The Lake Erie Monsters made their regular season debut on Friday, Oct. 12 when they defeated the Oklahoma City Barons by a score of 2-1. Sami Aittokallio
picked up his first career win in his AHL debut, stopping 29-of-30 shots. Bill Thomas
opened the scoring and Andrew Agozzino scored his first career AHL goal (and game-winning goal) in the victory.
After winning the opener, the Monsters fell victim to the Barons on Saturday, Oct. 13 in a 3-2 loss. Calvin Pickard made his debut stopping 29-of-32 shots in the defeat. After the Barons jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, Tyson Barrie cut the deficit in half with a power-play goal in the second period and Paul Carey tied the game on his first career AHL goal after following up on a shot from Mitchell Heard to tie the game at two. However, Barons defenseman Justin Schultz would score the eventual game winner with 3:34 left in regulation.
After splitting their first two matchups with the Barons, the Monsters traveled to Toronto where they rebounded with a 4-0 victory over the Marlies. It was a night of firsts for rookie netminder Calvin Pickard, who stopped all 40 shots for his first career AHL victory and shutout. Geoff Walker, Tyson Barrie, Thomas Pock and Luke Walker scored for the Monsters. Thomas Pock led the Monsters with three points (1g/2a), while Paul Carey and Michael Sgarbossa added two assists apiece. Tyson Barrie’s goal was his second in as many games and Paul Carey’s two assists gave him three points (1g/2a) in his last two contests.
The Lake Erie Monsters are currently 2-1-0-0 and tied for first in the North Division. Thomas Pock leads the team with four points (1g/3a). Calvin Pickard is 1-1-0 (119 MIN, 69 SV) with a 1.51 goals-against average and .958 save percentage and Sami Aittokallio is 1-0-0 (60 MIN, 29 SVS) with a 1.00 GAA and .967 SV%.
Sat, Oct. 20: @ Oklahoma City
Sun, Oct. 21: @ Texas
Tue, Oct. 23: @ Oklahoma City
The Denver Cutthroats opened their preseason with a pair of games against the Rapid City Rush on October 12 and 13. The Cutthroats dropped the first of two games in 3-2 shootout loss. Avalanche goaltending prospect Kent Patterson stopped 28-of-30 shots through 65 minutes in his Cutthroats debut. Fellow Avs prospect Kieran Millan made his debut in the second game, stopping 15-of-18 shots in a 3-1 defeat.
Patterson and Millan split duties in the final preseason contest on October 14 against the Tulsa Oilers. The game, a 4-3 loss, was held in Dodge City, Kansas. Patterson started the game and finished with 18 saves while Millan entered midway through the second period in relief and turned aside 16 shots.
The Cutthroats finished preseason action with an 0-2-1 record.
The Cutthroats begin their inaugural season on October 19 and 20 against the visiting Missouri Mavericks.
Colin Smith (Kamloops Blazers) is currently second on the WHL scoring chart with 18 points (6g/12a) through nine games. Of his 18 points, Smith has earned seven (3g/4a) in his last three games. The Blazers sit atop the Western Conference with an 8-0-0-1 record on the season.
Troy Bourke (Prince George Cougars) has appeared in all nine games for the Cougars, recording seven points (2g/5a). The Cougars are currently in sixth place in the Western Conference (5-3-1-0).
Duncan Siemens (Saskatoon Blades) has two points (0g/2a) and has appeared in all 11 games for the Blades. Saskatoon is currently 4-7-0-0 on the season.
Michael Clarke (Windsor Spitfires) shares the team lead in goals (5) and is tied for third overall on the Spitfires with seven points (5g/2a) through 10 games. Clarke’s contributions have helped the Spitfires to a 4-3-0-3 record thus far, which has them in third place in the West Division.
Garrett Meurs (Plymouth Whalers) is tied for fourth on the club with six points (3g/3a) in eight games. The Whalers are fifth in the West Division with a 2-3-2-1 record.
Joseph Blandisi (Owen Sound Attack) has appeared in eight games and ranks fourth on the team with seven points (3g/4a). The Attack is currently sitting atop the OHL with a 7-1-0-1 record.
Dillon Donnelly (Shawinigan Cataractes) has earned two points (0g/2a) and 20 penalty minutes in seven games for the Cataractes (2-6-0-1).
Denis Parshin (Salavat Yulaev Ufa) has appeared in two games for Salavat after starting the season with CSKA Moscow. Salavat is eighth in the East (4-2-2-4).
Joachim Nermark (Linkoping HC) has one point (0g/1a) in 11 games for Linkoping HC.
Nate Condon (University of Minnesota) earned an assist in a season-opening 5-1 victory over the then-No. 16 Michigan State Spartans on October 12. Condon earned another assist in the Gophers’ 7-1 win against the Spartans on October 13. The University of Minnesota earned the No. 1 ranking in both the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine and USCHO.com polls after the sweep.
Luke Moffatt (University of Michigan) opened the season with a 5-4 overtime loss on October 11 against the Rochester Institute of Technology. The Wolverines bounced back on Friday, Oct. 12 to defeat RIT, 7-2. Moffatt recorded one point (0g/1a) in the win.
Gus Young (Yale) will begin regular season play on Friday, Oct. 26 when the Bulldogs face Dartmouth in the Ivy Showcase at Brown University. Yale will face either Princeton or Brown in the Ivy Shootout on Oct. 27 in Providence, Rhode Island.