Preview: Monsters, IceHogs Look to Extend Streaks

The Cleveland Monsters are back in action tonight against the Rockford IceHogs at 7 pm.

Rockford IceHogs at Cleveland Monsters

Friday, January 19th, 2017

Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio

7:00 pm EST

Television: Sports Time Ohio

Radio: 99x(99.1); 99x Online

Twitter: @goicehogs, @Monstershockey

Cleveland Monsters; 12-19-3-3, 30 points, .405 win%, 7th Central, 15th West


Rockford IceHogs; 21-15-2-3, 47 points, .573 win%, 3rd Central, 6th West

In Wednesday night’s win, the Monsters were a bit shaky in the first period. Come the second and third they were ready to go. They will need to start the first period strong tonight. The Rockford IceHogs are going to want to walk away from this series with a win.

Both teams are looking to extend their current streaks as well. The IceHogs are riding a six-game point streak. While the Monsters have finally won two games in a row.

Tommy Olczyk was recalled from his loan to the Indy Fuel (ECHL) by the IceHogs yesterday. His AHL debut may quite possibly be tonight. At 5’10” Olczyk is considered small for a forward but he is quick with a high hockey IQ. If he cracks the lineup tonight, it’s best to keep an eye on him.

Markus Hannikainen was assigned to the Monsters after last night’s Columbus Blue Jackets’ win. At this point, I’m unsure of what line Coach Madden will place him. The top line is pretty much set in stone and the second line is starting to mesh.

Season Series

10/7/2017 – Rockford (4) at Cleveland (0) – recap

10/31/2017 – Rockford (2) at Cleveland (3)preview - recap

01/02/2018 – Cleveland (4) at Rockford (1) – previewrecap

01/06/2018 – Cleveland (3) at Rockford (4) – shootout – preview - recap

01/17/2018 – Rockford (3) at Cleveland (4) – shootout – preview - recap




Stats Matchup

On This Date

On January 19th, the Monsters have a record of 2-0-1-0. They’ve outscored their opponent 9-7 on this date.

Cameron Gaunce holds the most penalty minutes with 15.

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