The Lake Erie Monsters split with the Charlotte Checkers on back-to-back nights at Time Warner Cable Arena on Thursday and Friday. The Monsters remain eighth in the Western Conference with 26 points (12-10-1-1).
On Thursday, the Monsters picked up the 3-2 win behind Sami Aittokallio’s 28 saves.
Lake Erie would drop its matchup with the Checkers on Friday, 5-1. Geoff Walker scored the only Monsters goal, with Mike Connolly and Mark Olver assisting. Connolly now has a four-game point streak, during which he has three goals and one assist. Aittokallio got the start in net for the second consecutive night, turning back 30 shots.
Michael Sgarbossa leads the club, and is tied for second among AHL rookies, with 20 points (9g/11a) in 24 games. Sgarbossa and Bryan Lerg share the team lead with nine goals, while Olver leads the way with 14 assists. Tyson Barrie is tied for fourth among all AHL defenseman in scoring with 18 points (5g/13a) in 24 games. Aittokallio is 7-6-0 with a 2.91 goals-against average and a .907 save percentage in 13 games, while Calvin Pickard is 5-5-1 with a 3.11 goals-against average and a .905 save percentage in 12 contests.
Tue, Dec. 11: @ Hamilton
Thu, Dec. 13: vs. Rochester
Sat, Dec. 15: vs. Chicago
The Denver Cutthroats went on the road for three straight last week, going 3-0-0.
On Tuesday, Troy Schwab gave the Cutthroats the lead, and the eventual win, with a goal late in the third period. Kent Patterson won his fourth straight game, recording 19 saves.
Denver defeated the CHL’s top team, the Allen Americans, on Friday by a final of 2-1. Kieran Millan rejected 31 shots.
The Cutthroats would complete the road trip sweep on Saturday, with a 4-3 shootout win over the Fort Worth Brahmas. Patterson stopped 34 shots in regulation and overtime, while also turning back all four shootout attempts.
Millan was named the CHL’s First Star for November, as he was named a star in six games during the month including first star twice and second star four times. He finished 5-2-1 with a 1.80 goals-against average and .943 save percentage during the month. Millan, now 6-4-1, is second in the CHL in save percentage (.929) and third in goals-against average (2.29). Patterson (7-4-0) has won five straight games, which is tied for the second longest winning streak in the CHL this season. During his five-game win streak, Patterson has posted a .940 save percentage and a 1.74 goals-against average.
Colin Smith (Kamloops Blazers) is the WHL’s scoring leader with 59 points in 34 games. Smith also leads the league in assists (36) and is tied for first in goals (23). Smith has recorded a point in 29 of his 34 games, while also notching 16 multi-point efforts. The Blazers are in second place in the Western Conference with 51 points (24-7-1-2).
Troy Bourke (Prince George Cougars) returned to Cougars’ lineup on Tuesday. Bourke has recorded two assists over a three game-span since his return, bringing his point total to 14 (3g/11a) in 21 games. The Cougars are 10-16-1-3 (24 points).
Duncan Siemens (Saskatoon Blades) has recorded 10 points (1g/9a) in 28 games and is second on the club in penalty minutes with 55. The Blades are 15-4-0-1 (31 points).
Michael Clarke (Windsor Spitfires) ranks sixth on the club with 16 points (7g/9a) in 28 games. The Spitfires are 14-12-1-5 (34 points).
Garrett Meurs (Plymouth Whalers) is sixth on the team in scoring with 23 points (12g/11a) in 30 games. The Whalers are 14-9-4-3 (35 points).
Joseph Blandisi (Owen Sound Attack) is fifth on the club with 18 points (7g/11a) in 30 games. The Attack is third in the Western Conference with 47 points (22-7-1-2).
Dillon Donnelly (Shawinigan Cataractes) returned to the lineup on Friday, his first game since Oct. 12. Donnelly has appeared in nine of the club’s 30 games, recording two points (2a). The Cataractes are 6-21-2-1 (15 points).
Nathan Condon (University of Minnesota) is tied for fourth on the club with 13 points (3g/10a) in 17 games. The Gophers played two at Colorado College over the weekend, leaving with a 4-2 win and a 4-4 tie. The Gophers are No. 4 in both the USCHO.com poll and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll.
Luke Moffatt (University of Michigan) has recorded six points (6a) in 14 games. The Wolverines were idle last week, but will face off with No. 7 Western Michigan twice this weekend.
Gus Young (Yale) scored his first goal of the season on Saturday against Union, bringing him to three points (1g/2a) in 11 games. Over the weekend, the Bulldogs fell to Rensselaer, 6-1, and tied with Union 2-2. The Bulldogs are No. 15 in both the USCHO.com poll and the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll.
Denis Parshin (Salavat Yulaev Ufa) has appeared in 19 games since joining Salavat Yulaev, tallying 11 points (5g/6a). He has totaled 13 points (6g/7a) in 28 games with CSKA Moscow and Salavat Yulaev combined.
Joachim Nermark (Linkoping HC) has recorded two points (2a) in 31 games.