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Record: 8-11-3-2, 21 points, .438 win%, 6th Central, 14th West

The Cleveland Monsters had a less than stellar week dropping all three of their games. They are now riding a four-game lose-streak and looking to get off at the next stop.

They dropped their first game of the week against the San Antonio Rampage, 4-2, on Thursday, December 14th. Miles Koules made his return to the lineup with a goal during the first period. The “A” made it's way onto Zac Dalpe's sweater for the first time this season.

Next up for the Monsters were the Texas Stars on Saturday, December 16. Even though they lost in overtime there were still many shining moments from the team. Sam Vigneault had a multi-point night scoring two goals. Their power play looked the best it has all season.

The Monsters had an epic case of the Mondays to finsh out their week. The Iow Wild came to town and the Monsters were unable to score one goal.

Transactions

The Columbus Blue Jackets swapped Jordan Schroeder and Gabriel Carlsson for Sonny Milano and Cameron Gaunce on Saturday.

Tyler Motte was sent down to Cleveland on December 19th. He will likely start against the Wild on Wednesday, December 20th.

Team Leaders

Point Scorers

  1. Carter Camper; 16
  2. Miles Koules, Sam Vigneault; 11
  3. Dean Kukan; 9

Goal Scorers

  1. Miles Koules; 6
  2. Carter Camper, Sam Vigneault, Calvin Thurkauf; 5
  3. Joe Pendenza, Paul Bittner; 4

Assists

  1. Carter Camper; 11
  2. Dean Kukan; 9
  3. Sam Vigneault; 6

Penalty Minutes

  1. John Ramage; 33
  2. Hayden Hodgson; 22
  3. Andre Benoit; 20

Weekly Stats

Weekly Team Stats - Cleveland Monsters - 12.19.2017
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Weekly Goalie Stats - Cleveland Monsters - 12.19.2017
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Around the AHL

Leaders

Point Scorers

  1. Chris Bourque; 32
  2. Phil Varone; 31
  3. Jack Roslovic, C.J. Smith; 30

Goal Scorers

  1. Danick Martel, Valentin Zykov; 17
  2. Daniel Sprong, Greg Carey; 15
  3. Jack Roslovic, Warren Foegele; 14

Assists

  1. Travis Morin; 24
  2. Matt Taormina; 23
  3. Phil Varone; 22

Penalty Minutes

  1. Ross Johnston; 97
  2. Tyler Lewington; 86
  3. Alex Gallant; 85

Goaltenders

  1. Garret Sparks; 1.64 GAA, 11 wins, 25 GA, .943 sav%
  2. Michael Hutchinson; 1.71 GAA, 11 wins, 24 GA, .950 sav%
  3. Calvin Pickard; 1.90 GAA, 9 wins, 22 A, .931 sav% sav%

Awards

Michael Hutchinson of the Manitoba Moose was awarded the “CCM/AHL Player of the Week”. Not only did he go 2-0-0-0 but he walked away with a 1.00 gaa and .971 sav% for the week.

Scott Pellerin and Craig Cunnigham were selected to be honorary captains at the 2018 AHL All-Star Classic. They will be both be honored for their outstanding careers at the AHL Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Ceremony. https://theahl.com/pellerin-cunningham-named-all-star-honorary-captains

Story Lines

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Saint Ignatius shutout Sylvania Northview, 3-0, in the 21st Annual Padua Holiday Hockey Tournament this weekend. This was the second year in a row Saint Ignatius came out of the tournament as champions.

The Gilmour Academy Lancers boys prep demolished the Pittsburgh Vengeance this weekend, 9-3 and 10-1. Sasha Juledev and Daniel Menges both scored hattricks.

Current Sioux City Musketeers and former Cleveland Barons goalie, Matt Jurusik, was named USHL “Goaltender of the Week”. This was his first time earning the honor.

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