The Monsters are off to a 4-1-0 start thanks to back-to-back wins over the weekend, placing them in a tie for first place in the Western Conference with Chicago. The Monsters faced off against the Oklahoma City Barons for the third time this year on Saturday, Oct. 20, defeating them 5-3. Three third-period power-play goals helped the Monsters to the victory. Tyson Barrie
led the way with a goal and two assists, while 12 different players registered a point on the night. Sami Aittokallio
notched his second straight win with 27 saves.
The Monsters traveled to Texas to face the Stars on Sunday, Oct. 21, where they would come out with a 4-0 victory. Calvin Pickard recorded his second straight shutout for Lake Erie, stopping 25 shots. Michael Sgarbossa, Bill Thomas, Brad Malone and Bryan Lerg each chipped in with a goal on the night. Pickard has a shutout streak of 123:34, after not allowing a goal since the 16:26 mark of the third period on Oct. 13.
Thomas Pock leads the team with six points (2g/4a). Pickard is 2-1-0 with a 1.01 goals-against average and a league-best .969 save percentage. He also paces all AHL netminders with two shutouts. Sami Aittokallio is 2-0-0 with a 2.00 goals-against average and a .933 save percentage.
Tue, Oct. 23: @ Oklahoma City
Fri, Oct. 26: vs. Abbotsford
Sat, Oct. 27: vs. Abbotsford
The Denver Cutthroats opened their inaugural season on Friday, Oct. 19, when they beat the Missouri Mavericks 4-3 in overtime. Kent Patterson saved 29-of-32 shots for his first professional victory.
The Cutthroats would then fall to Missouri on Saturday, Oct. 20, by an 8-5 final. Kieran Millan started in net for the Cutthroats, stopping 23 of 29 shots before being pulled in favor of Patterson.
Fri, Oct. 26: @ Rapid City
Sat, Oct 27: vs. Rapid City
Fri, Nov 2: vs. Fort Worth
Colin Smith (Kamloops Blazers) was named the WHL Player of the Week for his performance last week. Smith recorded 10 points (3g/7a) to go with a +7 rating over four games in the week, helping the Blazers to a 4-0-0-0 record in that time span. Smith is second among WHL scorers with 28 points (9g/19a) through 13 games this season. The Blazers are off to a league-best 12-0-0-1 record (25 points).
Troy Bourke (Prince George Cougars) has appeared in all 12 games for the Cougars, recording eight points (2g/6a). The Cougars are currently in seventh place in the Western Conference with a 5-6-1-0 record.
Duncan Siemens (Saskatoon Blades) has scored two points (2a), appearing in all 14 games for the Blades. The Blades are currently 5-9-0-0.
Michael Clarke (Windsor Spitfires) has notched eight points (5g/3a), tying him for fourth on the team through 13 games. The Spitfires are 6-4-0-3 to lead the West Division.
Garrett Meurs (Plymouth Whalers) is tied for fourth on the club with nine points (5g/4a) through the first 11 games. The Whalers are third in the West Division with a 5-3-2-1 record.
Joseph Blandisi (Owen Sound Attack) ranks fifth on the team with seven points (3g/4a), playing in 10 of the club’s 11 games. The Attack is second in the Midwest Division, and the Western Conference, with an 8-2-0-1 record.
Dillon Donnelly (Shawinigan Cataractes) has earned two points (0g/2a) and 20 penalty minutes in seven games for the Cataractes (2-8-1-1).
Nate Condon (University of Minnesota) leads the team with five points (1g/4a) through the club’s first four games. The Gophers are 3-1-0 after splitting with Michigan Tech over the weekend. The Gophers hold the No. 2 ranking in both the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine and USCHO.com polls.
Luke Moffatt (University of Michigan) picked up an assist in the club’s win over Bentley on Friday, Oct. 19. Moffatt now has two points (2a) on the season. The Wolverines are 3-1-0 and rank sixth in both the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine and USCHO.com polls.
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 Saturday, Oct. 27, in Providence, Rhode Island.
Denis Parshin (Salavat Yulaev Ufa) has now appeared in five games since joining Salavat Yulaev. He has three points (2g/1a) for Salavat Yulaev and five points (3g/2a) combined with Salavat and CSKA Moscow.
Joachim Nermark (Linkoping HC) has one point (0g/1a) in 14 games for Linkoping HC.