Lake Erie Monsters
The Lake Erie Monsters entered last week at 10-7-1-1 before dropping two of three games over the weekend. The Monsters are now eighth in the Western Conference with 24 points (11-9-1-1).
On Saturday, the Monsters hosted the Rampage yet again, this time coming out on top 4-2. Four different Monsters scored in the game, with Patrick Bordeleau delivering the game-winner late in the third period. Aittokallio started in net for the second straight night, rejecting 26 of 28 shots.
The Monsters’ late-game comeback attempt wasn’t enough in Toronto on Sunday, as they fell 5-4 to the Marlies. Bordeleau extended his point streak to four games with one assist on the night. Pickard made 23 saves.
Michael Sgarbossa leads the club, and ranks second among AHL rookies, with 19 points (8g/11a) in 22 games. Bryan Lerg paces the Monsters with nine goals. Mark Olver, who has six points (2g/4a) in his last four games, leads the way in assists with 13. Aittokallio is 6-5-0 with a 2.79 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage, while Pickard is 5-5-0 with a 3.11 goals-against average and a .905 save percentage.
Thu, Dec. 6: @ Charlotte
Fri, Dec. 7: @ Charlotte
Tue, Dec. 11: @ Hamilton
The Denver Cutthroats finished their five-game homestand last week, going 2-1-0 for the week.
On Wednesday, the Cutthroats defeated the Bloomington Blaze, 5-1, with Jamie MacQueen and Luke Fulgham notching three-point nights. Kent Patterson stopped 32 of 33 shots.
The Cutthroats would fall to the Wichita Thunder on Friday by a final of 5-3. Kieran Millan received his first loss since Nov. 9 after stopping 27 shots.
Patterson recorded his first professional shutout on Saturday, when the Monsters took down the Thunder, 2-0. Patterson turned back all 29 shots he saw in the game.
Millan, who is now 5-4-1 on the year, is tied for second in the CHL in save percentage (.925%) and ranks third in goals-against average (2.42). Patterson is 5-4-0 with a 3.32 goals-against average and a .896 save percentage.
Colin Smith (Kamloops Blazers) is the WHL’s co-leading scorer with 55 points in 31 games. He shares the scoring lead with teammate JC Lipon. Smith leads the league in assists (34) and is tied for second in goals (21). Smith notched another multi-point game on Friday (1g/1a), bringing him to 15 on the season. The Blazers are in second place in the Western Conference with 45 points (21-7-1-2).
Troy Bourke (Prince George Cougars) returned to practice this week after missing seven games with an upper body injury. Bourke ranks fifth on the club with 12 points (3g/9a) after appearing in 18 games for Prince George. The Cougars are 9-14-1-3 (22 points).
Duncan Siemens (Saskatoon Blades) has notched eight points (1g/7a) in 25 games. The Blades are 13-13-0-1 (27 points).
Michael Clarke (Windsor Spitfires) ranks sixth on the team with 15 points (7g/8a) in 25 games. The Spitfires are 11-12-1-5 (28 points).
Garrett Meurs (Plymouth Whalers) recorded three points (2g/1a) in as many games last week, and is fourth on the team with 23 points (12g/11a) in 27 games. The Whalers are 14-8-3-2 (33 points).
Joseph Blandisi (Owen Sound Attack) is fifth on the club with 18 points (7g/11a) after posting three points (1g/2a) in three games over the weekend. The Attack is 21-5-1-2 (45 points).
Dillon Donnelly (Shawinigan Cataractes) has appeared in seven of the club’s 28 games, recording two points (2a). The Cataractes are 4-21-2-1 (11 points).
Nate Condon (University of Minnesota) is tied for fifth on the club with 11 points (3g/8a) in 15 games. The Gophers hosted Omaha on Friday and Saturday, splitting the weekend series with the Mavericks. The Gophers are No. 4 in the USCHO.com poll and No. 5 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll.
Luke Moffatt (University Of Michigan) has recorded six points (6a) in 14 games with the club. The Wolverines faced off in back-to-back matchups with Ferris State over the weekend, falling 5-0 on Friday and tying 3-3 on Saturday (the Wolverines earned a point by way of winning the shootout). The Wolverines are now 5-8-2.
Gus Young (Yale) has two points (2a) after nine games. On Saturday, the Bulldogs defeated Brown 4-3 in their only matchup last week. The Bulldogs are No. 15 in both the USCHO.com poll and the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll.
Denis Parshin (Salavat Yulaev Ufa) has appeared in 17 games since joining Salavat Yulaev. Parshin has posted 10 points (5g/5a) with the club, and 12 points (6g/6a) in 26 games.
Joachim Nermark (Linkoping HC) has notched one point (1a) after appearing in 28 of the club’s 29 games.
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