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Monsters Mash: Win Some, Lose Some, Monsters Look Great

Your weekly recap of all things Cleveland Monsters.

Photo Credit: John Saraya/Cleveland Monsters

Record: 17-27-4-3, 41 points, .402 win%, 7th Central, 15th West

The Monsters won two of their four games last week. Despite being swept by the Chicago Wolves, the Monsters looked great in every single game.

They kicked off their short road trip with a 3-1 win against the Rockford IceHogs on Tuesday, February 13th. Nathan Gerbe shone brightly assisting two of the Monsters’ three goals. He also wore the “A” for the first time this season.

On Thursday, the Monsters fell just short of win against the Chicago Wolves, 4-3. Despite losing, Terry Broadhurst and Carter Camper earned 2nd and 3rd star honors for the night. T.Broadhurst scored two power play goals. Camper assisted all three of the Monsters’ goals.

The boys headed back to Rockford to close out the season series on Saturday. The Monsters won 5-2. Which was fitting as the Monsters won the season series 5-2-0-1. This time it was the Matiss Kivlenieks’ show. He spent the night showing off with each save he made.

The next afternoon the Wolves and Monsters met again. The Wolves skated away with the 5-3 win. However, the Monsters played better on Sunday against the Wolves than they did on Thursday.

Transactions

Things picked up again this past week for the Monsters on the transactions front.

Monday February 12th, was a bit crazy.

After being released from his PTO three days earlier, Michael Kirkpatrick was signed to a new PTO. Scott Savage was recalled from the Jacksonville IceMen.

Ivan Kulbakov was recalled from the Quad City Mallards to backup Matiss Kivlenieks. He was called up after Jeff Zatkoff was injured in the Monsters 3-2 win over the Manitoba Moose.

The Columbus Blue Jackets reassigned Andre Benoit to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, the AHL affiliate of the New York Islanders.

On February 16th, Sonny Milano was activated off of IR and assigned to the Cleveland Monsters. Due to Milano rejoining the Monsters, Kirkpatrick was released from his PTO.

The next day Ryan Murray was activated off of IR and was loaned to the Monsters for conditioning. He and Zac Dalpe were recalled by the Jackets on February 18th.

Team Leaders

Point Scorers

  1. Carter Camper; 39
  2. Alex Broadhurst; 29
  3. Terry Broadhurst; 24

Goal Scorers

  1. Alex Brodhurst; 15
  2. Terry Broadhurst; 12
  3. Carter Camper; 11

Assists

  1. Carter Camper; 28
  2. Alex Broadhurst, Zac Dalpe; 14
  3. Cameron Gaunce; 13

Penalty Minutes

  1. Brett Gallant; 62
  2. Cameron Gaunce; 59
  3. Justin Scott; 44

Weekly Stats

Around the AHL

Leaders

Point Scorers

  1. Andrew Miller, Phil Varone; 51
  2. Andreas Johnsson, Dylan Strome, Mason Appleton; 46
  3. Austin Czarnik, Travis Morin; 45

Goal Scorers

  1. Valentin Zykov; 25
  2. Andreas Johnsson, Warren Foegele; 23
  3. Curtis McKenzie, Eric Tangradi, Buddy Robinson, Greg Carey; 21

Assists

  1. Travis Morin; 38
  2. Phil Varone; 37
  3. Matt Taormina, Andrew Miller; 36

Penalty Minutes

  1. Alex Gallant; 154
  2. Andrew Nielsen; 104
  3. Garrett Wilson, Jimmy Oligny, Tyler Lewington; 103

Goaltenders

  1. Garret Sparks; 1.73 GAA, 20 wins, 49 GA, .939 sav%
  2. Calvin Pickard; 1.86 GAA, 17 wins, 40 GA, .931 sav%
  3. Jordan Binnington; 2.02 GAA, 12 wins, 36 GA, .926 sav%

Awards

Jared Coreau of the Grand Rapids Griffins was named the “CCM/AHL Player of the Week”. He and the Griffins shutout the Manitoba Moose two times in a row last week.

Story Lines

The Springfield Thunderbirds will host the 2019 AHL All-Star Classic. Read more about the upcoming event here.

Stephen Whyno gives us a great look at how members of the US Men’s National Team are dealing with separating themselves from the teams they left behind for the Olympics. Read the article here.