The Monsters have been on a roll recently, winning their last three games – all on the road - against Houston, Hershey and Syracuse. On the season, the club is 22-16-2-1 (47 points) and trails Toronto and Abbotsford by two points for the lead in the North Division of the American Hockey League.
After returning to Lake Erie on Jan. 16 from his stint at the Avalanche training camp, Michael Sgarbossa is tied for the scoring lead on the Monsters with Andrew Agozzino, and is third in the league in scoring among rookies with 32 points (14g/18a). In Lake Erie’s most recent game against Syracuse on Jan. 19, Sgarbossa tallied one goal and had two assists.
Defenseman Stefan Elliott and forward David Van Der Gulik also spent time at the Avalanche training camp before being reassigned late last week.
After spending nearly three weeks on the road, the Monsters return home for two important games against Toronto and Hamilton.
Jan. 24 vs. Toronto
Jan. 26 vs. Hamilton
Jan. 31 vs. Abbotsford
Denver has gone through many player changes on their club in the last week. On Jan. 16, the Cutthroats waived Jeff Neitenbach, Andrew Coles and Derek Scanlon to make space for three players: Ben Wilson, who was assigned to Denver from Lake Erie, and Brett Lutes and Gabe Gauthier, both of whom are returning from the injured reserve list.
The Cutthroats are 19-15-4 (42 points) on the season, losing their last two contests to Bloomington and Quad City. Their home record stands at 13-6-1 on the year.
Denver’s two rookie netminders and Avalanche prospects, Kieran Millan and Kent Patterson, have put up solid numbers on the year. Millan made 39 saves in a loss to Quad City on Jan. 19 and is now 8-8-2 on the season with a 2.66 goals-against average (GAA) and has a .921 save percentage. Patterson made 26 save in a loss to Bloomington and now has an 11-7-2 record and a 2.93 goals-against average and a .915 save percentage.
Jan. 22 at Bloomington
Jan. 25 at Missouri
Jan. 26 at Wichita
Colin Smith (Kamloops Blazers) is having a solid year for the Blazers as he leads the club in goals (30), assists (41) and points (71). He shares a team-best in plus/minus rating (+26) and power-play goals (11). He continues to remain in third place in the WHL for total points. He has helped Kamloops to a 30-14-2-3 record (65 points) and a third-place standing in the Western Conference.
Troy Bourke (Prince George Cougars) leads the Cougars in assists this season with 23. He is second on the club in total points (30) and third in power-play goals (4).
Duncan Siemens (Saskatoon Blades) has accumulated 73 penalty minutes, the third most on the team this season for the Blades. He has 15 points (1g/14a) in 43 games and ranks second on the squad with a plus-7 rating.
Michael Clarke (Peterborough Petes) has tallied two points (0g/2a) in six games with the Petes since being traded on Jan. 10 from Windsor. Clarke has 21 points (8g/13a) and four power-play goals during the season.
Garrett Meurs (Plymouth Whalers) is fourth on the team with (19g/18a) 37 points. He leads the Whalers in power-play goals with eight, two more than the next highest. Plymouth is 22-14-5-3 (52 points) on the season.
Mitchell Heard (Plymouth Whalers) has played in nine games for Plymouth since being reassigned from the Lake Erie Monsters (AHL). He has scored seven points (2g/5a) with Plymouth.
Joseph Blandisi (Ottawa 67’s) is tied for second on the team with 59 penalty minutes in 42 games this year. However, he has only played in five games with Ottawa after being acquired from Owen Sound on Jan. 7. He has two points, both assists, with Ottawa.
Dillon Donnelly (Quebec Remparts) has accumulated 51 penalty minutes on the season playing with Shawinigan and Quebec. In the nine games with Quebec, Donnelly has 23 penalty minutes. His 51 penalty minutes lead the Remparts.
Nathan Condon (University of Minnesota) tallied five points (2g/3a) in the Gophers’ last two games against No. 6 North Dakota. On the season, Condon has 23 points (9g/14a) in 24 games. His 14 assists and plus-13 rating are both tied for second on the team. University of Minnesota remains No. 1 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll for the fourth consecutive week. The Gophers are 17-3-4 overall on the season.
Luke Moffatt (University of Michigan) has three goals and nine assists (12 points) on the season.
Gus Young (Yale University) has scored five points (1g/4a) for Yale this year.
Denis Parshin (Salavat Yulaev Ufa) has played in 28 games for Salavat. He has 11 points (5g/6a), 18 penalty minutes and two game-winning goals on the season.
Joachim Nermark (Linkoping HC) has four points (1g/3a) in 40 games played with Linkoping.