The beloved Monsters [20-21-4] take on Panthers affiliate San Antonio Rampage [17-21-8] for a 2-game set at the Q this weekend. First meetings of the year for these 2 teams with the season series concluding during the Monsters wild west road trip in April.
Wednesday night LEM took on the hated Griffins in Grand Rapids presented by Amway and cleaned their fucking clocks. Our boy Duncan Siemens scored his first goal and point for the Monsters, Gabe Beaupre, Garrett Meurs and Colin Smith lit the lamp, Aggz had 3 assists and Sami stopped all 19 shots the Griffs managed to put his way en route to a 4-0 shutout win. Recap here.
On the injury front, J.T. Wyman returned to the lineup against GR. Joey Hishon missed the game due to LBI, Matt Hunwick and Michael Schumacher were out with UBI, and Desjardins and Lauridsen continued their stints on the injured list. Desjardins is still a while off from skating with a foot/ankle issue, no word on any of the other guys.
The long awaited video of Tip-a-Monster night has made it to YouTube, our own cathyannhenry makes an appearance 25 seconds in.
Monsters #TipAMonster 2014 Recap (via monstershockeyAHL)
Also from our friends at lakeeriemonsters.com, here's a cool infographic on Paul Carey.
Doug Plagens has a nice article on Karl Stollery and the road to his NHL debut for AHL.com this week. Check it out, Randy Ladouceur makes an appearance in an exceedingly rare Asst Coach interview.
Dennis Manoloff from the Plain Dealer continues his excellent Off The Ice series this week with rookie center Colin Smith.
In this week's Getting To Know... feature from the LEM crew, meet Mats Sundin fan Andrew Agozzino and stealthy prankster Karl Stollery.
The Monsters fall a spot to 29th somehow in this week's AHL Power Rankings from the Hockey Writers. Boo!
Vincent Arseneau has drawn the ire of the CHL disciplinary staff while down with the Cutthroats:
CHL Suspends Vincent Arseneau Two Games for Boarding http://t.co/qNWCJWwSom— hockeyfights (@hockeyfights) February 6, 2014
Monsters vs Rampage Friday 7:30pm, radio on WKNR
Monsters vs Rampage Saturday 7:00pm, radio on WKNR
AHL Standings - Monsters now 3rd North, 11th in WC
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Since we're playing San Antonio, PGT is going with one of the best, if not the best songs of all time, Folsom Prison Blues. Two covers here, we'll save the original for the trip out west.
Friday - Everlast's version
Saturday - Social D's version live
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I'll be here tonight and tomorrow for the games, updating and tweeting, the Avs are off tonight, come join all the fun!
Doug Plagens and JT Wyman shooting a promo this week: