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Your weekly round up of all things Monsters, AHL, and Akron/Cleveland hockey. March 13th-19th, 2017.

John Saraya/Cleveland Monsters

The Monsters had a rough start to their week after getting shut out two games in a row.

The San Antonio Rampage shutout the Monsters on Tuesday, 4-0. The Rampage also swept the Monsters this season.

The Monsters traveled home to take on the Texas Stars on Saint Patrick's day. Unfortunately, the luck of the Irish did not shine down on the team and they lost 4-0.

On Saturday, the Monsters put on a show for their fans. After going down 3-0 in the first period, the Monsters scored six unanswered goals to take down the Stars.

Transactions

After signing a two-year entry level contract starting the 2017-18 season with the Columbus Blue Jackets, Sam Vigneault signed an amateur tryout contract with the Monsters for the rest of the 2016-17 season.

Rankings

Record: 28-27-3-4, 63 points, .508 win percentage, 6th Central, 11th West

As the season comes to a close more and more teams will start clinching playoff spots. The first team in the league to enter the playoffs this season was the San Jose Barracudas.

The Monsters are not mathematically eliminated from the playoffs. So, there is still hope for a second Calder Cup run. The rest of March will be spent playing six games at home. During this homestand, they will face the Chicago Wolves, Iowa Wild, and Charlotte Checkers. It is imperative the Monsters win every game against the Wild and Checkers in regulation. They sit in the 4th and 5th spot in the division in front of the Monsters.

Team Leaders

*note: Since Oliver Bjorkstrand can no longer be sent down to the Jackets his stats are not included in this post. While with the Monsters, he had 14 goals, 12 assists, and 26 points.

Point Scorers

  1. Sonny Milano, 34
  2. T.J. Tynan, 31
  3. Daniel Zaar, 27

Goal Scorers

  1. Sonny Milano, 15
  2. Oliver Bjorkstrand, 14
  3. Markus Hannikainen,13

Assists

  1. T.J. Tynan, 24
  2. Daniel Zaar, Sonny Milano, 19
  3. John Ramage, Dean Kukan, 17

Penalty Minutes

  1. Brett Gallant, 100
  2. Oleg Yevenko, 62
  3. Ryan Stanton, John Ramage, 55

Weekly Stats

Shots For 88
Shots Against 79
Goals For 6
Goals Against 11
Penalties/Minutes 17/37 minutes
Penalty Kill 11 for 13
Power Play 1 for 8
Forsberg
Games Played 3
Record 1-2-0-0
Shots Faced 79
Saves 68
Time On Ice 179:11:00

Around the AHL

Leaders

Point Scorers

  1. Kenny Agostino, 75
  2. Taylor Beck, 59
  3. Chris Bourque, 56

Goal Scorers

  1. Wade Megan, 27
  2. Greg Carey, Nicklas Jensen, Byron Froese, 26
  3. Jonny Brodzinski, Rocco Grimaldi, Pontus Aberg, 25

Assists

  1. Kenny Agostino, 54
  2. Taylor Beck, Travis Boyd, 43
  3. Chrisitan Djoos, Chris Mueller, Matt Taormina, Chris Bourque, 39

Penalty Minutes

  1. Tyler Lewington, 134
  2. Brendan Lemieux, 130
  3. Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond, 128

Goaltenders

  1. Troy Grosenick – 2.03 GAA, 26 wins, 76 GA, .930 sav%
  2. Zane McIntyre – 2.03 GAA, 16 wins, 44 GA, .931 sav%
  3. Michael Leighton – 2.17 GAA, 11 wins, 48 GA, .921 sav%

Suspensions

After an illegal check to the head against the Texas Stars, Nick Seeler of the Iowa Wild was suspended for three games. He won't see ice time until March 21st at Charlotte.

Patrick McGrath of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins left the bench to start an altercation on March 11th. In response to his actions, the AHL suspended McGrath for three games. March 21st will be the next time he sees the ice for the Penguins.

Player Awards

For the period ending March 12th, Paul Thompson of the Springfield Thunderbirds was named CCM/AHL Player of the Week. He notched five points, four of which were goals, over three games.

Story Lines

At 38 years old, Tom Kostopoulos is the leading scorer for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. He's making the most of his last years in hockey by being a leader and role model to those on the team.

At the end of the 2016-17 season, Texas Stars' President and Alternate Governor, Rick McLaughlin, will step down from his position. He is also the General Manager of Cedar Park Center.

The Hat Trick Sombrero made an appearance this past week for the Condors.

Akron/Cleveland Hockey

Northeast Ohio natives, Brianne McLaughlin and Blake Bolden, played against each other in yesterday's Isobel Cup championship for the National Women's Hockey League. McLaughlin made 60 saves in the Buffalo Beauts win over the Boston Pride.

Around the SB Nation Cleveland Sports Horn

UCLA bumped Kent State out of the March Madness tournament on St. Patrick's day.

Tonight, the Akron Zips basketball team plays the UT-Arlington Mavericks in the NIT tournament.

The Cleveland Indians had a week full of injuries to key players. Jason Kipnis, Cody Anderson, and Tyler Naquin will all miss time at the start of the season.

The Clippers blew out the Cavaliers on Saturday night after Coach Lue sat the “Big Three”.

Dawgs by Nature provide everyone with a daily newsletter on the happenings of the Cleveland Browns organization here.