Monsters Look To Make It Three Straight
12/22/2012 10:29 AM
In search of their third consecutive win, the Lake Erie Monsters (14-13-1-1) will meet the Houston Aeros (14-9-1-3) for the second time in as many games at 7:30 PM at Quicken Loans Arena. The two teams met Thursday night, with the Monsters seizing a 4-3 victory in the final moments of regulation. The Monsters have won each of their two games against the Aeros this season, and will see the Aeros four times in all during the '12-13 campaign. Tonight is the last chance during the regular season for fans at The Q to see the Monsters take on the Aeros, as the final meeting between the teams this season is scheduled for the Toyota Center in Houston. Since the start of last season, each game between the Monsters and Aeros has been decided by a single goal.
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Two goals from Andrew Agozzino, including his first game-winning tally as a professional with 1:04 remaining, lifted the Monsters over the Aeros on Thursday evening in Cleveland. David van der Gulik and Bill Thomas also added goals for the Monsters. With assists, Mike Sgarbossa and Tyson Barrie extended their point streaks to four and three games respectively. For the record, the longest Monsters point streak this season: Agozzino, five games, from October 14 to October 26. The Monsters never trailed Thursday evening.
WHO TO WATCH: MONSTERS
Agozzino, who with a point tonight would achieve his second five-game point streak this season, registered his fourth multi-point game of the season and first multi-goal game of his professional career on Thursday. He has managed to contribute on the scoresheet regardless of the stage of the game or the players he's paired with, and one stat in particular stands out, showing that good things happen when Agozzino is on the ice: he's a team-best plus-nine on the season, which ranks among the rookie leaders in the AHL.
WHO TO WATCH: AEROS
Nick Palmieri picked up a pair of assists for the Aeros on Thursday, and scored against the Monsters on November 9 in Houston. Palmieri is a power forward who leads Houston in points against the Monsters this season with three in two games. Not afraid to involve his 6'3", 220-pound frame in the physical side of the game, was originally a third-round draft choice of the New Jersey Devils in 2007. Palmieri has seen time in 87 NHL games with New Jersey and Minnesota, Houston's affiliate, since 2009-10; he has 25 NHL points in his career to date.
Tonight's action, live from Quicken Loans Arena, can be heard live on AM 1220 WHKW with Doug Plagens on the play-by-play.