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LEMonsters: Week 3 on the ice


The Monsters finished the 3rd week of the season a dismal 3-5-1-1 which puts them 4th in the division.  Defense continues to be a huge problem, allowing four or five goals a game. With tough games this week vs the Adirondack Flames, it’s going to take  alot of work to get back on a winning track.

Week 3 Stats


Saturday, November 1st vs Texas Stars 4-3 OT

G Calvin Pickard got his second win in a row thanks to an overtime goal by LW Michael Schumacher.  The Monsters got off to an early lead with two goals in the first period from C Joey Hishon and C Colin Smith. The  Stars answered with a goal to end the first period 2-1. Hishon got his second goal of the night in the second period but the Stars answered back to stay within one, 3-2.  In the third period, despite some great saves, Pickard gave up a goal to Brett Ritchie to send us to overtime. Luckily, before the 3:00 mark and the loss of a player for both sides, Schumacher hit the game winner.  Pickard stopped 33 of 36 SOG.


Tuesday, November 4th at Rockford IceHogs 4-5 OT

The Monsters managed to score four goals, all on power-plays, which in itself is amazing, but they fell short in overtime to the IceHogs. Pickard stopped 41 of 46 SOGs, the most this defense has allowed all season. While their ability to score on the power play has been a problem in the past, the defense is still allowing too much access to the crease.



Friday, November 7th vs Utica Comets 1-4

A lone goal from F Borna Rendulic kept the Monsters from being blanked at home but was a far cry from the four goals scored by league-leading Comets.  G Pickard stopped 31 of 35 SOGs and perhaps needs a bit of a break. This is the third game in a row for Pickard facing 30+ shots and he’s wearing down a bit.  This was the Monsters most disappointing performance on Home Ice so far this season.




Wednesday, November 12th at Grand Rapids Griffins 3-5RomanWill

The Griffins may sit at the bottom of the division, but they gave the visiting Monsters more than they could handle on Wednesday night. Getting off to a 4-0 start, the Griffins owned the crease and forced G Pickard out of the game, replaced by fresh-faced G Roman Will.  The Monsters finally mounted some offense in the third period with goals from C Troy Bourke, C Sam Henley (the first of his careeer)  and LW Andrew Agozzino, cutting the Comet lead to just one. But their attempt at a comeback fell short when Griffin C Andreas Athanasiou scored an empty-net goal to take a 5-3 lead.


The Monsters return home with games at the Q this weekend vs the Adirondack Flames.

Friday, November 14th – 7:30: Face Off Against Diabetes, Dollar Dog and Soda Night

Saturday, November 15th – 1pm : Kids Day Game


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Cleveland Kate



LEMonsters – Week 1 on the ice

After a week of play, the Monsters sit at the bottom of their division, 2-4-0-1. Last weekend’s road trip started well with a win in Grand Rapids but things went downhill from there…

Aittokallio CPD
photo by Cleveland Plain Dealer

Friday, Oct 24 @ Grand Rapid Griffins 5-4
Thanks to goals from five different Monsters, G Sami Aittokallio won his first start of the season. D Markus Lauridsen got the scoring started in the first period and a goal from LW Michael Shumacher got us off to a 2-0 lead, however the Griffins quickly tied it up at 2-2, their second goal coming off the power-play which has been a problem for the Monsters in the past. In the second period, RW Kenny Ryan put the Monsters back on top 3-2 for the only score before the second intermission. LW Andrew Agozzino got his first goal of the season in the 3rd period to take the 4-3 lead followed by a goal from W Dennis Everberg with the eventual game-winning goal. They held off the Griffins to keep the 5-4 win.

Saturday, Oct 25 @ Milwaukee Admirals 1-2
After a stint with the NHL Avalanche, G Calvin Pickard returned to the crease for the Monsters in Milwaukee. Scoreless near the end of the 2nd period, LW Paul Carey’s goal gave us the 1-0 lead. A quick goal from Admirals Garrett Noonan left us tied 1-1 at the end of regulation. Over Time ensued, seeing the first 3-on-3 action under the new rules for the Monsters this season but despite 8 shots-on-goal we were forced into a shoot out. Milwaukee’s two shoot out goals gave them the victory, 2-1.

Sunday, Oct 26 @ Rockford Icehogs 2-5
An ugly 3rd period – giving up three goals – sent the Monsters heading back home with another loss. With G Pickard again in the net, the Icehogs led 2-0 after the first period. Goals from D Maxim Noreau and Agozzino tied things up at 2-2, the goal from Agozzino coming short-handed! Pickard stopped 26 of 30 shots but, giving up 3 goals in the third sealed the win for Rockford and a tough loss for out Monsters.

Week 1 Stats
Scoring leaders after 7 games


The Monsters return home for a pair of games this weekend. Hopefully home ice will help bring a few points to the W column and get the boys back on track. This is a tough new division and they can’t fall too far behind everyone else this early in the season.

Friday, Oct 31 vs Texas Stars (non-division)- Halloween party, trick-or-treat on the concourse!
Saturday, Nov 1 vs Texas Stars
Tuesday, Nov 4 at Rockford Icehogs
Friday, Nov 12 vs Utica Commets (non-division) – Salute The Troops Night, THUNDERSTICKS GIVEAWAY!

Respectfully Submitted,
Cleveland Kate

Lake Erie Monsters : Back on the Ice!

The 2014-15 AHL season is underway and Monsters Hockey is BACK! After a dismal 1-3 start, the Monsters head out on a three-city road trip this weekend (Friday in Grand Rapids, Saturday in Milwaukee and Sunday in Rockford) that will be pretty brutal. Each Friday afternoon I’ll recap the prior weeks games and preview the upcoming weekend. I’ll also keep you up-to-date on Home Ice Special Events! Rather than dwell on this first tough week of games, here are a few things that changed from last season that you should know…

DivisionNew Division: The AHL has done some realigning and the Monsters are now in the Western Conference, Midwest Division.  They face a tough challenge in this new division, facicng The Chicago Wolves, The Grand Rapids Griffins, The Milwaukee Admirals and The Rockford Icehogs. (How can you not love a name like “Icehogs?”) Anyway, looking at last year’s final standings, the Monsters would be a distant last place vs this competition. They will have their work cut out for them , especially considering their penalty-kill and shoot-out problems of last year.

Rule 85 “Over time”: And speaking of shoot-out problems, expect fewer of them this year with the new OT rules… We start with a 7 minute Sudden Death OT period… At the 4:00 mark, the first referee whistle stopping play will result in each team losing a player or 3-on-3 action! If the game is still tied after this period, a shoot-out featuring three players from each team will commence.  I can’t wait to see the Monsters play one of these new style of OT periods. The challenge for Head Coach Dave Chenowyth in managing the lines and watching the players with that much more empty ice… Awesome!

Congrats to stellar goalie Calvin Pickard on being called up by the Colorado Avalance and getting to play in his first NHL game this week. He made the trip to Chicago with the team and had just finished lunch and was getting ready for practice when he got the call. He was off to Ottawa be the backup for Reto Berra and due to a collision early in the first period, ended up in the crease and finished the game. Unfortunately, a  couple of 3rd period goals by the Senators turned his first game into a loss, but at least he’s up there!

Welcome to a couple new faces: Captain Bruno Gervais and rookie goalie Roman Will. With Pickard being called up, we’ll see much NewFacesmore of Will than I expected when we first signed him and defensemen Gervais being named a team captain tells you what his teammates think of him and his abilities. Welcome to Cleveland, guys!

Lastly,  if you are a hockey fan and you’re looking for pumpkin carving idea, check out the Lake Erie Monsters website. They’ve got some easy stencils on their to use for carving and show the whole neighborhood that you are a spooky hockey fan like me!

For more LEMonsters news, follow me on twitter @ClvlndK8.
You should also be following the voice of the Monsters @DougPlagens


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Cleveland Kate

My Cleveland Sports Weekend v2

Dear Diary,

OMG! You thought last weekend was amazing? Well, hold on to your hat because this weekend was EPIC!monster v griffins

Friday was all about the return of the Lake Erie Monsters… The guys were on the road facing the Grand Rapids Griffins and WON 4-0! Calvin Pickard was light’s out in the crease, fending off 37 shots-on-goal from the Griffins! With 2 goals from Karl Stollery, 1 from Kenny Ryan and an empty-netter from Max Noreau, the Monsters offense looked ready to get this season started in their new divisi

I have no idea what is up with the realignment but being in the Midwest Divison of the Western Conference is going to be tough. Based on last season’s records, we would finish a far off 5th in this group: Chicago Wolves, Grand Rapids Griffins, Milwaukee Admirals and Rockford IceHogs. Sheesh.

Saturday was fairly boring. The Buckeyes were on a bye and the Monsters lost their home opener 2-3 which depressed me and I don’t want to dwell on that right now, because…

SUNDAY was the BEST SUNDAY OF THE BROWNS SEASON in as far back as I can remember. Frankly, a victory never tasted so good as beating the pants off the Steelers yestereday 31-3. Yeah yeah the final score was 31-10 but that last TD was total garbage time stuff and shouldn’t count. Ha. After a kinda shaky first quarter, the boys in brown settled down and handled their business. With so many injuries this week I have to admit I was very nervous. This game had the ability to be huge. No, it wasn’t a “must win game.” Those are one-and-done playoff situations. BUT this game DID give the Browns an opportunity to make a statement. To tell the AFC North – and maybe the rest of the NFL – that we are NOT the Same Old Browns.

I don’t know what this week will bring, how long we are going to lose Alex Mack with the broken fibula, but I do know this…. WE BEAT THE FREAKIN’ STEELERS and we did it in convincing fashion… not some 3 point, last second field goal but three quarters of stomping on them, letting them know they’ve been in a battle, telling EVERYONE that we finally have Home Field Advantage, that the Dawg Pound DOES have teeth!

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Cleveland Kate

Our Lake Erie Monsters – The Week in Review #11

Game Notes:

04/13/14            vs Rochester      2-1 SO

Thanks to a great shot by Guillaume Desbiens, the Monsters took the shootout victory 2-1

SOG       LEM 43 ROC 23



04/15/14             vs Hamilton       1-2Monsters 12

G Calvin Pickard had his work cut out for him but our offense just couldn’t provide any support.

SOG       LEM 31 HAM 36



04/18/14            at Grand Rapids               4-2

Woo Hoo!  Goals from JT Wyman, Andrew Agozzino, Colin Smith and Matt Pufahl give the good guys a much needed victory!

SOG       LEM 24 GRG 27


04/19/14            vs Grand Rapids              4-3 SO

I guess we saved up all the offense for the end of the season… goals from David van der Gulik, Troy Bourke and Mitchell Heard send the Monsters to OT and a Shootout with the win coming from  JT Wyman / Brett Clark goals!

SOG       LEM 41 GRG 38


Respectfully Submitted,

Cleveland Kate


Our Lake Erie Monsters – The Week in Review #10

Our Lake Erie Monsters are nearing the end of the season. There are still a few home games left for you to see them in action before the long, boring, hockey-less summer arrives…. and with no hope left of making the playoffs, we’ve got the upcoming week left.


Upcoming Schedule:

04/13/14 vs Rochester Americans               Pucks & Paws: Bring your DOG to the game!

04/15/14 vs  Hamilton Bulldogs                   College ID Night (last home game of the season)

04/18/14 at Grand Rapids Griffins

04/19/14 vs Grand Rapids Griffins             Fan Salute Night, end of the season



Game Notes:

04/06/14           at Texas Stars   1-4

LW David van der Gulik continues to be a bright star on this Monsters team, scoring our lone goal in the losinStarsg effort against the Texas Stars last Sunday. That gives David four goals and seven points in just this past week.  While we were able to stop the Stars on 5 of their 6 power play opportunities, we did not capitalize on a single one of our seven chances.  G Sami Aittokallio stopped 23 SOGs but the Stars proved too much with two goals in the third period to seal the win.

SOG       LEM 31  TEX 27



04/10/14            vs Utica Comets               2-3 OT

Finally!  Our Monsters returned home after this interminable away stretch!  Fans got to see a game that started with a goal for Monster D Brett Clark, end in a 2-2 tie and head off to overtime.  Now, a name like “Pascal Pelletier” may be fun to say but it sucks to hear it announced as he scored a goal just 24 seconds into the overtime period. Sigh.  G Aittokallio fought valiantly in the crease but to no avail…. Our fourth loss in a row.  Sigh again.

SOG       LEM 21 UTC 32



04/11/14             vs Utica Comets               2-3 SO

Our Monsters hit the “Loss Hat Trick” by going down in a shoot-out on Friday night at home.  GCometsoals from LW Michael Schumacher and RW Guillaume Desbiens gave our Monsters a 2-0 lead going into the third period. However (sigh), the Comets came back with two goals in the third to send the game into overtime. After holding them off for the OT period, G Calvin Pickard let a couple pucks get by in the shoot-out to give our Monsters the loss. It doesn’t help Comet G Joe Cannata managed to stop all four of our shoot-out shots.

SOG       LEM 30 UTC 37



While there were a few bright spots this week for van der Gulik and Schumacher, the end result is that our Monsters have been eliminated from the playoffs.  I know they have had a rough season and playoff hopes were slim, but still, I’m a fan of playoff hockey, no matter how unlikely it is that we’ll get the victory.  We’ve got a few games left before the season ends so, if you are a hockey fan like I am, try to get out to the Q before it’s too late!


Respectfully Submitted,

Cleveland Kate


Our Lake Erie Monsters – The Week in Review #9

LEM9The season is winding down and the end of a horrible Road Trip is at hand…. One more game today at Texas and then our Monsters return home for a week.  Hopefully, the return home will also signal their return to winning games. While they started the week off with a win, they racked up two back-to-back losses and I’m hoping the home crowd energy will get them back on track.


Upcoming Schedule:

04/06/14           at Texas Stars

04/10/14            vs Utica Comets               Thirsty Thursday/College ID Night

04/11/14             vs Utica Comets               Autism Awareness Night / Dollar Dogs / Postgame Skate

04/13/14            vs Rochester Americans               Pucks & Paws (bring your dog to the game!)



Game Notes:

04/01/14            at San Antonio Rampage             5-3

After struggling for most of the year on power play opportunities, our Monsters took advantage of three… THREE…. last Tuesday to propel them past the San Antonio Rampage. After losing three in a row, this win helped keep the guys pumped up amidst a two-week long road trip. Goals came from LW Michael Schumacher, C Mike Sgarbossa, D Stefan Elliott, C Joey Hishon and D Karl Stollery.  In the net, G Sami Aittokallio gave up three goals but held on for the win.

SOG       LEM 34 SAR 31



04/04/14           at Texas Stars                   1-5

Alas, Friday night turned out to be Brett Ritchie night in Texas as he put the puck in the net four times for a Hat Trick +1, leading Texas to a resounding victory over our Monsters… and a very tough night in the crease for G Sami Aittokallio. Our Monsters lone goal came from LW Andrew Agozzino in the first period and then, apparently, our offense took the rest of the night off.  Sigh.

SOG       LEM 30 TEX 32



04/05/14            at San Antonio Rampage             0-3

“Monsters Blanked in San Antonio.”  That’s the headline on the LEM website.  BLANKED.  GEEZ!  I think this long road trip has taken a toll on the guys… just one more road game and then it’s back to Home Sweet Home!  G Calvin Pickard had a rough night in the net but with only 26 shots on goal, you have to wonder where his teammates went….

SOG       LEM 26 SAR 30


Since baseball season is officially underway, I will leave you with this…. Our Monsters are “rounding third and headed for home,”  both physically and metaphorically.  Road game today and then home for a week and, with only seven games left in the season, we’re almost done.  Playoff hopes were dashed by these last few games so hopefully we’ll have good hockey to watch this last week to hold us over during the off season… (Hey – a girl can dream!)


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Cleveland Kate


Our Lake Erie Monsters – The Week in Review #8

After a win at home last Sunday, our Monsters headed out onto a brutal two week road trip.  Things have not been going well since they left home with a couple tough shoot-out loses and we’re only halfway through. With just 10 games remaining in the season, they can’t afford to lose any more games.


Upcoming Schedule:

04/01/14            at San Antonio

04/04/14           at Texas

04/05/14            at San Antonio

04/06/14           at Texas


Game Notes:

03/23/14            vs Rochester Americans               3-0 Sami

RW Guillaume Desbiens was the hero of  Sunday afternoon with the game winning goal in our Monsters 3-0 win over Rochester.  This game was also the second shut-out in a row for G Sami Aittokallio which earned him CCM/AHL Player of the Week honors!!!!

SOG       LEM 24   ROC 23



03/26/14            at Chicago                                           5-6 SO

The road trip started well enough; the Monsters couldn’t hold a 4-3 lead in the final period and the Checkers tied it up. No one scored in OT sending the game to a Shoot Out, which Chicago won.  David van der Gulik scored twice in the game but couldn’t get anything done in the SO and the Monsters left with a loss.

SOG       LEM 35   CHI 34



03/28/14            at Milwaukee                                    3-4Monster

Friday night saw the return of D Markus Lauridsen to the ice after an injury, and a first period goal for his troubles…. Also adding goals were C Mark Olver and LW Andrew Agozzino but it was too little too late and they lose their second game in a row.  This also marked the end of their five-game point streak.

SOG       LEM 24   MIL 31



03/29/14            at Chicago                                           4-5 SO

Apparently, this is David van der Gulik’s week…. His goal on Saturday night set the record for most goals scored by a Monster (56) but it wasn’t enough to get the win for our Monsters. Mark Olver, C Troy Bourke and LW Michael Schumacher also added goals but that just sent the game into OT with a 4-4 tie. Naturally, a shoot-out ensued (because that’s how things have been going lately) and the Checkers attack was too much for G Calvin Pickard, giving up 2 goals and the loss. C Joey Hishon scored the lone shoot-out goal for us, so there’s that….

SOG       LEM 19                   CHI 50


With so few games remaining, our Monsters hopes of a playoff berth are shrinking to almost non-exixtent. Now, mathematically, it could still happen… 10 games left, 8 points behind Chicago…. But really…. Their defense gave up 50 shots on Saturday night.  FIFTY SHOTS!  OY! I’m not counting them out yet but I’m also not flying to Vegas and  putting any money on them either…


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Cleveland Kate


Our Lake Erie Monsters – The Week in Review #7

There’s been a whole lotta scorin’ going on at the Q this week – and I’m not talking about the Cavs. (ha ha ha). The Monsters have been home and, after a tough shoot-out on Wednesday, went on a scoring free-for-all Friday night to cruise into the weekend on a high note. Hopefully, they’ll keep up their winning ways on Sunday afternoon vs Rochester before hitting the road for some tough games.


Upcoming Schedule:

03/23/14            vs Rochester Americans  – Kid’s Day (kids eat free, Castaway Bay Day Passes)

03/26/14            at Chicago Wolves

03/28/14            at Milwaukee Admirals

03/29/14            at Chicago Wolves



Game Notes:

03/19/14           vs Toronto Marlies          3-4 (SO)


One of the most thrilling games of the season ended in a shoot-out loss for the good guys. Lead changes and great goal play saw the Monsters and the Marlies head into OT… and eventually the shoot-out.  Unfortunately, Smith and D’Amigo were able to get to G Calvin Pickard while Toronto’s netminder, Garrett Sparks, blocked us at every turn and the Marlies got the win.  Sigh.

SOG: LEM 33 TOR 30



03/21/14            vs Rochester Americans      5-0


Sporting their Pink-The-Rink uniforms, it was nice to watch the visiting Rochester Americans take another beating from our Monsters (I know, not nice, but still very true).  Friday night’s game was exactly what the Hockey Doc ordered… 39 shots, five goals and 15 points… Woo Hoo!  What’s not to like?  Hats off to our scorers of the night: C Mark Olver, rookie C Troy Bourke, LW Michael Schumacher, and (2) RW J. T. Wyman.  Excellent night for G Sami Aittokallio as well!




I know it felt like a really short week, but there’s tons of action still left in the season. This upcoming road trip includes four games and lost of action for Monster fans to catch on TV this week.

Respectfully Submitted,

Cleveland Kate

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:


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.



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!



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Cleveland Kate