I-71 Report: ‘Tis this Season for Transactions
The Columbus Blue Jackets, the Cleveland Monsters’ NHL Affiliate, have cemented their place atop the Metropolitan Division with a 7-1-0 record in their last eight games.
The Cleveland Monsters have seen frequent interaction with the Columbus Blue Jackets this season, with multiple player assignments throughout the past few weeks. Tyler Motte, Jordan Schroeder, Markus Hannikainen, Sonny Milano and Joonas Korpisalo rank among the many players involved in transactions between the two teams.
Joonas Korpisalo made the trip north to Cleveland on loan from the Blue Jackets twice in November to start in goal for the Monsters. In the first appearance, Korpisalo made 32 saves after facing 33 shots in Cleveland’s 3-1 win against Milwaukee on Nov. 18. Upon returning to Columbus, Korpisalo recorded 29 saves in his first game with the Blue Jackets after a three-week break. In this match Columbus defeated the Carolina Hurricane with a 3-2 shootout win on Nov. 28, 2017, giving the Blue Jackets their fourth straight home win.
"I'm thrilled for [Korpisalo]," said Columbus coach John Tortorella. "I'm so happy for him to get a win as, I guess, your second goalie."
Tyler Motte netted a hat trick while in Cleveland on loan from the Blue Jackets on Oct. 28, 2017, against the Ontario Reign. He recorded five goals and two assists in his last seven games with the Monsters before his NHL call-up in Columbus. On Nov. 24, 2017, Motte contributed to Columbus’ 5-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators with an empty-netter goal late in the third period.
The Cleveland Monsters continue their road trip on Dec. 2, 2017, facing Manitoba at 8:00 p.m. The team returns to Cleveland to host Hockey History Night at Quicken Loans arena at 7:00 p.m. on Dec. 8, 2017. At this match, the first 10,000 fans get a Monsters snow scraper presented by Cargill and the chance to Chuck-A-Bear on the ice after the Monsters’ first goal. Check out the full Monsters promotional schedule for tickets.
2017-12-3 Sonny Milano (LW) Cleveland ADD Loaned from Columbus (NHL)
2017-11-30 Gabriel Carlsson (D) Cleveland DEL Recalled from loan by Columbus (NHL)
2017-11-30 Markus Hannikainen (LW) Cleveland DEL Recalled from loan by Columbus (NHL)
2017-11-28 Terry Broadhurst (LW) Cleveland DEL Released from PTO
2017-11-28 Jordan Schroeder (LW) Cleveland ADD Returned on loan from Columbus (NHL)
2017-11-26 Bobby MacIntyre (LW) Cleveland ADD Recalled from loan to Jacksonville (ECHL)
2017-11-25 Matiss Kivlenieks (G) Cleveland ADD Returned on loan from Columbus (NHL)
2017-11-25 Joonas Korpisalo (G) Cleveland DEL Recalled from loan by Columbus (NHL)
2017-11-17 Zac Dalpe (C) Cleveland ADD Loaned from Columbus (NHL)