Texas Road Trip Ends with Houston

MATCHUP
The Lake Erie Monsters (19-16-2-1) and Houston Aeros (18-12-3-3) hit the ice tonight at 8:00 PM Eastern in Houston, and the Monsters will try to sweep the four-game season series with the Aeros. After splitting two games in San Antonio, the Monsters are 11-6-0-0 against South Division opponents this season. The Aeros are coming off a 4-1 road loss to the Texas Stars last night, so both teams are coming off losses and late-night travel to Houston. The Monsters are 3-2-0-0 in the new year, while Houston is 1-2-1-0 over their last four games.

LAST TIME OUT
The Monsters fell 4-2 in San Antonio last night, snapping Calvin Pickards personal four-game win streak in net. Pickard stopped 38 of 42 Rampage shots, while Dean Strong picked up a goal and an assist to lead the Monsters offensive attack. Matt Tassone scored his first American Hockey League goal in his second game with the Monsters since signing a professional tryout contract. Mike Connolly picked up an assist, giving him three assists over his last two games. Thomas Pock and Cameron Gaunce also collected assists. With the loss in San Antonio, the Monsters conclude the four-game season series against the Rampage with a 2-2-0-0 record.

WHO TO WATCH: MONSTERS
Dean Strong has three points over his last two games, and is making good things happen by positioning himself in front of the net. Last night, he scored the Monsters first goal for the second straight game, and with his two points last night, he has three points over his last two games.

WHO TO WATCH: AEROS
Jason Zucker is among the highest-scoring rookies in the American Hockey League with 32 points in 32 games. Justin Fontaine is second on the Aeros in points, 10 behind Zucker. He also paces the Aeros in points to this point. Since the last time the Monsters and Aeros met, Zucker has 10 points in 10 games.

TUNE IN
All of tonight's action, beginning at 8:00 PM Eastern, can be heard live on ESPN 850 WKNR with Doug Plagens on the play-by-play.


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