The Lake Erie Monsters concluded their four-game road trip on Tuesday at Hamilton, before returning home for matchups with Rochester and Chicago. The Monsters lost all three, dropping their record to 12-13-1-1 (26 points; 13th in the Western Conference).
On Tuesday, Calvin Pickard tied his career high with 44 saves in a 1-0 defeat against the Hamilton Bulldogs.
Lake Erie hosted the Rochester Americans on Thursday and fell by a score of 7-6 despite entering the third period with a three-goal lead. Michael Sgarbossa (1g/2a) and Bill Thomas (2g/1a) each posted three-point nights. Netminder Sami Aittokallio recorded 20 saves.
On Saturday, the Monsters hosted Chicago and saw their losing streak stretch to four games with a 3-2 loss against the Wolves. Calvin Pickard turned back 15 shots.
Michael Sgarbossa trails only Oklahoma City’s Justin Schultz in rookie scoring with 24 points (10g/14a). Sgarbossa leads the Lake Erie Monsters in points and goals and ranks second on the team in power-play tallies (3).
Mark Olver paces the club with 15 assists.
Calvin Pickard is 5-7-1 with a 2.96 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage in 14 games.
Sami Aittokallio is 7-7-0 with a 3.21 goals-against average and a .896 save percentage in 14 games.
Wed, Dec. 19: vs. Toronto
Thu, Dec. 20: vs. Houston
Sat, Dec. 22: vs. Houston
The Denver Cutthroats played three home games last week, going 1-2-0.
On Tuesday, Denver took down the Rapid City Rush 3-2 by way of a shootout. Kieran Millan made 25 saves and stopped all three shootout attempts.
On Friday, the Cutthroats saw their five-game win streak snapped by the Allen Americans when they fell 2-1. The loss also put an end to Kent Patterson’s five-game winning streak. The netminder stopped 29 shots in the loss.
Despite a career-high 49-save effort from Kieran Millan, the Cutthroats dropped their second contest to the Americans in as many nights, by a score of 3-2.
Millan is now 7-5-1 and ranks third among CHL goaltenders with a .931 save percentage and fourth in the league with a 2.30 goals-against average.
Kent Patterson is now 7-5-0 with a 3.08 goals-against average and a .902 save percentage.
Colin Smith (Kamloops Blazers) remains the WHL’s leading scorer with 62 points in 38 games. His 37 assists lead the WHL, while his 25 goals place him second on the leaderboard. Smith now has 17 multi-point efforts, while recording a point in 31 of 38 games. The Blazers are second in the Western Conference with 54 points (25-9-2-2).
Troy Bourke (Prince George Cougars) has played in seven contests since his return, recording four points (4a) in that span. Bourke now has 16 points (13g/3a) on the season. Prince George is 12-18-1-3 (28 points).
Duncan Siemens (Saskatoon Blades) has recorded 11 points (1g/10a) in 32 games and ranks second on the club with 59 PIM. The Blades are fifth in the Western Conference at 19-14-0-1 (39 points).
Michael Clarke (Windsor Spitfires) is tied for sixth on the club with 16 points (7g/9a) in 30 games. T he Spitfires are 14-15-1-5 (34 points).
Garrett Meurs (Plymouth Whalers) is tied for fourth on the Whalers’ scoring chart with 26 points (15g/11a) through 33 games. Plymouth is 14-11-5-3 (36 points).
Joseph Blandisi (Owen Sound Attack) is fourth on the club with 22 points (7g/15a) in 32 games. The Attack rank third in the Western Conference at 23-8-1-2 (49 points).
Dillon Donnelly (Shawinigan Cataractes) has two points (2a) in 11 games this season. The Cataractes are 7-24-2-1 (17 points).
Nathan Condon (University of Minnesota) is tied for fourth on the club with 13 points (3g/10a) in 17 games. The Gophers were idle last week and remain No. 4 in both the USCHO.com poll and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll.
Luke Moffatt (University of Michigan) has recorded seven points (7a) in 16 games. The Wolverines faced off against No. 7 Western Michigan twice last week. Michigan split the two contests, dropping the first 4-1 and winning the second 2-0.
Gus Young (Yale) has notched three points (1g/2a) in 12 games. The Bulldogs defeated Massachusetts 4-2 in their only matchup last week. Yale is now No. 14 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll and No. 15 in the USCHO.com poll.
Denis Parshin (Salavat Yulaev Ufa) has appeared in 19 games since joining Salavat Yulaev and has recorded 11 points (5g/6a). Parshin has 13 points (6g/7a) in 28 games between CSKA Moscow and Salavat Yulaev.
Joachim Nermark (Linkoping HC) has tallied two points (2a) in 31 games for Linkoping HC.