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04-14-2013, 10:49 AM
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Skating Tripods
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Good crowd last night for Autism Awareness Night. Not personally affected, but great to see the Monsters have a night like that. Plenty of tables set up on the concourse with information to help and inform people. The special jerseys looked great on the ice and were auctioned off for a good cause. A lot of kids with autism in the crowd. They seemed to enjoy the game. Kudos to their front office staff. Also, props to all of the parents of children with any of those types of hardships. I can't imagine the patience that it takes. Mad respect to those people.

As for the game, very quick start and then the Monsters hung on for dear life. Pickard was terrific. He made a lot of saves in traffic and did a fine job controlling the rebounds. The shorty he gave up was on a breakaway and it went through five hole. Not much he could. He was great all night, though, and has developed a lot this season. I don't know if he'll keep developing to the point of an everyday starter, but he'll be a great backup or a good goaltender in a tandem situation.

Strong game from Connolly. He didn't score, but he had several quality chances.

The guys who played the best for the Monsters were the AHL guys, not really the prospects. MacQueen, McNeely, Thomas. Great pass by Hagel on the MacQueen goal. Nothing special out of Stollery, Sgarbossa, or Agozzino.

Have no idea where Markus Lauridsen was. Saw the posts about Hishon in this thread. Tough break for the kid.

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