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A recap of Monsters and the greater Cleveland area hockey for the week of 1/16/2017 - 1/22/2017.

John Saraya/Cleveland Monsters

The Cleveland Monsters dropped two of their three games last week. All three games ended with a shutout.

On January 18th and 20th, the Monsters hosted the Rockford IceHogs. They dropped the first game, 1-0, giving Jeff Glass a shutout in his first game as an IceHog. Brad Thiessen would help spearhead the Monsters to redemption when the two teams met again two days later. Siebenaler and Broadhurst came up big with goals in the 2-0 shutout of the IceHogs.

After shutting out the IceHogs, the Monsters hopped on the bus and headed to Grand Rapids to take on the Griffins the next day. Things did not go as hoped. The Griffins would score five unanswered goals giving Cal Heeter the shutout over the Monsters.

In the midst of this jam-packed week, Anton Forsberg was added to the 2017 AHL All-Star Classic. Forsberg is currently ranked 5th in the AHL with 2.22 gaa and has a record of 12-8-2.

Transactions

Steve Summerhays was released from his PTO contract after Anton Forsberg was reassigned to the Monsters on January 16th.

Shawn Szydlowski was released from his PTO contract so he could attend the ECHL All-Star Classic. The Monsters re-signed him upon his return.

Szydlowski captained the event and scored a goal.

Markus Hannikainen was called up to the big show for the seventh time. He would score a goal in the Jackets win over the Hurricanes.

Ranking

Even though the Monsters dropped two of their three games, they still sit in the 4th spot in the division.

Unfortunately, if the Iowa Wild win all three of their games in the upcoming week they could possibly leapfrog the Monsters in the standings.

Team Leaders

Point Scorers

1st - TJ Tynan; 24
2nd - Alex Broadhurst; 21
3rd - Sonny Milano, Daniel Zaar; 20

Goal Scorers

1st - Oliver Bjorkstrand; 11
2nd - Markus Hannikainen, Sonny Milano; 9
3rd - Alex Broadhurst, Daniel Zaar; 8

Assists

1st - TJ Tynan; 20
2nd - Alex Broadhurst; 13
3rd - Daniel Zaar; 12

Penalty Minutes

1st - Brett Gallant; 70
2nd - Oleg Yevenko; 45
3rd - Jordan Maletta; 39

Weekly Stats

Shots For 80
Shots Against 97
Goals For 2
Goals Against 6
Penalties/Minutes 15/45 minutes
Penalty Kill 13/15
Power Play 0/5

Thiessen Forsberg
1 Games Played 2
1-0 Record 0-2
32 Shots Faced 65
32 Saves 59
60 minutes Time On Ice 117:36 minutes

Around the AHL

Suspensions

Scott Sabourin (forward) of the San Diego Gulls was suspended for one game due to an instigator penalty in the final five minutes of Friday’s game.

Rule 46.22 states:

A player who is deemed to be the instigator of an altercation in the final 5 minutes of regulation, or at any time in overtime, shall automatically be suspended for one game.

Additions to the 2017 AHL All-Star Classic

Vojtech Mozik (Albany Devils), Alexandre Grenier (Utica Comets), Christian Fischer (Tucson Roadrunners), and Anton Forsberg (Cleveland Monsters) have been added to the 2017 AHL All-Star Classic.

Kasperi Kapanen (Toronto Marlies), Juuse Saros (Milwaukee Admirals), Brendan Perlini (Tucson Roadrunners), and Mark Barberio (St. John’s IceCaps) will no longer be attending the 2017 AHL All-Star Classic.

Milestones

Ontario Reign forward, T.J. Hensick, became the 90th player to record 500 career AHL points.

Hensick’s 500th point came in the form of an assist during the Reign’s 7-2 win over the San Jose Barracudas on January 21st.

Hensick is a former Monster.

Akron/Cleveland Connection

St. Ignatius was chosen to attend the 2017 Michigan Interscholastic Hockey League Prep Hockey showcase. They are one of two teams from Ohio who will be in attendance. The tournament takes place February 2- 4, 2017.

Speaking of St. Ignatius, Brandon Koehnke scored four goals against Gonzaga (DC) at the Chicago Jesuit Cup.

Walsh Jesuit’s Max Miotke (forward) was named Great Lakes Hockey League Player of the Week for the week ending January 16th.

Miotke scored 9 of Walsh’s 14 goals in the Cleveland Jesuit Classic. In the final game of the classic, Miotke scored a hattrick.

Over the course of 24 games this season, Miotke has notched 18 goals and 12 assists.

Sean Bauchens scored a whopping four goals in Holy Name’s 5-4 win over St. Charles last weekend.

Joe Conway of Chagrin Falls was named one of the News-Herald Players of the Week after scoring six goals in one game. Yes, you read that right. Six goals in one game.