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…
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.
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!