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Our Lake Erie Monsters – The Week in Review #6

While offensive product (read: shots-on-goal) improved greatly this week, it was their ability to get the puck in the net and hold on to good defense that helped them finish this week with two wins and only one loss.  Power Plays still pose a problem on offense, going 0-for-6 in this stint; however they did manage to kill all 5 PP opportunities for their opponents. That’s something, at least.  Overall record is now 26-28-0-6, still 4th place in the North Division.

 

Upcoming Schedule:

03/19/14            vs Toronto Marlies

03/21/14            vs Rochester Americans

03/23/14            vs Rochester Americans (3:00 pm)

 

Game Notes:

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03/09/14           at Hamilton Bulldogs     4-1

Thanks to some quick offense from LW David van der Gulik, scoring two before the end of the second period, out Monsters defeated the Bulldogs on Sunday afternoon. While the Monsters were down 0-1 early, once they started scoring the defense took over and kept their opponents out of the net.  G Calvin Pickard got his 15th win of the season (15-15-4) while keeping Hamilton’s recent acquisition G Devan Dubnyk winless (0-2).

SOG: LEM 25 HAM 25

 

03/15/14            at Charlotte Checkers    2-5

While the Monster out-shot the Checkers 37-26, it was a third period defensive collapse that ruined Saturday night.  Going into the final period with a 2-2 tie, Charlotte made the most of their opportunities and goals from Biega, Sutter and Palushaj (PP) took all the life out of the Monsters.

SOG: LEM 37 CHAR 26

 

03/16/14          at Charlotte         3-2

After a rough Saturday night, it was the Monsters chance to turn up the heat and capitalize on their major shots-on-goal advantage. Leading 2-1 as the third period started (de ja vu), Checkers D Rasmus Rissanen quickly scored to tie up the game. Luckily for us, Monster LW van der Gulik wasn’t done having a great week. He answered with the go-ahead goal and then the team held on to make it the game winner!

SOG: LEM 43 CHAR 23

 

Respectfully Submitted,

Cleveland Kate

Our Lake Erie Monsters – The Week in Review #5

Our defense really struggled this week, giving up 11 goals over three games. They also seemed to have trouble on the road, winning their one home game this week and dropping both road games. Now, in fairness, the Toronto Marlies are a damn fine hockey team and lead the division. But still.  Saturday night brought the season debut of Kent Anderson at Goalie. As a prospect of the Avalanche, he’s bounced around between our LEM and the Denver Cutthroats of the CHL, but this was his first start for us this season; too bad it was a rough one.

 

Game Schedule:

03/09/14         at Hamilton (3:00 pm)

03/15/14         at Charlotte Checkers

03/16/14         at Charlotte Checkers

 

Upcoming Home Events:

03/21/14            vs Rochester Americans               Pink the Rink Night, dollar dogs

03/23/14            vs Rochesters (3:00 pm)              Kids Day – Kids Eat FREE

 

 

 Game Notes:

03/02/14           at Toronto Marlies         2-5LEM MAR 1

On Sunday afternoon, the Monsters quickly found themselves behind by two goals. They fought back and, with goals from  Joey Hishon and Mike Sgarbossa, tied things up in the second period.  Alas, the third period brought a game-winning goal for Carl Ashton – as well as the Hat Trick – to seal the win. T.J. Brennan and Brandon Kozun added icing to Toronto’s cake and left the Monsters suffering the 2-5 defeat. Calvin Pickard had a (very) rough night in the net. His next start will be at home on Friday night vs these same Marlies.

SOG: LEM 23 TMAR 28

 

 

 03/07/14            vs Toronto         3-2

There was a whole lotta shooting going on at the Q last Friday with 87 shots-on-goal between our Monsters and the Toronto Marlies, with the good guys coming out on top 3-2. G Pickard had a much better outing that the last time he faced this opponent! A home crowd of over 13,000 came out to see goals from Brad Malone, Matt Hunwick (PP), and Paul Carey (PP).  It was nice to see our guys take advantage of the power play. They have not been good lately of taking advantage of these situations so for two goals to come off the PP was huge for them.

SOG: LEM 40 TMAR 47

 

 

 03/08/14           at Toronto       1-4

 Canada has provided some good times for Americans who travel up there for the weekend (if you know what I’m saying), but no so for our Monsters. As if getting smacked around 2-5 last wLEM MAR 2eekend wasn’t enough, Saturday night’s 1-4 loss was actually more painful to watch.  Our Monsters just never got into an offensive groove and G Kent Anderson has his hands full, stopping 34-38 shots. Penalties proved to be a huge issue with the Marlies getting 9 Power Play opportunities. Anderson allowed goals on three of them but we were able to kill the other six.  After playing the PP so well on Friday night, we had five opportunities tonight and couldn’t capitalize on any of them.

 SOG: LEM 22 TMAR 38

 

 

Power Plays were the story this week, both in scoring chances and defensive production. The Monsters are really struggling at short handed defense but they are not much better at taking advantage of numbers. With just six weeks left in the season, it may be too late to make a run at the playoffs, but you just never know.

 Respectfully Submitted,

Cleveland Kate

 

Our Lake Erie Monsters – The Week in Review #4

A tough trio of games to end February…. One straight up loss, one Shoot-out Win and one Shoot-out Loss. Sigh. Just when I think our Lake Erie Monsters have figured out their offensive struggles, I see a week like this one…. A dismal record of 23-25-0-6 is what we are stuck with as we head into March and a road trip to Toronto.

 

Upcoming Home Events:

03/07/14 vs Toronto                    Sock Giveaway Night (I kid you not)

03/21/2014 vs Rochester           Pink Pome Giveaway

03/23/2014 vs Rochester           First 1,000 kids get a FREE Castaway Bay Day Pass!

 

Game Notes:

02/25/2014 vs Texas Stars 1-2

Kid’s Day was a great success… except for the fact that the Monsters lost. kids dayThe Texas Stars sit atop the Western Conference for a reason… even when you out-shoot them, they find a way to make the most of the shots they do take and get the win. The Monsters got a goal at the 15:12 mark of the first period but Goalie Nilstorp kept them out of the net for the remainder of the game. With only 23 SOG, the Stars had to pick and choose their spots. Add that to their league leading efficiency on the Power Play and it was soon 1-2 with the Stars staying on top.

SOG: LEM 33 TS 23

 

friday monsters

02/26/2014 vs Texas Stars 3-2 SO

Friday Night’s heroes were Michael Schumacher with goals in regulation and in the shootout and G Calvin Pickard who managed to stop all 4 shoot-out shots by the Stars to give the Monsters the Win in front of their home fans. Kudos to Pickard on his 13th win of the season and a special thanks to Stefan Elliot for scoring in the third period to force the OT / SO.

SOG: LEM 34 TS 36

 

02/28/2014 at Hamilton Bulldogs 2-3 SO

For the second night in a row, the Monsters needed Stefan Elliott to come up with a game-tying goal in the 3rd period… Unfortunately they ran out of luck in the Shoot-out  when Gabriel Dumont and Patrick Holland got past G Pickard twice to lead Texas 2-1 and take the 3-2 victory.

 

Sunday, March 2nd, at 3:00 pm EST the Monsters get back on the ice in Toronto to try and even out a rough week.  They’ll return to face these same Marlies again this weekend at home in the Q, but today’s game will definitely set the tone.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

Cleveland Kate

Our Lake Erie Monsters – The Week in Review #3

As if the Men’s Olympic Hockey team loss wasn’t bad enough, it was also a rough week for our Lake Erie Monsters, with a tough shoot-out loss on Friday night.  However, they bounced back Saturday with a win so there’s still hope!  The LEM are not making up any ground in the standings though, and the playoffs are looking more and more like a dream.

 

Upcoming Home Events:

Tuesday, Feb 25th vs Texas Stars:  School Day Game – puck drops at 10:45 am!  I’ll be there – hit me up if you want to come along.

Wednesday, Feb 26th vs Texas Stars: College ID Night, 7:00 pm start time.

 

Game Notes:

02/21/14 LE Monsters vs Iowa Wild 1-2

Sami

A great night in the net from Sami Aittokallio wasn’t enough to get the Monsters a win on Friday. While he blocked 34 of 35 shots, the game ended in a 1-1 tie forcing a shoot-out after the scoreless overtime period.  Iowa G John Curry was awesomer  (more awesome?) and stopped all four of the Monsters SO attempts while Wild  shooters McMillan and Kampfer scored giving Iowa the 2-1 win.  While they pick up a point in the standings for forcing the SO, Monsters are still a disappointing 21-24-0-5.

Shots: LEM 34 Iowa 36

 

02/22/14 LE Monsters vs Iowa Wild 3-2

Colin

The clear star of Saturday night’s face-off was Colin Smith with the game-winning goal to give the Monsters a 3-2 victory.  Calvin Pickard took his shift in the net and stopped 29 of 31 shots, improving his record to 12-13-3.  Over 15,000 fans were in house enjoying Joe Haden Bobblehead night to see the win and (finally) some offensive performances!

 

Shots: LEM 32 Iowa 31

 

Looks like the Monsters offense is starting to pick up again.  They’ve got a couple tough games this week and are sitting at 22-24-6-4 in the division standings.  There are still 25 games but time is running short if they want to make a run at the playoffs and the Calder Cup.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

Cleveland Kate

Our Lake Erie Monsters – The Week in Review #2

Welcome back from the AHL All-Star Break!  If you’ve been watching Olympic Hockey, I’m sure you loved the USA vs Russia game that ended with a shoot out victory for Team USA!  And I’m hoping  you caught the Lake Erie Monsters victory that ended the same way this past week!

 

Upcoming Home Events:

Friday, Feb 21st vs the Iowa Wild:  90’s Neon Night featuring Dollar Dogs and a Signed Players Jersey Auction

Saturday, Feb 22nd vs Iowa Wild: Football Night featuring Joe Haden Bobblehead giveaways!

 

 

Game Notes:

02/14/14 LE Monsters @ OKC Barons  1-2

Score tied 1-1…. 20 seconds on the clock…. Power Play for OKC… BAM He shoots, he scores…. dang it!  Anton Lander scored the game winning goal against Sami Aittokallio to take the first game of the weekend and ruin the Monsters Valentine’s Day.  Matt Hunwick had the Monsters lone goal in the second period. The offense was attacking, racking up 40 SOG’s but could only get one past the crease.

Shots: LEM 40 OKC 34

 

02/15/14 LE Monsters @ OKC Barons  5-4

You like shoot-outs? Then you loved Saturday night’s game… Robin Soudek from the Czech Republisoudekc scored the first goal of the game which was, by the way, his first AHL game! Way to jump right in! Also putting the puck in the net for the Monsters was Olver, Meurs, and Malone. With a 4-2 lead nearing the end of the third period, the Monsters defense seemed to still be on a break and allowed two goals for OKC – Horak and Lander – forcing the game into overtime. No offense for either team in the OT so we’re off to the shoot out…  And the Monsters ourscored the Barons 2-1 giving them the victory! Thanks to Colin Smith and Stefan Elliot for bringing it home and Sami Aittokallio for holding our net! (photo from LE Monsters website)

Shots: LEM 38 OKC 42

 

Standings

The Monsters are sitting in 4th place in the Western Conference North Division at 21-24-0-4.  There is still plenty of hockey left but they better get moving if they want to catch the rest of the division and have a shot at the playoffs.

 

OH, and mark your calendars: There’s a day game coming up on Tuesday, Feb 25th, 10:45 am… I happen to have 4 loge tickets and I’m may be looking for some fans to take with me… check back next Sunday for more information!

 

Respectfully Submitted,

Cleveland Kate

 

Our Lake Erie Monsters – The Week in Review #1

Our Lake Erie Monsters – the week in review… Feb 2-8, 2014

What started off as a promising week with a Win at Grand Rapids on  Wednesday came to a crushing halt with back-to-back loses at home to San Antonio.  The Monsters began the week 19-21-0-4 with hopes of getting back over .500 but ended up a disappointing 20-23-0-4.  Their on a break until February 14th for the Olympics so let’s hope Valentine’s Day brings the Winning Love back to us soon!

 

Game Notes:

02/05/14 LE Monsters @ Grand Rapids Griffins

LEM 1

Gabriel Beaupre made it look easy with the game winning goal to start things off… then again, since the Griffins were shut-out he didn’t know that the first goal of the game (10:37 P1) was going to hold up to be the game winner. Joining Beaupre in scoring was Duncan Siemens, Garrett Meurs, and Colin Smith. Special shout-out to Andrew Agozzino for 3 assists during the game! Guarding the crease was Sami Aittokallio who registered his 9th win of the season after stopping 19 SOG from the Griffins… who, by the way, lead the Midwest Division at 29-14-2-2.

Shots: LEM 27 GRG 19

 

02/07/14 Monsters host San Antonio (game 1)

Against an opponent they may have underestimated, Sami Aittakallio had his hands full on Friday night vs the San Antonio Rampage…. he may have stopped 30 SOG but he let three get past him and the Monsters fell 4-1 at home (an empty net goal near the end of the game accounts for the forth goal scored for SAR). Stefan Elliott scored his 7th goal of the season in the third period but it was too little, too late. The Monsters only took 20 shots and went 0-4 on power play opportunities. Lack of offense definitely showed in Friday’s game.

Shots:  SAR 34 LEM 20

 

02/08/14 Monsters host San Antonio (game 2)

LEM 2

Hoping to rebound from the poor shooting performance of last night, the Monsters again were kept out of the crease until the third period and dropped their second game in a row, this time by a score of 3-1.  With Calvin Pickard guarding the net, the Rampage put up 33 SOG and handed Pickard his 13 loss of the season.

Shots: SAR 33 LEM 22

 

Offense seemed the biggest problem this week…. or maybe the defense letting opponents take as many shots as they wanted… either way, the two losses this weekend came at a rotten time. With the American Hockey Leauge All-Star break starting, they have some time to think about what happened and make some changes so that when they get back on the ice they can turn things around. Their next game is February 14th at the  Oklahoma City Barons. They will return to Quicken Loans Arena on February 21st to face the Iowa Wild.

Respectfully Submitted,

Cleveland Kate