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Cleveland Monsters at Rockford IceHogs

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017 at 11:30am EST

BMO Harris Bank Center, Rockford, Illinois

Radio: 99x(99.1); 99x Online

Twitter: @goicehogs, #IceHogs

@MonstersHockey , #CLEMonsters

Cleveland Monsters, 23-18-2-4; 52 points; 5th Central; 9th West

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Rockford IceHogs, 17-23-8-3; 45 points;8th Central; 16th West

The Monsters start their seven-game road trip against the last-place Rockford IceHogs. Even thought the IceHogs are in last place they are not a team to take lightly. They are on a six-game point streak and have won their last three games.

Sam Carrick and Michael Latta are currently lighting things up for the IceHogs. In the past three weeks, Latta has notched seven assists. While Carrick has tallied 10 goals and six assists over the course of 24 games.

The Monsters are playing with a short bench due to six injured players and Oliver Bjorkstrand being called up to the Blue Jackets. Luckily, the Monsters spent Sunday-Tuesday signing a barrage of players to PTO contracts.

On Sunday, they signed Akim Aliu who is revered for his ability to play as a defender and a forward.

Valentine's Day brought forth the signing of two players who are able to create a play out of thin air, Alex Petan and Kyle Thomas.

Thomas scored a hat trick on Sunday for the Fort Wayne Komets before signing a PTO with the Monsters.

IceHogs Monsters
6-2-3-2 Leading After 1 8-2-0-2
12-0-1-1 Leading After 2 12-2-0-2
8-9-1-0 Tied After 1 10-7-2-1
3-2-5-1 Tied After 2 8-4-2-0
3-12-4-1 Trailing After 1 5-9-0-1
2-21-2-1 Trailing After 2 3-12-0-2
16-15-7-2 Outshooting Opponent 11-7-1-2
1-8-1-1 Outshot by Opponent 12-11-1-1

Season Series

10/14/2016 – Rockford (1) at Monsters (2) = W - recap

10/15/2016 – Rockford (1) at Monsters (3) = W - recap

10/23/2016 – Monsters (2) at Rockford (5) = L - recap

11/23/2016 – Monsters (5) at Rockford (4) = W -recap

01/18/2017 – Rockford(1) at Monsters (0) = L - recap

01/20/2017 – Rockford (0) at Monsters (2) = W - recap

02/15/2017

02/17/2017

Stats Matchup

IceHogs Monsters
2.35 GPG 2.47
3.31 GAPG 2.64
15.00% PP% 15.50%
78.10% PK% 84.70%
Abbott, Carrick; 11 G Leader Oliver Bjorkstrand, 14
Mark McNeill, 20 A Leader T.J. Tynan, 21
Spencer Abbott, 29 P Leader Tynan, Bjorkstrand; 26
Michael Latta, 92 PIM Leader Brett Gallant, 89
12-8-4-2 Road/Home 10-9-0-2
3-2-5-0 Last 10 5-3-1-1
3-0-3-0 Streaks 3-0-1-1