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.
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 3-5
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