Monsters Set to Take On Peoria

MATCHUP
For the first time this season, the Lake Erie Monsters (26-23-2-7) will host the Peoria Rivermen (24-2-4-3) in the first of back-to-back games between the two teams, who play again on Thursday; both games at Quicken Loans Arena start at 7:00 PM. The Monsters are coming off a pair of defeats against Hamilton and Rochester on Saturday and Sunday, and will look to rebound and vault back into the top-eight teams in the Western Conference playoff picture. Peoria is coming off a 4-1 home win over Grand Rapids on Saturday. The two teams have met once this season, with the Monsters escaping Carver Arena with a 4-3 shootout win over the Rivermen on November 1.

LAST TIME OUT
Four unanswered goals in the second and third periods carried the Rochester Americans to a 4-2 win over the Monsters on Sunday. Luke Walker factored into each of the Monsters goals in the final frame- with a goal and an assist- but the comeback fell short. Andrew Agozzino scored his 14th goal of the season, which gives him 39 points, and sole possession of the team’s lead in scoring. Sami Aittokallio took the loss in net, stopping 22 of 26 shots in his first action since January 26.

WHO TO WATCH: MONSTERS
Walker forced a turnover and found Agozzino open next to the net to get the Monsters on the board on Sunday, and his picture-perfect rush up the right side, finished off by a short-side, top-shelf wrister to beat David Leggio gave the Monsters some offensive punch to build on moving into the two games against Peoria. The multi-point effort was Walker’s third two-point game of the season.

WHO TO WATCH: RIVERMEN
Evgeni Grachev is a 6’4”, 224-pound forward and former third rounder of the New York Rangers who has two goals and four points over his last four games. His combination of size and stickhandling will make him a focal point of the Monsters defense.

TUNE IN
All of tonight’s action can be heard live, beginning at 7:00 PM, on AM 1220 WHKW with Doug Plagens on the play-by-play.


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