The Lake Erie Monsters spent the weekend on home ice at Quicken Loans Arena, snagging back-to-back victories against the San Antonio Rampage on Thursday and Saturday night.
On Thursday, six different Monsters scored to secure a 6-2 win. Twenty-one seconds after San Antonio scored its first goal, Joey Hishon put the Monsters on the board at 3:26 in the first period with his 10th tally of the season. His goal was matched two minutes later with another San Antonio point, making the score 2-1, but it would be the Rampage’s last in the game.
Andrew Agozzino scored his ninth of the year for the Monsters, tying the game up 2-2 at 6:47 of the first period.
Michael Sgarbossa opened up the scoring in the final frame, potting his fourth overall goal, the game-winner, at 2:34. He also set the pucks in motion for the most goals scored in a single period for the Monsters this season.
Kenny Ryan tallied at 5:39 during a four-on-four, giving the Monsters a 4-2 lead. Maxim Noreau added another goal five seconds later, which Ryan assisted on. It was Noreau’s eighth goal of the season.
The last point of the game was scored by Dennis Everberg at 16:30. His fourth goal of the season sealed the victory at 6-2.
On top of his first period tally, Hishon also had two assists in the win. Everberg, Noreau, and Ryan each finished with one goal and one assist each. Gabriel Beaupre, Stefan Elliott, Paul Carey and Karl Stollery each had an assist.
Reto Berra made 29 saves for the Monsters in the victory.
Heading into the last game before the AHL All-Star Break, Agozzino scored his second goal of the weekend, the overtime winner, in Saturday’s 3-2 win over San Antonio.
Everberg’s first-period goal at 12:00, kicked off the game, giving the Monsters a 1-0 lead.
Stefan Elliott opened up the third period with a tally just 37 seconds in, pushing the score to 2-0.
Reto Berra’s bid for a perfect game ended in the last four minutes of the game when San Antonio scored twice to force overtime. Berra improved to 3-1-1 after stopping 37-of-39 shots in the overtime win.
Agozzino’s overtime goal was his 10th this season. Elliott now leads the Monsters in goals with 12.
Elliott skated in the AHL All-Star Classic Skills competition on Sunday, participating in the Panasonic Breakaway Relay, where he registered one save for Team West; and the Accuracy Shooting challenege, where he hit four targets on eight attempts. Team West fell to team East 15-11 during the skills competition.
On Monday, Elliott played in the All-Star Classic game in Utica, New York. His team beat the East 14-12.
The AHL will resume regular season games on Thursday.
Jan. 30 at Oaklahoma City
Jan. 31 at Oklahoma City
Feb. 3 at Milwaukee
Fort Wayne Komets
Fort Wayne fell 5-4 to the Wheeling Nailers on Friday night. Garrett Meurs finished with an assist and two shots on goal in the match. Goaltender Roman Will made 20 saves on 25 shots.
On Saturday, the Komets rallied back against the Nailers, beating them 4-1. Will and Meurs did not play in Saturday’s win.
Chris Bigras (Owen Sound Attack): The Owen Sound Attack defeated the Kingston Frontenacs 5-2 on Saturday, and Bigras registered a goal. Bigras had an assist in a 7-3 loss to the Erie Otters the following night. He currently ranks third in scoring among OHL defensemen with 44 points (14 goals, 30 assists) in 41 games this season.
Nick Magyar (Kitchener Rangers): The Kitchener Rangers beat the Kingston Frontenacs 2-1 on Friday, and then fell 2-1 to the Mississauga Steelheads on Sunday. Magyar had one assist in the Sunday win.
Spencer Martin (Mississauga Steelheads): Martin will miss the remainder of the season with a knee injury, suffered Dec. 21 against the Sudbury Wolves. The 19-year-old Ontario native, Colorado’s third-round pick (63rd overall) in the 2013 NHL Draft, appeared in 31 games for the Steelheads this season. He finished the year with a 15-13-1 record, a 2.98 goals-against average and a .921 save percentage.
Kyle Wood (North Bay Battalion): North Bay fell 3-0 to the Saginaw Spirit on Thursday at home. The following night the Battalion traveled to Oshawa and scored three goals against the Generals, but could not match the home team’s five. In the final game of the weekend, North Bay shutout the Sudbury Wolves 6-0 at home. Wood had a goal and an assist in the victory. Wood now has 12 goals and 15 assists for the Battalion this season.
Julien Nantel (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies): Rouyn-Noranda traveled to Chicoutimi on Friday, winning 2-1 in overtime. Nantel recorded a goal in the win. The Huskies fell 6-1 on Saturday to Baie-Comeau. Nantel scored his second goal for the weekend, and the only goal for Rouyn-Noranda in the loss. On Sunday, Rouyn-Noranda fell 6-3 to Baie-Comeau. Nantel registered an assist in the loss. He has 40 points (17 goals, 23 assists) in 44 games this season.
Alexis Pepin (Val-d’Or Foreurs): Val-d’Or traveled to Sherbrooke on Friday, beating them 4-2. On Saturday, Val-d’Or visited Gatineau and fell 8-5 to the Olympiques. Pepin has 12 goals and six assists in 31 games so far this season.
Conner Bleackley (Red Deer Rebels): The Red Deer Rebels played in one game last week, defeating the Vancouver Giants 5-3 on Saturday. Bleackley has 43 points (22 goals, 21 assists) and a plus-9 rating in 45 games this season.
Mason Geertsen (Vancouver Giants): Vancouver fell 8-4 to the Medicine Hat Tigers on Wednesday. Geertsen had an assist in the loss. After a two-day break, the Giants beat the Lethbridge Hurricanes 3-2 on Friday, but fell 5-3 the next night to the Red Deer Rebels. Playing in their third game in as many days, the Giants took an 8-0 loss against the Calgary Hitmen on Sunday. Geertsen, Colorado’s fourth-round pick (93rd overall) in the 2013 NHL Draft, has 30 points (nine goals, 21 assists) in 47 games this season.
Will Butcher (University of Denver): The Pioneers beat the Miami University Redhawks 3-1 on Friday at Steve Cady Arena, but fell 4-1 to Miami the following night. Butcher has two goals and eight assists in 21 games on the 2014-15 season.
Ben Storm (St. Cloud State University): St. Cloud State shutout Western Michigan University on Friday by an impressive 7-0 score. The next night the Huskies fell 3-2 to Western Michigan and headed home with one win on the weekend. Storm has one goal in 17 games this season.
Maximilian Pajpach (Tappara U20, Ligga Jr. A): Pajpach has yet to appear in a game with Tappara this season after suffering an offseason injury.
Anton Lindholm (Skelleftea AIK, SHL): Skelleftea beat the Leksands IF 4-0 on Thursday before defeating Djurgarden 5-1 Saturday night. Lindholm tallied an assist in Thursday’s victory. Lindholm has a plus-7 rating and four assists in 24 games for Skelleftea this season.
Wilhelm Westlund (Vita Hasten, Allsvenskan): Vita Hasten lost 9-1 to the Malmo Redhawks last Tuesday, and lost again 3-1 to IF Bjorkloven on Friday. Westlund has 11 points (two goals, nine assists) and a plus-3 rating in 31 games this season.
Luke Walker (Graz 99ers, Eishockey Liga): The Graz 99ers and Luke Walker beat Dornbirner Eishockey Club 2-1 on Friday. Walker scored a goal in Sunday’s 5-3 loss to HC Orli Znojmo. Walker has 22 points (14 goals, eight assists) in 39 games for the Graz 99ers this season.
Jonas Holos (Lokomotiv Yaroslavl): Lokomotiv beat Traktor 1-0 last Tuesday, and then beat Ugra 5-2 on Thursday. Holos has 14 points (six goals, eight assists) in 49 games this season.
Denis Parshin (Avangard Omsk): Avangard dropped a 5-4 decision to Salavat Yulaev on Wednesday. Parshin registered two goals and one assist in the loss. Parshin continues to lead his team in scoring with 50 points (24 goals, 26 assists) and has an impressive plus-18 rating in 49 games this season. He’s ranked fifth in the KHL in goals and sixth in overall points. Parshin also represented Avangard on Team East during the KHL All-Star Game on Jan. 25 in Sochi, picking up two goals and two assists in the 18-16 victory over Team West in front of a crowd of 12,000.