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.
03/19/14 vs Toronto Marlies
03/21/14 vs Rochester Americans
03/23/14 vs Rochester Americans (3:00 pm)
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