Lake Erie Monsters
Spotlight On: Condon, Patterson, Carey
Nathan Condon tallied an assist in Minnesota’s opening round game of the NCAA tournament. The Gophers went on to win the game 7-3 over Boston University. With the victory, Minnesota earned a rematch from a week prior against the University of North Dakota. Condon played a big part in the 5-2 victory over the Sioux, finishing with two points (1g/1a) and a +2 rating. The Gophers now match up against Boston College in the Frozen Four in Tampa.
Kent Patterson (University of Minnesota) played solid in net for the Gophers on back-to-back nights to open the NCAA tournament. Patterson turned aside a combined 55-of-60 shots (.917) in Minnesota’s two victories over Boston University and the University of North Dakota, respectively. The Gophers will make their 20th appearance in the Frozen Four when they face Boston College on April 5th.
Paul Carey (Boston College) came out firing against Air Force, registering nine shots-on-goal but came up empty on the score sheet in the Eagles’ 2-0 first-round victory. Carey continued to fire the puck the next night with four shots and tallied an assist as Boston College rolled to a 4-0 win over Minnesota-Duluth to earn their spot in the Frozen Four. The Eagles will match up against the University of Minnesota.
Last three: 2-1-0
Overall: 34-28-3-7 … 78 Points … 9th in Western ConferenceA brief look into the Monsters’ last three games:March 29 – 4-3 SOW at Houston
In a game that saw a combined 48 penalty minutes, the Monsters came out on top in a 4-3 shootout victory over the Houston Aeros. David Van Der Gulik
scored the first goal of the game on the power play, his 10th of the season. David wasn’t done for the night, however, as he scored in the shootout to solidify the win for the Monsters. March 31 – 4-0 loss at Texas
The Monsters saw their consecutive one-goal game streak come to an end at the hands of the last-place Texas Stars. Cedrick Desjardins
started the game in net for Lake Erie, but was replaced by Calvin Pickard
after he allowed four goals on 29 shots. It was Pickard’s debut for the Monsters and he stopped all eight shots that he faced. Duncan Siemens
also made his debut for the Monsters and had a -1 rating, one shot-on-goal, and two penalty minutes.April 1 – 8-4 win at Texas
Lake Erie dueled with the Stars again, in the Monsters’ last road game of the season. After being shutout by the Stars the night before, the Monsters regained their offensive output and posted a franchise record eight goals en route to an 8-4 victory. Calvin Pickard
earned a win in his first professional start, turning aside 25-of-29 shots. Peter MacArthur had a four-point night tallying a goal and three assists for the Monsters. Ryan Stoa
contributed to the offensive explosion with three points (2g/1a) and +3 rating. Up next:
4/6 vs. Rockford
4/7 vs. Rockford
4/13 vs. HamiltonNCAALuke Moffatt
(University of Michigan) notched an assist in the Wolverines’ opening-round game of the NCAA tournament. Michigan made an early exit from the tournament after losing to Cornell 3-2 in overtime, a game in which Michigan went 0-for-7 on the power play. Kieran Millan
(Boston University) stopped 35-of-40 shots for the Terriers in an opening-round loss to the University of Minnesota, 7-3. Millan finishes his career at Boston with a program-record 81 victories.WHLTroy Rutkowski
(Portland Winterhawks) scored a goal and was a +5 during Portland’s first-round series against the Kelowna Rockets. Rutkowski and the Winterhawks swept the series 4-0 and will square off against the Kamloops Blazers in the second round of the WHL playoffs.OHLGarrett Meurs
(Plymouth Whalers) did not suit up for the Whalers’ opening-round series against the Guelph Storm. The Whalers won the series 4-2 and will face the Kitchener Rangers in the Western Conference semifinals.Michael Sgarbossa
(Sudbury Wolves) had three points (2g/1a) in a 4-0 series loss to Brampton. Sgarbossa finished the season as the OHL’s scoring leader with 102 points (47g/55a). Sgarbossa also recorded career highs in penalty minutes (68) and plus/minus (+21). Stephen Silas
(Belleville Bulls) scored a goal for the Bulls in a 4-2 series defeat to the Ottawa 67’s. QMJHLGabriel Beaupre
(Val-d’Or Foreurs) went scoreless in a 4-0 series defeat to Rimouski. Dillon Donnelly
(Shawinigan Cataractes) has yet to appear in the postseason. The Cataractes swept Rouyn-Noranda and will face the Chicoutimi Sagueneens in the second round of the QMJHL playoffs.