Monsters, Admirals Meet in Milwaukee
For the first time this season, the Lake Erie Monsters (6-3-0-0) will take on the Milwaukee Admirals (3-4-0-0) in Milwaukee tonight. The game marks the second of three in three nights for the Monsters, and second of seven consecutively on the road. The Monsters are coming off back-to-back shootout wins, while Milwaukee topped Charlotte at home in their last game on Halloween night. The Monsters are looking for their third straight win and second straight road win, while the Admirals have yet to win back-to-back games; Milwaukee has also lost two straight games twice this season.
LAST TIME OUT
The Monsters began their road trip with a 4-3 shootout win in Peoria last night. The Monsters struck first in the game, before allowing three unanswered goals to the Rivermen; two of which were shorthanded. Cameron Gaunce and Andrew Agozzino scored in the third period to equalize it for the Monsters at 3-3, before the Monsters won in the shootout portion 3-1 to earn the second point. Bryan Lerg, Mike Sgarbossa, and Mark Olver scored in the shootout, while Sami Aittokallio stopped 25 of 28 shots in the game and three of four Peoria shooters in the shootout.
WHO TO WATCH: MONSTERS
Bryan Lerg remains on a hot streak for the Monsters after opening the scoring last night in Peoria. The newly named captain of the Monsters scored a power play goal at 3:36 of the first period; his fifth goal in his last five games. His five goals on the season lead the Monsters. Tyson Barrie also picked up a pair of assists; his second multi-point game and second multi-assist game of the season.
WHO TO WATCH: ADMIRALS
Although he has scored just once on the season, Taylor Beck has seven points to lead Milwaukee through seven games this season. He has two multi-point games, and two multi-assist performances this season. With 16 goals and 40 points as a rookie last season, Beck finished third on the Admirals points chart. Beck is a 21-year old former third round draft choice of the Nashville Predators (# 70 overall, 2009 NHL Entry Draft).
First of all, the Monsters will look to keep offensive consistency and dictate the flow of the game as a result. The Monsters gained momentum with 15 shots on net in the third period- a period in which they scored twice- and should look to that offensive output as a springboard for the rest of the weekend. The penalty kill was stellar on the evening with a 6-6 performance. The Monsters penalty kill is solidifying itself as one of the top units in the league early in the season, and has now killed off 11-11 penalties over the last three games since 10/26/12.
All of tonight's action can be heard live on AM 1220 WHKW beginning at 8:00 PM Eastern, with Doug Plagens on the play-by-play. Fans can listen online at www.lakeeriemonsters.com, as well as watch and listen to the game at www.ahllive.com.