The Monsters were on the road this past weekend in Oklahoma City against the Barons. On Friday, they were defeated 2-1 with the Barons scoring a late goal to secure the victory. It was the Monsters' third straight loss.
The Monsters were solid on defense all game, which began with a scoreless first period. They picked up a goal late in the second period with Matt Hunwick tallying his ninth goal of the season. Mark Olver and Andrew Aggozzino picked up assists on Hunwick's goal.
The score remained tied at 1-1 until very late in the third period when the Barons scored with 19.8 seconds left in regulation.
Sami Aittokallio was strong in net for the Monsters, stopping 32 of 34 shots.
The Monsters were back in action on Saturday night for a rematch with the Barons. It was a closely contested game with Lake Erie winning 5-4 in a shootout. The Monsters took their first lead of the game after Olver scored at 6:58 of the second period. JT Wyman picked up the lone assist on the goal.
Garrett Meurs put the Monsters back on top early in the third period, deflecting a Colin Smith shot past the Barons' goalie. Stefan Elliott was also credited with an assist on the goal.
Lake Erie pushed its lead to 4-2 when Brad Malone took a pass from Gabriel Beaupre the length of the ice and fired a shot past the Oklahoma City netminder. The lead would not last long as the Barons stormed back with two goals in the final five minutes of regulation.
After a fruitless overtime, the Monsters won the shootout 2-1. Smith and Elliott scored in the tiebreaker to put Lake Erie on the right side of the scoreboard.
Aittokallio was again strong in net, stopping 38 of 42 shots. The win was his tenth of the season, moving his overall record to 10-11-1
Feb. 21 vs. Iowa
Feb. 22 vs. Iowa
Feb. 25 vs. Texas
It was a great week for Kent Patterson and the Denver Cutthroats. Patterson was named on Monday the Oakley CHL Goaltender of the Week for the second consecutive week and for the third time this season. He is ranked in the top five in the CHL in both goals-against average and save percentage. Patterson sports a 20-8-6 record this season.
On Friday, Denver played host to St. Charles and won 1-0. Patterson was superb in net for the Cutthroats, stopping all 30 shots he faced.
The Denver goalie didn’t post another shutout on Saturday, but he still played great guarding the goal. He stopped 38 of 40 shots in Denver’s 4-2 win over the Chill.
Patterson was back in net for the Cutthroats on Monday, and his strong performance in the crease continued. After being named the league's goalie of the week earlier in the day, he went on to stop 40 of 43 shots in Denver’s 4-3 victory over Allen. The win capped a great week for Patterson, who will look to continue his strong play on Friday versus Missouri.
Feb. 21 vs. Missouri
Feb. 22 vs. Missouri
Feb. 28 at Rapid City
Kieran Millan (Wheeling Nailers): Millan and the Nailers played four games this past week, posting a 3-1 record. Millan was in net Wednesday for a 4-1 win over Toledo, and he stopped 21 of the 22 shots he faced. The Nailers won 4-2 over Reading on Friday and 2-1 in a shootout versus Elmira on Saturday. They lost 4-3 to Ft. Wayne on Sunday.
Chris Bigras (Owen Sound Attack): On Friday, Bigras picked up an assist in the Attack’s 4-0 win over Kingston. They were back in action on Saturday, losing 3-1 to Belleville. On Monday, Bigras was credited with another assist in Owen Sound’s 5-4 win over Ottawa.
Joseph Blandisi (Barrie Colts): Blandisi and the Colts opened their week with a 3-1 win over Owen Sound. They were back in action on Thursday, winning 9-2 over Niagara. They lost 3-1 to Erie on Friday, but the team bounced back Saturday with a 2-1 victory over Peterborough.
Michael Clarke (Peterborough Petes): Clarke scored a goal in each of Peterborough’s three games this week. The Petes lost all three of their contests, falling 5-3 to Belleville on Thursday, 2-1 to Barrie on Saturday, and 6-4 to North Bay on Monday.
Spencer Martin (Mississauga Steelheads): Martin made 23 saves in two periods of action last Friday against Kitchener, a 5-0 loss for the Steelheads. Mississauga was back on the ice Monday against Sudbury but lost 4-1. Martin stopped 26 of 29 shots in the game.
Troy Bourke (Prince George Cougars): Bourke extended his point streak to eight games as he picked up nine points (4g/5a) in four contests for the Cougars this past week. Despite Bourke’s best efforts with two goals and an assist last Wednesday against Portland, Prince George lost 6-4. He had two more assists in Friday’s 4-2 loss to Kelowna. On Saturday, he registered a goal in the Cougars' 4-3 loss to Kamloops. Prince George bounced back on Sunday, registering a much-needed win against Seattle. Bourke had a goal and two assists in the 6-4 win over the Thunderbirds.
Mason Geertsen (Vancouver Giants): Geertsen and the Giants opened their week with a close 3-2 loss to Victoria. Geertsen pitched in with an assist in the loss. He picked up another assist in Friday’s 2-1 loss to Everett. On Saturday, Geertsen saw plenty of time in the penalty box as he racked up 14 penalty minutes in the Giants' 7-4 loss to Portland. He bounced back with a goal and an assist in Vancouver's 7-2 win over Kamloops.
Will Butcher (University of Denver): The Pioneers and Butcher were again on the road this last weekend, as they were in Omaha for a showdown against the University of Nebraska Omaha. On Friday, DU was upended 4-2, despite Butcher pitching in with a goal. The rematch was on Saturday, and the Pioneers bounced back with a 4-1 victory.
Nate Condon (University of Minnesota): Condon and the Gophers came up big in a home weekend series against the University of Michigan this past weekend. On Friday, they defeated the Wolverines 5-3. Condon had an assist in the series opener. They were also victorious on Saturday as Condon scored a goal in a 4-1 win.
Luke Moffatt (University of Michigan): Moffatt and the Wolverines played the No. 2 Minnesota Gophers over the weekend. Michigan was defeated 5-3 on Friday night and 4-1 on Saturday. It was the first time the Wolverines had been swept in Big Ten play this season.
Ben Storm (St. Cloud State): Storm and St. Cloud State swept a home series with the University of Minnesota Duluth over the weekend. They won 5-3 on Friday and took Saturday’s matchup 4-3.
Gus Young (Yale University): Young and the Bulldogs played Quinnipiac on Friday, losing 4-0. They bounced back with a big 7-5 win on Saturday against Princeton.
Jonas Holos (Lokomotiv Yaroslavl): Holos was playing for the Norwegian National Team last week at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Norway finished last in Group B after going 0-3 in the preliminary round, losing 3-1 to Canada, 6-1 to Finland and 3-1 to Austria. Holos and Norway closed out their tournament early Tuesday morning with a 4-0 loss to Russia in a qualification playoff.
Denis Parshin (Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod): The KHL is currently on an Olympic break. Play will resume on Feb. 26.
Tomas Vincour (Ak Bars Kazan): The KHL is currently on an Olympic break. Play will resume on Feb. 26.
Luke Walker (Medvescak Zagreb): The KHL is currently on an Olympic break. Play will resume on Feb. 26.
Wilhelm Westlund (Farjestads BK): Westlund joined Farjestads BK in the squad's exhibition games in North America last week. Farjestads played the AHL All-Star team in a skills competition last Tuesday and in the AHL All-Star Game last Wednesday in St. John's, Newfoundland. It lost the All-Star Game 7-2. The team concluded its North American swing with a 4-3 overtime loss to the Toronto Marlies on Saturday. Westlund has a minus-3 rating in 11 SHL games this season with Farjestads.