musketeers in 2016-17, Kivlenieks claimed USHL Goaltender and Player of the Year honors and was named to the USHL’s First All-Star Team while leading the league in both goals-against average and save percentage, notching a record of 36-7-2 with five shutouts, a 1.85 GAA and a .932 S%.
Next up for the Monsters, it’s a Saturday home clash vs. the Hershey Bears with full coverage, live from The Q, underway at 7:00 pm on SportsTime Ohio, Alt 99.1, AHLTV and the Monsters Hockey Network.