The Lake Erie Monsters played three games in as many days over the Thanksgiving weekend, going 1-1-0-1. The Monsters remain fifth in the Western Conference with 22 points (10-7-1-1). On Friday, Lake Erie saw its winless streak continue to four games, as they fell to the Rockford IceHogs by a final of 4-2. Sami Aittokallio
rejected 33 of 36 shots for the Monsters.
On Saturday, the Monsters would fall to the IceHogs, 4-3, in a shootout. Michael Sgarbossa netted a pair of power-play goals late in the third period to guarantee the Monsters a point. Sgarbossa’s two-point game was his sixth multi-point effort of the season. The shootout loss was Lake Erie’s first of the season after starting 4-0 in tiebreakers. Calvin Pickard stopped 34 of 37 shots.
The Monsters got back on the winning track Sunday by defeating the Hamilton Bulldogs, 4-1. Lake Erie’s four unanswered goals to open the game was enough to carry them to the victory, as Aittokallio set a career high with 42 saves.
Sgarbossa leads the club with 17 points (8g/9a) in 19 games, second among AHL rookie scorers. Bryan Lerg is tied with Sgarbossa for the team-lead with eight goals, while Thomas Pock paces the club with 11 assists. Aittokallio is 5-4-0 with a 2.54 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage, while Pickard is 5-4-1 with a 2.92 goals-against average, .913 save percentage and two shutouts.
Fri, Nov. 30: vs. San Antonio
Sat, Dec. 1: vs. San Antonio
Sun, Dec 2: @ Toronto
The Denver Cutthroats faced off against the Rapid City Rush four times last week, taking three of four in the series for a 3-0-1 record on the week.
On Wednesday, the Cutthroats picked up their first road win by a final of 4-1. Kieran Millan stopped 31 of 32 shots fired his way.
The Cutthroats failed to pick up their second road win of the year on Friday, falling to the Rush 3-2 in a shootout. Millan made 37 saves in regulation and overtime.
On Saturday, the Cutthroats and Rush would enter another shootout with Denver prevailing, 4-3. Kent Patterson turned back 26 of 29 shots in regulation and overtime, while allowing just one goal in the shootout.
The Cutthroats and Rush saw their matchup end in a shootout for the third straight time on Sunday, with Denver pulling out the 2-1 victory. Millan allowed just one goal all night, stopping 33 of 34 shots in regulation and overtime, and rejecting all three he saw in the shootout.
Millan, the CHL’s Goalie of the Week for Nov. 12-18, is now 4-0-1 in his last five starts. In that time span, he has posted a 0.95 goals-against average and a .968 save percentage. He ranks second among league netminders in both goals-against average (2.12) and save percentage (.934).
Colin Smith (Kamloops Blazers) continues to lead the league with 33 assists, and is second to only teammate JC Lipon in goals (19) and points (52). After going scoreless on Wednesday, Smith netted one goal on Friday and two on Saturday. Saturday marked Smith’s 14th multi-point game of the season. He has at least one point in 24 of his 28 games, including 17 straight to open the season. The Blazers lead the Western Conference with 42 points (20-6-1-1).
Troy Bourke (Prince George Cougars) ranks fourth on the club with 12 points (3g/9a) in 18 games. The Cougars are 9-12-1-3 (22 points).
Duncan Siemens (Saskatoon Blades) has recorded seven points (1g/6a) after appearing in 22 games. The Blades are 11-12-0-1 (23 points).
Michael Clarke (Windsor Spitfires) has appeared in 25 games and is fifth on the team with 15 points (7g/8a). The Spitfires are 10-11-1-4 (25 points).
Garrett Meurs (Plymouth Whalers) is fourth on the club with 20 points (10g/10a) and has appeared in all 24 of the teams’ games. The Whalers are tied for the West Division lead with 28 points (12-8-3-1).
Joseph Blandisi (Owen Sound Attack) ranks fifth on the team with 15 points (6g/9a) in 25 games. The Attack is 18-5-1-2 (39 points).
Dillon Donnelly (Shawinigan Cataractes) has appeared in seven of the club’s 26 contests, recording two points (2a). The Cataractes are 4-19-2-1 (11 points).
Nate Condon (University of Minnesota) is tied for fourth on the club with 10 points (3g/7a) through 13 games. The Gophers faced off against Vermont on Friday and Saturday, winning both matchups in Burlington, VT. The Gophers (9-2-2) moved up to No. 3 in both the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine and USCHO.com polls after the weekend sweep.
Luke Moffatt (University of Michigan) has recorded four points (4a) in 12 games for the club. The Wolverines beat Bowling Green on Wednesday and fell to Cornell on Saturday, bringing them to 5-7-1.
Gus Young (Yale) has one point (1a) through eight games. The Bulldogs picked up two overtime wins in Colorado over the weekend, beating Denver on Friday and Colorado College on Saturday. The Bulldogs (5-2-1) are now No. 13 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll and No. 15 in the USCHO.com poll after the two wins.
Denis Parshin (Salavat Yulaev Ufa) has appeared in 14 games since joining Salavat Yulaev. Parshin has notched 10 points (5g/5a) with the club, bringing his total to 12 points (6g/6a) on the year.
Joachim Nermark (Linkoping HC) has posted one point (1a) after appearing in 25 of the club’s 26 games.