Blue Jackets Minor League Report: Cleveland Monsters Continue to Struggle

CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 02: Cleveland Monsters C Justin Scott (20), Cleveland Monsters C Jordan Maletta (64), Cleveland Monsters D Jaime Sifers (26) and Cleveland Monsters LW Brett Gallant (44) celebrate after Cleveland Monsters D Jaime Sifers (26) scored a goal during the second period of the AHL hockey game between the Milwaukee Admirals and Cleveland Monsters on December 02, 2016, at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, OH. Cleveland defeated Milwaukee 4-1. (Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The Cleveland Monsters once again find themselves in a hole that they have dug for themselves. The Monsters have gone 0-2-1 this past week, solidifying last place in the league. This week also saw lots of roster moves, as Columbus continued the revolving door with goaltender Joonas Korpisalo, which could be to blame for the Monsters’ poor performance as of late. Cleveland has also signed forwards Sam Kurker and Michael Kirkpatrick to PTO’s.

Cleveland Monsters at Chicago Wolves (01/03/18)

The Monsters started this past week in Chicago on Wednesday to face the red-hot Wolves. Coming into the game, Chicago had gone 9-0-2 in their previous 11 games. It is worth noting that Chicago’s regulation winning streak started with a 3-0 win over Cleveland.

Chicago tallied a marker 47 seconds into the second period to extend their lead to 3-0. Cleveland then stormed back with three straight goals of their own to tie the game at three and put the Wolves’ streak in jeopardy. The Wolves proved to be too much in the end as they took down the Monsters 5-3 to claim their tenth straight regulation victory.

Cleveland Monsters at Rockford IceHogs (01/06/18)

Next, Cleveland traveled a little over an hour down I-90 to face the Rockford IceHogs. After some back-and-forth play, the two foes moved into overtime and a shootout. Anthony Louis buried the game-winner past Monsters goaltender Joonas Korpisalo and the IceHogs took a 4-3 win.

Cleveland Monsters at Iowa Wild (01/07/18)

The Monsters planned to put those two games behind them and move on to the fourth of seven straight on the road. They would visit Des Moines, Iowa next to visit the Iowa Wild. Cleveland forward Blake Siebenaler scored the lone Monsters goal as the Wild topped the Monsters 4-1. This loss was Cleveland’s third straight to put them at 1-3 on their seven-game road trip thus far.

Next Game

The Monsters visit Milwaukee on Wednesday to battle the Admirals in their fifth of seven on the road. The Admirals are currently sitting in 13th in the AHL with an 18-13-4-0 record, winning their last two games and going 6-2-2 in their last ten.

Monsters sign forward Sam Kurker to PTO

The Monsters signed forward Sam Kurker to a PTO on January 3. Kurker came from the ECHL‘s Manchester Monarchs, where he totaled 28 points in 32 games. Along with 11 goals, the second round St. Louis Blues pick added a +7 rating.

Cleveland sign ECHL points leader Kirkpatrick to PTO

Cleveland also announced on January 10 that they signed forward Michael Kirkpatrick to a PTO. Kirkpatrick is reporting to Cleveland from Florida where he has spent time with the ECHL’s Florida Everblades. The 27-year-old is currently tied for the points lead in the ECHL with 40 points in 33 games. Kirkpatrick is second on Florida in goals, hitting the back of the net 15 times this season.

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My name is Evan and I am the beat writer for the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets. I started on Blue HQ Media about seven months ago writing for the ECHL’s Fort Wayne Komets. I am an avid Indy Fuel fan. I love all Indiana sports aside from the Fuel, including the Pacers and the Colts. I started going to hockey games when I was one week old when my family had season tickets to the Fort Wayne Komets. We moved to the Indianapolis area about 11 years ago and I was ecstatic when it was announced that the Hallett family brought a professional hockey team back to Indy. I was even happier when I found out that would be competing in the ECHL, the same league as my (former) favorite team, the Komets. You can keep up with all Blue Jackets news and updates and talk hockey on my Twitter @evanbluehq.

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