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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


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!



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.




 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.




 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 #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


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


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