The Lake Erie Monsters finished 1-2-0 last week but remain in fifth place in the Western Conference with 11 points (5-3-0). The Monsters traveled to Oklahoma City on Tuesday, Oct. 23, to take on the Oklahoma City Barons, where they suffered a 4-3 loss that snapped a three-game winning streak. Bryan Lerg
netted two goals in the contest, but that wasn’t enough to overcome the Barons’ four power-play goals. Calvin Pickard
rejected 34 of 38 shots that came his way.
The Monsters ended their four-game road trip and returned home for back-to-back matchups with the Abbotsford Heat over the weekend, splitting the two games. Lake Erie dropped the first on Friday, Oct. 26, by a 5-3 final. Luke Walker and rookies Paul Carey and Michael Sgarbossa each scored a goal and Sami Aittokallio stopped 18 shots.
The Monsters rebounded with a 4-3 shootout win on Saturday, Oct. 27. Brad Malone and Bryan Lerg each notched a goal for the Monsters but it was Sgarbossa who tied the game in the third period, and scored the game winner in the shootout. Pickard stopped 17 of 20 shots in regulation and overtime for the Monsters.
Michael Sgarbossa (3g/5a) and Thomas Pock (2g/6a) lead the team with eight points. Pickard is 3-2-0 with a 1.98 goals-against average and a .935 save percentage. He shares the league lead with two shutouts.
Thu, Nov. 1: @ Peoria
Fri, Nov. 2: @ Milwaukee
Sat, Nov. 3: @ Rockford
The Denver Cutthroats fell to 1-3-0 after dropping a pair of games against the Rapid City Rush. The Cutthroats lost 3-2 on Friday, Oct. 26. Luke Fulghum scored the only two goals for the Cutthroats and netminder Kieran Millan saved 25 of 28 shots, picking up the loss.
On Saturday, Oct. 27, the Cutthroats would fall by a final of 4-2. Kent Patterson took the loss in net, stopping 25 of 29 shots.
Fri, Nov. 2: vs. Fort Worth
Sat, Nov. 3: vs. Fort Worth
Wed, Nov. 7: @ Arizona
Colin Smith (Kamloops Blazers) has points in all 16 games, which includes an active streak of nine straight multi-point games (9g/17a). He currently ranks second in WHL scoring with 38 points (13g/25a), one point behind teammate J.C. Lipon. Smith's 25 assists lead the league. The Blazers are a league-best 15-0-0-1 (31 points). Smith was also named to the Team WHL roster for the 2012 Subway Super Series. They will compete against Team Russia Nov. 14-15 in B.C.
Troy Bourke (Prince George Cougars) is second on the club with 11 points (3g/8a) through 15 games. The Cougars are 7-7-1-0.
Duncan Siemens (Saskatoon Blades) has recorded two points (2a) in 14 games for the Blades (5-9-0-0). Siemens was named to Team WHL for the 2012 Subway Super Series, which will compete against Team Russia Nov. 14-15 in B.C.
Michael Clarke (Windsor Spitfires) is fourth on the team with 11 points (6g/5a) after 16 games. The Spitfires are 7-6-0-3.
Garrett Meurs (Plymouth Whalers) has notched four points in his last three games and is tied for the club lead with 13 points (8g/5a). The Whalers are currently 7-4-2-1.
Joseph Blandisi (Owen Sound Attack) is tied for fourth on the team with 11 points (5g/6a) after playing in 13 of the club’s 14 games. Blandisi has helped the Attack to a Western Conference best 10-2-0-2 record.
Dillon Donnelly (Shawinigan Cataractes) has appeared in seven of the club’s 14 games, notching two points (2a) and 20 PIM. The Cataractes are 2-10-1-1.
Nate Condon (University of Minnesota) is tied for the club lead with five points (1g/4a) in as many games. The Gophers (4-1-0) remain No. 2 in both the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine and USCHO.com polls after beating Canisius College over the weekend.
Luke Moffatt (University of Michigan) had an assist in the club’s 4-2 win over No. 3 Miami on Friday. The Wolverines would eventually split with Miami over the weekend, after falling 4-3 to the RedHawks on Saturday. Moffatt has three points (3a) on the season. The Wolverines are 3-2-0, holding the No. 7 ranking in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll and the No. 8 ranking in the USCHO.com poll.
Gus Young (Yale) opened his season in the Ivy Showcase on Friday when the Bulldogs tied with Dartmouth 2-2. The Bulldogs would then take down Princeton on Saturday, 3-2, to start the season 1-0-1.
Denis Parshin (Salavat Yulaev Ufa) has appeared in seven games since joining Salavat Yulaev. He has five points (3g/2a) for Salavat Yulaev and seven points (4g/3a) combined with Salavat and CSKA Moscow.
Joachim Nermark (Linkoping HC) has appeared in 16 of the club’s 17 games, tallying one point (0g/1a).