The beloved Monsters [10-8-4] head up to Grand Rapids [11-9-2] tonight after chilling in Chicago for the past couple days following a fantastic OT win in Rockford.
- If you've always wanted to go to a Monsters game, this is your grand opportunity. Our own cathyannhenry has a posh suite at Quicken Loans Arena set up for March 21st vs these same Grand Rapids Griffins. You can go and hang out FOR FREE! Check out the deets here. Do it!
- Hometown paper take on Mike Sgarbossa's first NHL point last week.
- Apparently the first star gets you a turn in this stylin' jacket
...also seems that plus 2 goals in a game gets you another shot in the NHL. Well done Paul!
Week 9 Recap
Last week's schedule was tough but Lake Erie was equal to the task. 3 games, 3 wins against Chicago and Rockford.
Sunday afternoon's contest at Rockford started out inauspiciously with 2 goals against early but the Monsters woke up and Paul Carey scored 2 to answer and the 1st ended tied. In the 3rd, Rockford got one past Picks that he should have had, but Max Noreau tied it right back and we headed to OT. Once we got to 3v3 time, Coach Dean put out Rendulic, Hishon and Elliott and Hish scored a beauty to win the game. Fantastic win for LEM, 4th in a row and 6th in 8 games.
Grand Rapids Preview
The Monsters and Griffs are tied for 9th in the Western Conference, 1 point in back of Hamilton with 2 games in hand. Tonight's winner goes back into playoff position, one point behind recently struggling Milwaukee. Both teams are coming in on good streaks, something's got to give.
Sami Aittokallio is the expected starter in net for LEM and he's fared well against GRG this year with a 2-1 record. Karl Stollery, Paul Carey and Borna Rendulic remain with the Avs so they won't be available, with the Avs injury woes it's unlikely we see them soon unless they continue their callup rotation.
Stefan Elliott now leads the Monsters in points with 16 in 22 games, Colin Smith has 15 and Michael Schumacher has 14. Smitty, Carey, Hish and Ryan lead the team with 6 goals each.
Monsters at Grand Rapids tonight 7:00pm in the ET, radio on WHK1420
Weekend series at home vs Rockford on Fri/Sat
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Stop by tonight for all the thrilling action from the AHL and support your Lake Erie Monsters!