Monsters Mash: A New Goalie and Jump in the Standings

A weekly roundup of AHL and Cleveland Monsters news for the week ending 12.11.2017

Record: 8-9-2-2, 20 points, .476 win%, 5th Central, 11th West

The Cleveland Monsters and the Chicago Wolves went head-to-head this past weekend.

Friday night's game was “Chuck-A-Bear” night. Carter Camper kicked off the scoring with a goal in the second which unleashed the bears upon the ice. The Monsters would end up winning the game, 3-2.

Less than 24 hours later, the Monsters and Wolves were back at it again.

This time the Wolves would come out victorious shutting out the Monsters, 3-0.


Ivan Kulbakov was recalled from the Quad City Mallards (ECHL) after Brad Thiessen sustained a minor lower-body injury.

Sonny Milano was recalled after Friday's game and then returned after the Columbus Blue Jackets' game on Saturday evening.

Tyler Barnes was signed to a 25-game PTO late Friday night. He played in Saturday night's game and was then sent back to the ECHL on Monday.


Going into the weekend the Monsters were in 6th place in the division. Even though they split the weekend with the Wolves the Monsters moved into the 5th spot in the Central.

How is that possible?

The Grand Rapids Griffins fell to 9-13-0-3 after dropping their last three games. In fact, they have been on a slow decline only winning two of their last 10 games.

Team Leaders

Point Scorers

  1. Carter Camper; 14
  2. Miles Koules; 10
  3. Sam Vigneault, Dean Kukan, Paul  Bittner; 8

Goal Scorers

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


  1. Carter Camper; 9
  2. Dean Kukan; 8
  3. Sam Vigneault, Brad Austin, Jordan  Schroeder, Miles Koules; 5

Penalty Minutes

  1. Cameron Gaunce; 27
  2. John Ramage; 24
  3. Hayden Hodgson; 22

Weekly Stats

Around the AHL


Point Scorers

  1. Chris Bourque; 32
  2. Jack Roslovic, Phil Varone, Travis Morin; 28
  3. Andrew Mangiapane; 26

Goal Scorers

  1. Danick Martel; 14
  2. Jack Roslovic, Reid Boucher, Chris  Terry, Greg Carey; 13
  3. Nick Merkley, Daniel Sprong,  Valentin Zykov, Warren Foegele, Nick Lappin; 12


  1. Travis Morin; 23
  2. Chris Bourque, Matt Taormina; 21
  3. Phil Varone; 20

Penalty Minutes

  1. Ross Johnston; 97
  2. Alex Gallant; 81
  3. Tyler Lewington; 75


  1. Garret Sparks; 1.68 gaa, 11 wins, 24 ga, .942 sav%
  2. Calvin Pickard; 1.77 gaa, 8 wins, 17 ga, .935 sav%
  3. Michael Hutchinson; 1.82 gaa, 9 wins, 22 ga, .947 sav%

Player Awards

Anthony Cirelli of the Syracuse Crunch was named “CCM/AHL Player of the Week”. In three games last week, he tallied seven points and a plus-6 rating.

Story Lines

After 29 years, Bob Crawford was called up to the big show. Currently, with the Hartford Wolfpack, he got his chance to shine on the radio doing play by play for the New York Rangers.

Spencer Foo is finding his groove in professional hockey.

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