Monsters look to get back on track in Syracuse

The Cleveland Monsters are looking to get back into the win column after losing three consecutive games.

It has not been a good run as of late for the Monsters. has lost three straight games including back-to-back 5 losses, the most recent coming last night in Utica. During their three-game losing streak the Monsters have allowed five goals in each contest and have been outscored 15-6. There is a chance to get back on the right track Saturday night, as they take on the Syracuse Crunch, a team that they have defeated twice via shootout.

The Crunch also find themselves in the midst of a losing streak having lost two straight games to the Toronto Marlies. Syracuse was edged out in both contests losing by just one goal each time. Like Cleveland, Syracuse sits in the middle of the AHL North standings. The Monsters have 6 points in seven games while the Crunch have 5 points in six. Both teams have negative goal differentials, Cleveland -7 and Syracuse -2.

Felix Robert and Alex Barre-Boulet lead the Crunch in points with 10. Robert is Syracuse’s leading goal-scorer with six while Barre-Boulet’s eight assists is the team high. For comparison it is Emil Bemstrom leading Cleveland in points (10), goals (5) and assists (5).

It could be a real goal fest between the two teams as they are two of the higher scoring goals in the AHL this season. Syracuse’s 24 goals is tied for second while Cleveland’s 23 is tied for sixth.

Max Lagace is Syracuse’s primary goaltender, allowing 19 goals in five games. Lagace has a 0.892 save percentage 3.71 goals against average. Hugo Alnefelt has one start this season, allowing four goals and one additional via shootout.

Jet Greaves has started five of seven games for Cleveland this season allowing 22 goals in the process. It was Pavel Cajan who was in net for last night against Utica, allowing five goals in the loss.

Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 P.M. in Syracuse.
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