Lake Erie Monsters
Spotlight On: Condon, Patterson, Carey
Nathan Condon tallied an assist in Minnesota’s opening round game of the NCAA tournament. The Gophers went on to win the game 7-3 over Boston University. With the victory, Minnesota earned a rematch from a week prior against the University of North Dakota. Condon played a big part in the 5-2 victory over the Sioux, finishing with two points (1g/1a) and a +2 rating. The Gophers now match up against Boston College in the Frozen Four in Tampa.
Kent Patterson (University of Minnesota) played solid in net for the Gophers on back-to-back nights to open the NCAA tournament. Patterson turned aside a combined 55-of-60 shots (.917) in Minnesota’s two victories over Boston University and the University of North Dakota, respectively. The Gophers will make their 20th appearance in the Frozen Four when they face Boston College on April 5th.
Paul Carey (Boston College) came out firing against Air Force, registering nine shots-on-goal but came up empty on the score sheet in the Eagles’ 2-0 first-round victory. Carey continued to fire the puck the next night with four shots and tallied an assist as Boston College rolled to a 4-0 win over Minnesota-Duluth to earn their spot in the Frozen Four. The Eagles will match up against the University of Minnesota.
Last three: 0-1-0-2
Overall: 32-27-3-6 … 73 Points … 10th in Western Conference
A brief look into the Monsters’ last three games:March 21 – 2-1 SOL at Toronto
In a rare Wednesday afternoon game, the Monsters played to a one-goal decision for the 10th consecutive game. However, they ended up on the losing end against the Toronto Marlies in a game ultimately decided by a shootout. David van der Gulik
scored the lone tally for the Monsters, his ninth of the season, and Cedrick Desjardins
stopped 24-of-25 shots.March 22 – 3-2 Loss vs. Chicago
Lake Erie’s comeback effort versus the visiting Chicago Wolves ended up being too little, too late as the Monsters’ suffered a 3-2 loss, pushing them further out of the playoff picture in the Western Conference.
The Monsters penalty-kill unit surrendered goals on 2-of-3 attempts. Greg Mauldin
tallied his 15th goal of the season just 34 seconds after the Wolves struck for the first goal of the game. With less than four seconds remaining, Patrick Rissmiller
scored on a rebound for his 12th goal of the season.March 24 – 1-0 SOL vs. Toronto
The Monsters played host to Toronto, seeking revenge from a shootout loss just three days prior. Unfortunately, Lake Erie ended up on the same side of the score sheet losing 1-0 in a shootout.
Goaltender Cedrick Desjardins
stopped all 29 shots through 65 minutes, but allowed two goals in the shootout that ultimately led to the Monsters loss. Up next
3/27 vs. Texas
3/29 at Houston
3/31 at TexasNCAALuke Moffatt
(University of Michigan) notched an assist in the Wolverines’ opening-round game of the NCAA tournament. Michigan made an early exit from the tournament after losing to Cornell 3-2 in overtime, a game in which Michigan went 0-for-7 on the power play. Kieran Millan
(Boston University) stopped 35-of-40 shots for the Terriers in an opening-round loss to the University of Minnesota, 7-3. Millan finishes his career at Boston with a program-record 81 victories.WHLTroy Rutkowski
(Portland Winterhawks) scored a power-play goal to break a scoreless tie midway through the second period in an eventual 4-0 victory over the Kelowna Rockets in Game 2. The Winterhawks lead the series, 3-0.Calvin Pickard
(Seattle Thunderbirds) has joined the Lake Erie Monsters for the remainder of their season. Pickard, who was selected in the second round (49th overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, played 64 games this past season with a record of 27-35-1-1 with five shutouts. Pickard set several WHL records this past season for minutes played (14,025) and saves (7,727).Duncan Siemens
(Saskatoon Blades) had two points (1g/1a) and 10 penalty minutes in a 4-0 series loss to the Medicine Hat Tigers. OHLGarrett Meurs
(Plymouth Whalers) has yet to appear in Plymouth's playoff series against Guelph, due to injury. The Whalers trail the Guelph Storm 2-1 in the series. Michael Sgarbossa
(Sudbury Wolves) earned three points (2g/1a) in a 4-0 series loss to Brampton.Stephen Silas
(Belleville Bulls) has a +4 rating in a 2-2 series tie against the Ottawa 67’s. QMJHLGabriel Beaupre
(Val-d’Or Foreurs) went scoreless in a 4-0 series defeat to Rimouski. Dillon Donnelly
(Shawinigan Cataractes) has yet to appear in the postseason. The Cataractes swept Rouyn-Noranda.