Monsters: AHL cancels rest of season

Monsters: AHL cancels rest of season

The American Hockey League Board of Governors have voted to cancel the rest of the 2019-20 season including the playoffs.

It has been a long time since the Cleveland Monsters took the ice and their return will now take a bit longer. The AHL Board of Governors voted to cancel the rest of the season and the Calder Cup Playoffs.

Cleveland did not have a great season, finishing in 8th place in the AHL North Division. The Monsters ended up with 55 points (24-31-5-2) with 159 goals scored and 192 goals allowed.

While the current Monsters roster was not necessarily the most talented, the fact so many players were called up to Columbus did not help matters. The Blue Jackets kept on needing to call up players from Cleveland due to injuries and that made things fairly difficult to overcome.

Cleveland’s point leader was AHL All-Star Adam Clendening with 41 points (7 goals, 34 assists) in 55 games played. The Monsters leading goal scorer was Stefan Matteau with 12 goals in 50 games.

Cleveland saw a variety of goalies this season. Veini Vehvilainen played the most games (33) and finished with a 2.76 GAA and .901 save percentage. Matiss Kivlenieks played the second-most games (20) with a GAA of 2.96 and slightly better save percentage than Vehvilainen (.904). Brad Theissen made eight appearances with a 3.15 GAA and a less than encouraging .881 save percentage. NHL sensation Elvis Merzlikins appeared in two games and Joonas Korpisalo played once bringing the Monsters goalie total to five this season.

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