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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

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