After a two-week winless road trip, the Monsters were back in Cleveland looking for a victory.
They’re still looking, as it was a rough week that began with a 4-1 loss to Rochester on Thursday.
Brad Malone was back with the Monsters after the Avalanche activated PA Parenteau and Alex Tanguay in its lineup. Malone made his presence in Cleveland known quickly by scoring the lone goal against the Americans. Matt Hunwick and Karl Stollery picked up assists on Malone’s tally.
Calvin Pickard started in net for the Monsters, stopping 12 of 15 shots in 15:19 of ice time. Sami Aittokallio finished the game for Lake Erie, stopping 16 of the 17 shots he faced.
| Lake Erie forward Paul Carey (Photo: John Saraya/Lake Erie Monsters) |
The Monsters were back in action on Saturday night and desperate for a win against the Hamilton Bulldogs. They were on the wrong side of the scoreboard again with a 6-2 loss. Lake Erie showed some fight early with two tying goals in the first period. Paul Carey scored the first one on a wrist shot after receiving a pass from Malone. Stollery also picked up an assist on the tally as well.
Brett Clark tied the game at 2-2 in the second period, capitalizing on a power play. Colin Smith and Carey helped on Clark's goal.
However, Hamilton scored 12 seconds later and picked up two more goals in the second period and added another in the third to run away with a 6-2 win. Pickard stopped 30 of 36 shots in the loss.
Lake Erie’s winless streak was pushed to eight games after it lost 3-2 in a shootout to Toronto on Sunday. The game started well for the Monsters as they came out quickly with a power-play goal from Andrew Agozzino at 10:09 of the first period. The tally came on a deflection off Stollery's shot with Hunwick also getting an assist.
Pickard was strong in net for the Monsters, and he was able to hold off the Marlies’ attack for most of the game. He stopped 30 of 32 shots and was able to fend off two of four skaters in the shootout.
Jan. 28 at Utica
Jan. 31 vs. Charlotte
Feb. 1 vs. Charlotte
The Cutthroats played three games this past week, going 1-2. Denver finished its three-game series in Rapid City with a 5-2 win on Monday night. Goalie Kent Patterson led the way by stopping 39 of 41 shots. Lake Erie recalled him on Friday.
The Cutthroats finished their Colorado Tour with two games against Arizona over the weekend in Vail, Colo. They were defeated 4-1 on Friday and lost in overtime on Saturday, 4-3.
Jan. 28 at Wichita
Jan. 31 at Missouri
Feb. 1 at Tulsa
Kieran Millan (Wheeling Nailers): The Avalanche reassigned Millan to Wheeling on Saturday. He did not play in a game with the Nailers last weekend.
Chris Bigras (Owen Sound Attack): Bigras and the Attack were in action on Thursday, suffering a 7-2 defeat to the Barrie Colts. On Friday, they were on the wrong side of a 4-2 score to Guelph.
Joseph Blandisi (Barrie Colts): Blandisi helped the Colts to a 7-2 victory over the Attack on Thursday with a goal and an assist. The Colts were back in action on Sunday, losing 4-2 to Sudbury. Blandisi tallied an assist in the loss.
Michael Clarke (Peterborough Petes): Clarke had two goals in Peterborough’s 7-4 win over Sudbury on Thursday. The Petes were back in action on Friday but lost 6-1 to Oshawa. Clarke had the lone goal in the Petes’ 3-1 loss to North Bay on Sunday.
Spencer Martin (Mississauga Steelheads): Martin stopped 25 of 29 shots in Mississauga's 4-1 loss to Niagra on Thursday. He led the way on Friday, stopping 20 of 23 shots in the Steelheads’ 4-3 win over Ottawa.
Troy Bourke (Prince George Cougars): Bourke and the Cougars had three games this past week, which opened up Tuesday night with a 5-2 win over Lethbridge. Bourke led the Cougars with a goal and an assist in the win. Prince George was on the wrong end of an 8-0 scoreboard against Regina on Friday. The Cougars suffered another loss on Saturday, 6-3 to Brandon.
Mason Geertsen (Vancouver Giants): Geertsen and the Giants went 1-2 this past week. They opened play on Wednesday with a 6-1 loss to Medicine Hat. On Friday, the offense was clicking in a 10-0 win over Lethbridge. Geertsen had three assists in the offensive explosion. He picked up another assist in Saturday’s 3-1 loss to the Victoria Royals.
Will Butcher (University of Denver): The Pioneers and Butcher were hosts to North Dakota over the past weekend, splitting the two-game series. They were defeated 4-2 on Friday and but won 3-0 on Saturday with Butcher led the way with two assists.
Nate Condon (University of Minnesota): Condon and the Gophers had a great weekend, winning the North Star College Cup over their fellow Minnesota schools. They opened play on Friday with a 4-1 victory over St. Cloud State. Condon scored a goal for the Gophers. In Saturday’s championship game, Minnesota defeated Minnesota Duluth 5-4 in a shootout. Condon again chipped in with a power-play goal at the end of the first period.
Luke Moffatt (University of Michigan): The Wolverines and Moffatt claimed in-state bragging rights with two victories over Michigan State this past week. On Thursday, they won a close 2-1 matchup at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. On Friday, the series moved to East Lansing where the Wolverines bested the Spartans 5-2.
Ben Storm (St. Cloud State): Storm and St. Cloud State were competing in the North Star College Cup this past weekend. On Friday, they opened play with a 4-1 loss to Minnesota. They salvaged a victory on Saturday by defeating Minnesota State University 6-4.
Gus Young (Yale University): Young and the Bulldogs had a home-and-home series with Brown over the weekend. The Bulldogs were defeated 3-1 at Brown on Friday. In Saturday’s rematch, Young had a goal and an assist to help Yale to a 6-0 victory.
Jonas Holos (Lokomotiv Yaroslavl): Holos was strong on the defensive side for Lokomotiv this past week. Despite his efforts, Lokomotiv went 1-2. They opened the week Thursday with a 3-1 win over Spartak. On Saturday, they were defeated 1-0 by Medvescak. Lokomotiv lost 3-0 to Donbass on Sunday.
Denis Parshin (Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod): Parshin and Torpedo opened their three-game week on Wednesday with a 5-2 victory over Lev. They were back in action on Friday but lost 3-2 to Slovan. Torpedo bounced back with a 3-1 in on Sunday over CSKA.
Tomas Vincour (Ak Bars Kazan): Ak Bars and Tomas Vincour were 1-2 in their three games this past week. They opened their play Wednesday with a 2-1 shootout victory over Slovan. The shootout trend continued with a 3-2 loss to Lev on Friday and a 3-2 loss to Dinamo on Sunday.
Luke Walker (Medvescak Zagreb): Walker and Medvescak went 2-0 this past week. Medvescak defeated Atlant 4-2 on Thursday and upended Lokomotiv 1-0 on Friday.
Wilhelm Westlund (Farjestads BK): Westlund has 10 assists in 19 games this season with Farjestads J20 team. He has played four games in the SHL this season.