The Lake Erie Monsters began their home-and-home series with the Grand Rapids Griffins this past weekend with a 5-4 win on Friday night at Quicken Loans Arena.
Grand Rapids opened the scoring only 19 seconds into the game, giving the Griffins a 1-0 lead. Lake Erie forward Borna Rendulic scored a power-play goal less than four minutes later to tie the score 1-1, but the Griffins scored two more times before the end of the period to take a 3-1 advantage heading into the first intermission.
Defenseman Markus Lauridsen scored the only goal of the second period, coming with only one second remaining in the middle frame, to cut the Griffins lead to 3-2. Stefan Elliott and Michael Sgarbossa assisted on the power-play goal. Grand Rapids took a 4-2 lead 6:59 into the third period, but the Monsters were able to storm back with three third-period goals. Rendulic scored his second goal of the game and forward Kenny Ryan scored two goals of his own, including the go-ahead tally with only 2:01 remaining in the contest.
Monsters’ goalie Roman Will started the game but was relieved by Sami Aittokallio after giving up three goals on 10 shots in the first period. Aittokallio played the final two periods of the game, finishing with 14 saves on 15 shots.
On Saturday, Lake Erie traveled to Grand Rapids, Mich., to take on the Griffins for the second consecutive night. Grand Rapids defeated the Monsters 5-2 to split the home-and-home series.
Defenseman Maxim Noreau and forward Paul Carey both scored a goal for the Monsters, while Michael Schumacher, Joey Hishon and Elliott each tallied an assist.
Aittokallio started in net for the Monsters, finishing with 25 saves on 29 shots.
Lake Erie will return to Quicken Loans Arena on Friday to host the first game of a home-and-home series with the Hamilton Bulldogs. The Monsters will finish their weekend on Sunday as they travel to Toronto to take on the Marlies.
Nov. 28 vs. Hamilton
Nov. 29 at Hamilton
Nov. 30 at Toronto
Mitchell Heard (Fort Wayne Komets): The Fort Wayne Komets traveled to Toledo last Wednesday, losing 6-3 to the Walleye. Heard recorded one goal and four shots in the loss. He was recalled to Lake Erie two days later and played in the Monsters two games this past weekend against Grand Rapids.
Garrett Meurs (Fort Wayne Komets): Meurs appeared in all three games for the Komets last week. He had an assist in Fort Wayne's 3-1 over Kalamazoo on Friday and finished with a plus-1 rating during a 3-1 loss to Greenville on Saturday.
Chris Bigras (Owen Sound Attack): The Owen Sound Attack began its first of three road games this past weekend with a 3-2 overtime victory on Friday against the Kingston Frontenacs. Bigras scored the overtime-winning goal and also recorded an assist. Owen Sound traveled to Belleville on Saturday, defeating the Bulls 3-2. The Attack finished its three-in-three weekend in Oshawa, dropping a 3-2 decision to the Generals.
Nick Magyar (Kitchener Rangers): The Kitchener Rangers hosted the Windsor Spitfires on Friday, earning a 2-1 victory. On Sunday, the Rangers traveled to Guelph and suffered a 3-0 loss to the Storm. Magyar, Colorado’s fourth-round draft pick (93rd overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft, has eight points (six goals, two assists) in 18 games this season.
Spencer Martin (Mississauga Steelheads): Mississauga suffered a 7-2 loss to the Oshawa Generals last Wednesday. Martin made 27 saves on 31 shots before being relieved after the second period. The Steelheads traveled to London on Friday night, ultimately losing 6-3 to the Knights. Martin finished the game with 43 saves on 49 shots. Mississauga ended its weekend on a positive note, as it defeated Peterborough 5-1 on Sunday. Martin was stellar in net, making 40 saves on 41 shots.
Kyle Wood (North Bay Battalion): The North Bay Battalion hosted the first game of a home-and-home series with Sudbury on Thursday at North Bay Memorial Gardens. Wood finished with a plus-2 rating in the Battalion's 3-0 victory over the Wolves. North Bay then traveled to Sudbury the following night and picked up a 2-1 victory in a close contest with the Wolves.
Conner Bleackley (Red Deer Rebels): The Red Deer Rebels began their first of two home-and-home series this past week when they visited Medicine Hat last Tuesday. The Tigers defeated the Rebels 4-2, but Red Deer came away with a 4-2 victory of its own two days later to split the series with the Tigers. Bleackley finished the second game with one assist and a plus-1 rating. On Saturday, the Rebels hosted Calgary and shutout the Hitmen 4-0. Red Deer traveled to Calgary the following night and fell 6-2 to the Hitmen. Bleackley scored one goal and registered two shots in the loss.
Mason Geertsen (Vancouver Giants): The Vancouver Giants traveled to Prince George last Tuesday to take on the Cougars in back-to-back games. The Giants defeated Prince George 6-4 in the first game, but suffered a 6-1 loss the following night. Vancouver hosted Regina on Friday, giving up six more goals in a 6-2 loss to the Pats. Vancouver faced Prince George on Saturday for the third time in the same week, but the Giants lost 4-3 to the Cougars. Geertsen recorded an assist in the losing effort.
Julien Nantel (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies): Rouyn-Noranda picked up three wins in three games this past weekend, starting Friday night in Drummondville. The Huskies defeated the Voltigeurs 5-3, with Nantel recording an assist. On Saturday, Rouyn-Noranda beat Quebec 6-4. Nantel tallied two assists in the victory. The Huskies traveled to Victoriaville the following night, where they beat the Tigres 3-2. Nantel scored twice for the Huskies, which included his first short-handed goal of the season.
Alexis Pepin (Gatineau Olympiques): Gatineau traveled to Blainville-Boisbriand on Friday and defeated the Armada 2-1. Pepin recorded three shots in the win. The Olympiques hosted Acadie-Bathurst the following night, picking up a 4-1 victory against the Titan. Pepin finished the game with one goal and a plus-2 rating.
Will Butcher (University of Denver): The No. 10-ranked University of Denver hockey team hosted Air Force on Friday night, coming away with a commanding 7-0 victory over the Falcons. Butcher recorded three points (one goal, two assists) in the win, which included his first goal of the season. The Pioneers defeated Wisconsin 3-2 the following night. Butcher finished the game against the Badgers with a plus-2 rating. He was named the National Collegiate Hockey Conference Defensive Player of the Week on Monday.
Ben Storm (St. Cloud State University): St. Cloud State hosted the University of North Dakota in back-to-back games this past weekend. The Huskies defeated North Dakota 3-1 on Friday night. Storm recorded three shots in the victory. UND was able to split the two-game series as it defeated St. Cloud State 3-2 the following night. Storm did not play in the second game.
Maximilian Pajpach (Tappara U20, Ligga Jr. A): Tappara U20 suffered a 5-3 loss to SaiPa on Friday before dropping a 5-1 decision to Assat the following night. On Sunday, Tappara U20 hosted JYP, coming away with a 4-3 shootout victory. Goalie Maximilian Pajpach has yet to appear in a game for Tappara this season as he continues to recover from an offseason injury.
Anton Lindholm (Skelleftea AIK, SHL): Lindholm's Skelleftea team defeated Orebro 2-1 last Tuesday before playing Djurgarden two days later. Djurgarden came away with a 2-1 overtime victory. Skelleftea took on Modo on Saturday night, picking up a 4-1 win. Skelleftea is set to take on Linkoping on Dec. 2 in the Champions Hockey League quarterfinals.
Wilhelm Westlund (Djurgarden, SHL/Vita Hasten, Allsvenskan): Vita Hasten had two losses this past week. It fell 5-3 to AIK on Wednesday and 4-1 to Karlskrona HC on Friday. The club is scheduled to travel to BIK Karlskoga on Nov. 25. Westlund has one goal and four assists in 18 games this season.
Luke Walker (Graz 99ers, Eishockey Liga): Walker had an assist as the Graz 99ers defeated EC KAC 3-2 last Thursday. The 99ers finished the weekend with a 4-2 loss to HC Orli on Sunday night. Walker has 10 points (six goals, four assists) in 17 games for the Grazz 99ers this season.
Jonas Holos (Lokomotiv Yaroslavl): Lokomotiv traveled to Neftekhimik last Thursday, coming away with a 4-2 victory. On Saturday, Lokomotiv suffered a 4-2 loss to Lada. Holos finished with an assist in the losing effort. He now has eight points (three goals, five assists) in 30 games this season.
Denis Parshin (Avangard Omsk): Avangard beat Barys 2-1 in a shootout last Thursday before losing 4-2 to AK Bars on Saturday night. Parshin scored both of his team’s goals in the loss. Avangard hosted Metallurg Magnitogorsk on Monday, picking up a 4-0 shutout win. Parshin still leads the team in scoring with 31 points (14 goals, 17 assists) in 31 games this season.