Monsters Host Wolves Friday Night

MATCHUP
Beginning a weekend back-to-back set to end the regular season, the Lake Erie Monsters will hit the ice against the Chicago Wolves tonight at 7:30 PM at Quicken Loans Arena. The Monsters are winners of a season-best five straight games, and are coming off a 3-2 home win over Hamilton on Saturday. Chicago is coming off a 3-2 loss in Milwaukee on Tuesday, and is battling for a playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Monsters are 0-3-0-0 against Chicago this season, with Chicago winning the last matchup between the two teams by a 5-2 score on March 29 in Chicago. Since winning that game, the Wolves have alternated wins and losses over their last 10 games, to the tune of a 5-5-0-0 record in the last 10 games.

LAST TIME OUT
The Monsters shot out to a 3-0 lead and held off a late flurry from the Bulldogs that included two unanswered goals and 11 third period shots. Calvin Pickard picked up the win in net, stopping all 11 shots he saw in the third period. Pickard has won his last three starts in net. Thomas Vincour picked up a goal and an assist, giving him nine points in four games as a Monster, while Paul Carey also notched a goal and a helper giving him a five-game point streak. Karl Stollery also had a multiple-point game, picking up two assists. Jamie MacQueen tallied a goal for the Monsters in the win.

WHO TO WATCH: MONSTERS
Vincour has been a game-changer since he first put on a Monsters uniform. The 6’3” forward has contributed at even strength, on the power play, and the penalty kill, and is plus-three with four goals and five assists in his first four games with the team. There’s no question that Vincour has been a big reason for the Monsters current string of victories.

WHO TO WATCH: WOLVES
Brett Sterling has five goals in two games this season against the Monsters, and had four goals in four games against the Monsters last season as a member of the Peoria Rivermen. In the last meeting between the Monsters and Wolves, Sterling notched a hat trick. Sterling leads the Wolves with 24 goals in 45 games this season, while also moving along at a point-per-game clip, with 45 points overall.

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