The Lake Erie Monsters traveled to Rockford, Ill., last Tuesday to take on the IceHogs for the second of eight meeting this season. The Monsters scored a season-high four power-play goals in the game, but they ultimately fell 5-4 in overtime to the IceHogs.
Defenseman Stefan Elliott and forward Colin Smith both scored in the opening period to give Lake Erie a 2-0 advantage heading into the first intermission. Rockford defenseman Ville Pokka scored a power-play goal five minutes into the middle frame to cut the Monsters' lead in half, but Elliott and Smith each tallied another goal in the second period to give the Monsters a 4-1 lead.
The IceHogs scored three goals in the final period to force overtime. Peter Regin tied the game for Rockford with two minutes left in regulation and then tallied the winning goal in overtime after the game had moved to a three-on-three situation per the American Hockey League’s new OT structure.
Calvin Pickard (3-2-2) made a season-high 41 saves on 46 shots, but it wasn’t enough to help the team earn a victory.
Lake Erie traveled back home to host the American Hockey League-leading Utica Comets on Friday night at Quicken Loans Arena. The Comets showed why they’re one of the best teams in the league, as they ended the Monsters three-game point streak (2-0-1-0) with a 4-1 victory.
Utica took a 3-0 lead after two periods of play before Lake Erie forward Borna Rendulic scored his second goal of the season three minutes into the third period. The unassisted goal would be all the scoring in the game for the Monsters, as Utica forward Darren Archibald added an empty-net tally for the Comets with less than two minutes remaining in the game.
Pickard finished the game with 31 saves on 34 shots in what was his 100th appearance in net for the Monsters.
Lake Erie will travel to Grand Rapids on Wednesday to face the Griffins for the fourth time this season. The Monsters return home this weekend to host Adirondack in back-to-back games with the Flames.
Nov. 12 at Grand Rapids
Nov. 14 vs. Adirondack
Nov. 15 vs. Adirondack
Mitchell Heard (Fort Wayne Komets): The Fort Wayne Komets (8-1-0) remain in first place in the ECHL’s North Division and Eastern Conference after back-to-back wins against the Reading Royals this past weekend. On Friday, they defeated the Royals 4-3 with Heard finishing with a goal, an assist and a plus-1 rating. The Komets earned a 7-6 victory the following night in a high-scoring game in Reading, Penn. Heard led the offense for the Komets, finishing with two goals, two assists and a plus-3 rating. He was named the ECHL player of the week on Tuesday. Heard, Colorado’s second-round pick (41st overall) in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, currently leads the Komets in scoring with 13 points (eight goals, five assists) in eight games and is tied for third in the league in overall scoring.
Sami Aittokallio (Fort Wayne Komets): Aittokallio made 15 saves in Fort Wayne's 7-6 victory over Reading on Saturday night.
Chris Bigras (Owen Sound Attack): The Owen Sound Attack began its first of three games this past week with a 4-2 loss to the Windsor Spitfires on Thursday night. Bigras had one assist in the losing effort. Owen Sound traveled to Plymouth on Friday where it was able to earn a point in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Whalers. The Attack finished the weekend on a positive note, as it defeated Windsor 3-0 on Saturday in its rematch with the Spitfires. Bigras finished the game with one goal, one assist and a plus-1 rating, earning second star of the game honors.
Nick Magyar (Kitchener Rangers): The Kitchener Rangers hosted Peterborough on Friday night in a high-scoring contest with the Petes. The Rangers came away with an 8-2 victory with Magyar contributing one goal in the win. Kitchener traveled to Plymouth the following night, ultimately losing 4-3 in overtime. Magyar tallied a goal for the second consecutive night and finished the game with a plus-2 rating. The Rangers closed out their weekend with another overtime loss, dropping a 5-4 decision to the Saginaw Spirit. Despite losing two out of three games this past weekend, Kitchener earned four out of a possible six points and sits in third place in the Ontario Hockey League’s Midwest Division.
Spencer Martin (Mississauga Steelheads): Martin made 52 saves on 57 shots against Belleville on Wednesday night, but it wasn’t enough as the Bulls defeated the Steelheads 5-1. Mississauga hosted Niagara on Friday night, ultimately losing 3-0 to the IceDogs. Martin made 26 saves on 29 shots in the losing effort.
Kyle Wood (North Bay Battalion): The North Bay Battalion traveled to Peterborough on Thursday night, dropping a close 2-1 game to the Petes. Wood earned an assist on the Battalion’s only goal of the game and finished with a plus-1 rating. The Battalion traveled to Kingston the following night, earning a 4-1 victory. North Bay was scheduled to play against the 67’s in Ottawa on Sunday afternoon, but that game was postponed because of an ice-making problem at the arena.
Conner Bleackley (Red Deer Rebels): The Red Deer Rebels played four road games in four different cities this past week. The Rebels traveled to Seattle last Tuesday, dropping a 3-2 decision to the Thunderbirds in a shootout. Red Deer played Everett the following night, losing 6-3 to the Silvertips. Bleackley scored two goals and finished with a plus-1 rating. On Friday, the Rebels traveled to Portland to take on last season's WHL runner-up. Red Deer defeated the Winterhawks 5-4, with Bleackley contributing one goal in the victory. The Rebels finished their long weekend with a 3-2 overtime loss to Tri-City on Sunday. On Monday night, Bleackley was a member of Team WHL in the first game of CHL Subway Super Series against Russia. Team WHL lost 3-2 in a shootout in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The second game against the Russians, and the last contest for the WHL in the series, is tonight in Brandon, Manitoba. Team Russia will also play two games each against the best from the OHL and the QMJHL.
Mason Geertsen (Vancouver Giants): The Vancouver Giants hosted Everett on Friday night, dropping a 5-1 decision to the Silvertips. Geertsen assisted on the only goal of the game for the Giants. Vancouver traveled to Kelowna the following night, losing 5-0 to the Rockets.
Julien Nantel (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies): Rouyn-Noranda hosted Val-d’Or on Wednesday night, dropping a close 5-4 game in overtime. Nantel recorded three shots in the loss. The Huskies traveled on Friday to Blainville-Boisbraind, ultimately losing 4-1 to the Armada. Rouyn-Noranda lost its fourth consecutive game on Saturday night, as Sherbrooke defeated the Huskies 7-5. Nantel picked up a goal and two assists, and finished the game with a plus-3 rating.
Alexis Pepin (Gatineau Olympiques): Gatineau lost both of its home games this past weekend, losing 4-1 to Charlottetown on Friday night and dropping a 4-2 contest on Sunday against Baie-Comeau. Pepin was held scoreless against Charlottetown, and he did not dress for the game on Sunday. He currently has four goals and three assists for seven points in nine games this season.
Will Butcher (University of Denver): The University of Denver hockey team hosted back-to-back games against Western Michigan this past weekend at Magness Arena. On Friday, the Pioneers erased a three-goal deficit and were able to complete the comeback with a 5-4 win over the Broncos. Butcher contributed an assist in the victory. Western Michigan defeated Denver 6-3 the following night to split the weekend series.
Ben Storm (St. Cloud State University): St. Cloud State hosted the University of Minnesota Duluth in a two-game series this past weekend at Herb Brooks National Hockey Center in St. Cloud, Minn. Storm did not play in his team’s 3-2 loss to the Bulldogs on Friday, but he was back in the lineup the following night. St. Cloud State on Saturday dropped its second consecutive game to UMD, falling 3-1.
Maximilian Pajpach (Tappara U20, Ligga Jr. A): Tappara U20 did not have any games this past weekend, but it has three games coming up this week. On Wednesday, Tappara will play HIFK before facing Sport and Karpat on Friday and Saturday night. Pajpach is still recovering from an injury and has yet to see any game action for Tappara U20 this season.
Anton Lindholm (Skelleftea AIK, SHL): Skelleftea lost 5-4 to JYP Jyvaskyla last Tuesday in its first playoff game in the Champions Hockey League. The second game between Skelleftea and JYP is today. Lindholm has one goal and four penalty minutes in five CHL games. Skelleftea is set to host the Vaxjo Lakers on Thursday and Lingkoping HC on Saturday this week in Swedish Hockey League action. Lindholm has one assist and four penalty minutes in 10 SHL games.
Wilhelm Westlund (Djurgarden, SHL/Vita Hasten, Allsvenskan): Vita Hasten defeated Timra IK 6-3 last Tuesday, with Westlund earning one assist in the victory. Westlund has one goal and four assists in 15 games for Vita Hasten this season.
Luke Walker (Graz 99ers, Eishockey Liga): The Graz 99ers did not have any games this past weekend, but they are set to travel for two away games this upcoming week. The 99ers will face EHC Liwest Linz on Friday night before taking on Fehervar AV19 on Sunday. Luke Walker has eight points (five goals, three assists) in 13 games this season.
Jonas Holos (Lokomotiv Yaroslavl): Lokomotiv defeated Avtomobilist 3-2 last Tuesday. Holos finished the game with a plus-2 rating. Lokomotiv earned another victory on Thursday, this time defeating Traktor 4-3 in overtime. Holos tallied one assist in the win and finished with a plus-2 rating. He now has seven points (three goals, four assists) in 25 games this season.
Denis Parshin (Avangard Omsk): Parshin was held off the scoresheet in a 5-4 overtime loss to Dynamo MSK on Thursday night. However, he still leads the team in scoring with 29 points (12 goals, 17 assists) in 26 games this season.