The Lake Erie Monsters traveled to Texas last week to take on two different teams in the Lone Star State. The Cleveland, Ohio club faced off against the Texas Stars on Wednesday, losing 6-4 in a high-scoring contest. Ben Youds, Samuel Henley, Ben Street and Reid Petryk each tallied for the Monsters, and defenseman Stefan Elliott led the team with eight shots on net.
Goaltender Sami Aittokallio made 23 saves on 28 shots.
The Monsters then faced San Antonio in back-to-back road games, shutting out the Rampage 4-0 on Friday before dropping a 5-2 decision on Saturday. Youds scored in his second consecutive game on Friday, while Street, Kenny Ryan and Trevor Cheek also recorded goals in the win.
Forwards Andrew Agozzino and Michael Schumacher scored for the Monsters in Saturday night’s loss.
Pickard (16-13-5) started both games against the Rampage, stopping all 31 shots faced on Thursday and making 29 saves on 33 shots the following night.
Youds is currently on a three-game point streak (two goals, one assist), while Agozzino is on a five-game point streak, which includes eight points (three goals, five assists) during that span.
The Monsters (27-25-5-3) will face Texas one more time on Tuesday before traveling to Toronto on Friday to take on the Marlies. The team will finish its weekend at home when it hosts Grand Rapids on Saturday night.
Mar. 17 at Texas
Mar. 20 at Toronto
Mar. 21 vs. Grand Rapids
Fort Wayne Komets
The Fort Wayne Komets traveled to Kalamazoo on Wednesday and lost 8-4 to the Wings. Goalie Kevin Murdock made 18 saves in the loss. The Komets hosted Toledo on Friday and defeated the Walleye 2-1 in overtime. Goaltender Mark Guggenberger earned the victory, stopping 25 out of 26 shots. Fort Wayne then faced off against Cincinnati in back-to-back games, losing 3-1 on Saturday before coming away with a 3-2 victory the following night. Guggenberger made 13 saves on 16 shots in the loss, while goalie Roman Will stopped 21 shots in Sunday’s win.
Chris Bigras (Owen Sound Attack): The Owen Sound Attack traveled to Barrie on Thursday and lost a close 3-2 game against the Colts. Bigras tallied a goal and an assist in the losing effort. The Attack headed to London the following night and lost another close game by the same 3-2 score. Bigras scored a power-play goal in the loss. On Saturday, Owen Sound hosted the same London team, this time coming away with a 2-1 overtime win in its rematch with the Knights. Bigras currently ranks second in scoring among OHL defensemen with 71 points (20 goals, 51 assists) in 62 games this season.
Nick Magyar (Kitchener Rangers): The Kitchener Rangers defeated London 8-1 on Thursday with a dominating performance against the Knights. Magyar tallied an assist and finished the game with a plus-1 rating. On Friday, the Rangers beat the Guelph Storm 5-3 before dropping a 5-1 decision to the Erie Otters on Sunday. Magyar has 30 points (16 goals, 14 assists) in 61 games 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 faced Sault Ste. Marie on Wednesday and defeated the Greyhounds 4-2. Wood finished with a plus-1 rating in the win. North Bay was shutout 6-0 by Kingston on Saturday before bouncing back with a 4-3 shootout victory over Belleville the following night. Wood, Colorado’s third-round pick (84th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft, has 38 points (16 goals, 22 assists) in 65 games this season.
Julien Nantel (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies): Rouyn-Noranda defeated the Blainville-Boisbriand Aramada 5-1 on Thursday, before falling 3-2 to Quebec on Friday in a close game with the Remparts. Nantel registered an assist, three hits and a plus-1 rating in the loss. The Huskies finished their weekend with a 5-1 loss at Sherbrooke on Sunday. Colorado’s seventh-round pick (204th overall) in the 2014 draft, Nantel has 60 points (25 goals, 35 assists) in 62 games for the Huskies this season.
Alexis Pepin (Val-d’Or): Val-d’Or traveled to Drummondville on Wednesday, defeating the Voltigeurs 5-2. Pepin notched a goal and was a plus-2 in the win. On Friday, the Foreurs faced off against Shawinigan and ultimately lost 6-5 in a high-scoring game. Val-d’Or finished its weekend with a 4-1 loss to Quebec on Saturday. Pepin registered an assist and three hits in the contest. He has 27 points (18 goals, nine assists) in 45 games split between Gatineau and Val-d’Or this season.
Conner Bleackley (Red Deer Rebels): The Red Deer Rebels hosted Saskatoon on Wednesday and defeated the Blades 6-4. On Friday, the Rebels beat the visiting Calgary Hitmen 3-2 before losing 4-2 to the Kootenay Ice the following night. Bleackley did not play in any of the three games this past weekend due to injury. He currently has 49 points (27 goals, 22 assists) in 50 games with Red Deer this season.
Mason Geertsen (Vancouver Giants): Vancouver hosted the Spokane Chiefs last Tuesday, losing a close 4-3 game. The Giants then faced the Victoria Royals in three consecutive games, being shutout 2-0 and 3-0 on Friday and Saturday night before coming away with a 4-1 victory on Sunday. Geertsen finished with one goal and a plus-1 rating in the win. He has 37 points (12 goals, 25 assists) and a plus-3 overall rating through 68 games this season.
Will Butcher (University of Denver): The University of Denver Pioneers hosted the University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs in back-to-back games at Magness Arena this past weekend in its first-round playoff series. The set was swept by DU, as it defeated the Bulldogs 4-3 on Friday and 4-0 on Saturday. Butcher recorded one shot and a plus-2 rating on Friday, before registering an assist and finishing with a plus-2 rating on Saturday. Butcher and his Pioneer teammates will travel to Minneapolis this weekend to take part in the NCHC Frozen Faceoff, playing against the University of Miami (Ohio) in the semifinal game.
Ben Storm (St. Cloud State University): St. Cloud State traveled to Nebraska this past weekend to face off against the University of Nebraska at Omaha in its first-round playoff series. The Huskies swept the best-of-three set, defeating the Mavericks 2-1 in overtime on Friday and 3-1 on Saturday. Storm tallied an assist and one shot on goal in Saturday’s victory. St. Cloud State will travel to Minneapolis this weekend to face top-ranked North Dakota in its NCHC Frozen Faceoff semifinal game.
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 4-2 on Thursday and 4-2 on Saturday in its opening-round playoff series. Skelleftea beat Brynas for a third consecutive time on Monday, coming away with a 3-2 overtime victory. Lindholm had seven assists and a plus-12 rating in 35 games during the regular season. He has a goal, an assist and a plaus-3 rating in three playoff contests.
Wilhelm Westlund (Vita Hasten, Allsvenskan): Vita Hasten suffered a 2-2 overtime loss to IF Bjorkloven on Wednesday before defeating BIK Karlskoga 5-3 on Friday night in its Champions League playoff series. On Monday, Vita Hasten was shutout 3-0 by Modo Hockey in the first game of its Swedish Hockey League play-in series. Westlund had 11 points (two goals, nine assists) in 40 regular season games.
Luke Walker (Graz 99ers, Eishockey Liga): The Graz 99ers season ended last week as the team failed to make a postseason appearance. Walker finished the season ranked second on the team in scoring with 31 points (19 goals, 12 assists) in 51 games played, including five power-play goals and two game-winning goals.
Jonas Holos (Lokomotiv Yaroslavl): Lokomotiv finished its regular season with a 32-19-9 record before losing its first-round playoff series 4-2 to Dynamo Msk. Holos finished the regular season with 19 points (10 goals, nine assists) in 60 games played, second among defensemen. He recorded one assist in six playoff contests.
Denis Parshin (Avangard Omsk): Avangard defeated Barys 3-1 last Tuesday to win its first-round playoff series 4-3. Avangard began its second round of games against AK Bars, winning 4-3 in double overtime on Friday before falling 4-0 the next night. AK Bars shutout Avangard 2-0 on Monday to take a 2-1 series lead. Parshin led his team in scoring during the regular season with 56 points (25 goals, 31 assists) in 60 games, and finished with an impressive plus-18 rating. He had one assist in three playoff contests before suffering an injury.