The Lake Erie Monsters hosted the Charlotte Checkers in back-to-back games at Quicken Loans Arena last week, splitting the two-game series with the Carolina Hurricanes’ American Hockey League affiliate.
The Monsters fell behind 2-0 in the first game last Tuesday and lost 2-1. Forward Paul Carey tallied the only goal for Lake Erie, with assists coming from Karl Stollery and Ben Street.
Goaltender Calvin Pickard made 27 saves on 29 shots.
Lake Erie bounced back two days later as it defeated the Checkers 3-2. Charlotte took an early 1-0 lead before forward Michael Schumacher scored his fifth goal of the season to even the score 1-1. The visitors took a 2-1 lead just under five minutes into the middle frame until left wing Andrew Agozzino tallied his 14th goal at 12:58 to tie the contest 2-2.
The Monsters took their first and only lead of the game when forward Troy Bourke capitalized on a penalty shot 11:06 into the final period, and it stood as the game-winner.
Pickard made 30 saves on 32 shots faced.
Lake Erie wrapped up its weekend on Sunday in Milwaukee, dropping a 5-2 decision to the Admirals. After falling behind 4-0, the Monsters received goals from Stollery and Gabriel Beaupre but it wasn’t enough to sustain a comeback. The Admirals scored an empty-net goal at 17:25 of the third period to seal the victory.
Goalie Sami Aittokallio made 22 saves on 26 shots.
The Monsters (22-19-4-3) will face Milwaukee again on Tuesday before returning home to host the Rockford IceHogs in back-to-back games on Friday and Saturday night.
Feb. 17 at Milwaukee
Feb. 20 vs. Rockford
Feb. 21 vs. Rockford
Feb. 24 vs. Rochester
Fort Wayne Komets
The Fort Wayne Komets traveled to Florida last week to play three road games in the Sunshine State. The Komets suffered a 3-2 loss to the Florida Everblades on Wednesday before traveling to Orlando to face the Solar Bears in two consecutive games. Fort Wayne defeated Orlando 3-1 on Friday as goaltender Roman Will made 44 saves on 45 shots faced, earning first star of the game honors. He also stopped a penalty shot in the first period. On Saturday, the Komets beat the Solar Bears for the second time in as many nights, coming away with a 4-2 victory. Will was again solid in net for the Komets, making 46 saves on 48 shots and was named the first star of the game for the second straight contest.
Chris Bigras (Owen Sound Attack): The Owen Sound Attack fell 4-2 to the Barrie Colts last Wednesday at Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre. Bigras tallied an assist in the loss. The Erie Otters defeated the Attack 4-3 on Friday, as Bigras recorded three assists in the losing effort. Owen Sound wrapped up its weekend on a positive note with a 5-4 overtime win over Erie in a rematch between the two teams. Bigras scored the overtime-winning goal and added another assist to finish the weekend with six points (one goal, five assists) in three games. He currently ranks tied for second in scoring among OHL defensemen with 57 points (17 goals, 40 assists) in 50 games this season.
Nick Magyar (Kitchener Rangers): The Kitchener Rangers traveled to Windsor on Thursday, falling 4-1 to the Spitfires. Magyar finished with a plus-1 rating in the losing effort. The Rangers were able to bounce back quickly as they defeated visiting Mississauga 6-3 the following night. Kitchener traveled to Belleville on Monday, dropping a 6-2 decision to the Bulls. Magyar contributed on both goals for the Rangers, scoring the second one and assisting on the first. He has 27 points (15 goals, 12 assists) in 50 games and a plus-4 rating with the Rangers this season.
Spencer Martin (Mississauga Steelheads): Martin will miss the remainder of the season with a knee injury, suffered Dec. 21 against the Sudbury Wolves. Martin, Colorado’s third-round pick (63rd overall) in the 2013 NHL Draft, appeared in 31 games for the Steelheads this season. He finishes the year with a 15-13-1 record, a 2.98 goals-against average and a .921 save percentage.
Kyle Wood (North Bay Battalion): The North Bay Battalion traveled to Sudbury on Wednesday, dropping a close 3-2 game to the Wolves. Wood tallied his 16th goal of the season and finished with a plus-1 rating in the loss. The Battalion hosted London the following night and defeated the Knights 5-2. Wood finished the game with a plus-3 rating. On Sunday, North Bay faced Sudbury for the second time in four days and came away with a 5-2 victory. The Battalion ended its long weekend with a game against Peterborough on Monday, losing a close 3-2 game to the Petes. Wood tallied an assist in the losing effort. Wood, Colorado’s third round pick (84th overall) in this past year’s NHL Draft, has 34 points (16 goals, 18 assists) in 53 games this season.
Julien Nantel (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies): Rouyn-Noranda beat Drummondville 5-3 on Thursday before suffering a 5-4 overtime loss to Sherbrooke the following night. Nantel recorded one assist and three hits in the loss. The Huskies traveled to Rimouski on Sunday, dropping a 4-2 decision to the Oceanic. Colorado’s seventh round pick (204th overall) in this past year’s draft, Nantel has 48 points (21 goals, 27 assists) in 51 games for the Huskies this season.
Alexis Pepin (Val-d’Or Foreurs): Val-d’Or faced off against Blainville-Boisbriand on Thursday, defeating the Armada 5-2. On Friday, the Foreurs traveled to Drummondville and came away with a 5-4 victory over the Voltigeurs. Val-d’Or finished its weekend with a big 8-7 shootout victory over host Sherbrooke. Pepin, who did not play in any of the three games, has 20 points (14 goals, six assists) in 35 games with Gatineau and Val-d’Or this season.
Conner Bleackley (Red Deer Rebels): The Red Deer Rebels hosted Lethbridge on Friday, falling 2-1 to the Hurricanes. The Rebels suffered a 3-2 overtime loss the following night to visiting Prince George. Bleackley did not play in either game this past weekend. He currently has 49 points (27 goals, 22 assists) in 50 games with Red Deer this season.
Mason Geertsen (Vancouver Giants): The Vancouver Giants hosted Edmonton on Wednesday and defeated the Oil Kings 3-1. Geertsen finished the contest with a plus-1 rating. The Giants suffered a 6-0 loss to Everett on Friday, before traveling to Tri-City the next night and defeating the Americans 6-2. Geertsen recorded an assist and a plus-1 rating in the win. He has 32 points (nine goals, 23 assists) and a plus-9 overall rating through 55 games this season.
Will Butcher (University of Denver): The University of Denver traveled to Grand Forks, N.D., this past weekend to take on the University of North Dakota. The Pioneers lost 4-2 on Friday before skating to a 3-3 tie the following night. DU defeated North Dakota 1-0 in a post-overtime shootout on Saturday to earn an extra point in the NCHC standings. Sophomore defenseman Will Butcher has 11 points (two goals, nine assists) in 26 games with DU this season.
Ben Storm (St. Cloud State University): St. Cloud State traveled to Duluth, Minn., last weekend to take on the University of Minnesota Duluth in back-to-back games. The Huskies suffered a 4-2 loss on Friday before defeating the Bulldogs 4-1 the next night. Storm recorded three shots on goal in the win. He has one goal and one assist in 21 games for the Huskies this season.
Maximilian Pajpach (Tappara U20, Ligga Jr. A): Pajpach has yet to appear in a game for Tappara this season after suffering an offseason injury.
Anton Lindholm (Skelleftea AIK, SHL): Skelleftea defeated Brynas IF 5-4 in a shootout last Tuesday before falling 5-4 to Lulea Hockey on Thursday night. On Saturday, Skelleftea wrapped up its weekend with a dominating 6-1 win over Modo Hockey. Lindholm has five assists and a plus-7 rating in 28 games with Skelleftea this season.
Wilhelm Westlund (Vita Hasten, Allsvenskan): Vita Hasten lost a close 4-3 game to IK Oskarshamn on Wednesday before being shutout 2-0 to Timra IK on Saturday. Westlund has 11 points (two goals, nine assists) and a plus-4 rating in 35 games with Vita Hasten this season.
Luke Walker (Graz 99ers, Eishockey Liga): The Graz 99ers defeated Dornbirner Eishockey 5-2 last Tuesday, as Walker picked up two assists in the victory. The 99ers faced off against Telemach Olimpija Ljubljana on Thursday, coming away with a 2-0 win. Walker scored one goal, the game-winner, and finished with a plus-1 rating. The Graz 99ers ended their weekend with a 3-1 victory over EC KAC. Walker recorded one assist and a plus-2 rating in the contest. He has 27 points (16 goals, 11 assists) in 44 games for the 99ers this season.
Jonas Holos (Lokomotiv Yaroslavl): Lokomotiv defeated Amur 2-1 in overtime on Wednesday, as Holos tallied the overtime-winning goal. On Friday, Lokomotiv beat Dynamo Moscow in a close 4-3 game. Holos recorded one goal, three shots and a plus-1 rating. Lokotomiv ended its weekend with a 2-1 overtime loss to HC Sochi. Holos scored the only goal for Lokomotiv, his third tally in as many games. He has 17 points (nine goals, eight assists) in 57 games this season.
Denis Parshin (Avangard Omsk): Avangard beat Sibir 2-1 in a shootout on Wednesday, as Parshin picked up one assist in the win. Omsk hosted Metallurg Novokuznetsk on Friday and came away with a 3-2 victory. Parshin recorded one goal, the game-winner, and one assist in the contest. Avangard then faced Admiral in back-to-back games, losing 3-1 on Sunday before picking up a 3-2 overtime victory on Monday. Parshin recorded four shots on goal in the win. He continues to lead his team in scoring with 55 points (25 goals, 30 assists) in 58 games and has an impressive plus-18 rating this season.