2008-09 Lake Erie Monsters...By the Numbers

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211: Center Phil Dupuis led the team with 211 shots.

131: Captain Chris Durno led the team with 131 penalty minutes.

76: The Monsters registered a total of 76 points this season, 11 more than their inaugural season in 2007-08.

76: It wasn’t until game 76 of the Monsters 80-game regular season schedule that the team was mathematically eliminated from playoff contention.

56: Head coach Joe Sacco had 56 players on his roster this year, with 54 suiting up for his team over the duration of the season.

46: Dupuis led the team with 46 points in the 2008-09 season.

45: On November 9th against the Hamilton Bulldogs, the Monsters registered a franchise-record 45 shots on goal.

34: The Monsters compiled 34 wins in the 2008-09 season, eight more than in 2007-08.

29: Dupuis led the team with 29 assists this season.

22: Lake Erie registered 22 shots in a period twice this season, a franchise record for shots in a period. The first time came in the 2nd period on February 7th against Grand Rapids and the Monsters put 22 shots on net again in the 1st period on March 28th against Syracuse.

21: Goalie Tyler Weiman’s 21 wins set a franchise record for wins in a season by a Monsters goalie, easily surpassing Mike Wall’s previous record of 12 victories in 2007-08.

18: Durno led the Monsters with 18 goals this season.

17: The Monsters set a franchise record on March 7 against Rochester when defenseman Derek Peltier scored just 17 seconds into the contest, the fastest goal to start a game in Monsters history.

The Colorado Avalanche, Lake Erie’s NHL affiliate, called up 15 players from the Monsters roster during the season.

14: Of the 15 players called up, 14 saw action for the Avs. That number was the highest number of call-ups in the NHL this season to see action.

13: The Monsters combined with the Syracuse Crunch to tally 13 total goals in a single game, setting a franchise mark on March 28th. Lake Erie lost the game, however, 8-5.

11: Eleven players – Chris Durno, Phil Dupuis, T.J. Galiardi, Matt Hendricks, Per Ledin, Ray Macias, Aaron MacKenzie, Wes O’Neill, Derek Peltier, Chris Stewart and Mike Vernace – all made their NHL debuts this season. The number was an Avs record for the most call-ups making their NHL debut in one season.

+11: Dupuis’ plus/minus total of +11 was tops on the team.

10: Dupuis led the team with 10 multi-point games during the season.

10: Goalies Jason Bacashihua and Weiman combined for 10 shutouts this season.

9: Durno was second on the team with nine multi-point contests.

8: Weiman led the AHL with eight shutouts, becoming the first Monster to lead the league in a statistical category.

8: Bacashihua won eight consecutive starts, a franchise record, from February 16th to March 8th.

7: Seven players – Brandon Biggers, Cameron Cepek, T.J. Galiardi, Dan Henningson, Bryan Marshall, David Marshall and Nigel Williams – made their pro debuts with the Monsters this season.

6: Center Matt Hendricks led the team with six game-winning goals.

6: Forward Brian Willsie set a franchise record by recording goals in six consecutive games earlier in the season.

5: From February 20th to February 28th, the Monsters reeled off five consecutive wins, a franchise record.

5: From January 31st to February 28th, the Monsters recorded five straight wins at home, setting a franchise mark.

3: Three call-ups – Galiardi, Macias and Stewart – registered their first NHL points this season, as Galiardi and Stewart recorded their first goals while Macias picked up his first point in the NHL in the form of an assist. Stewart’s first NHL goal came against Los Angeles on December 9th; Galiardi recorded his first NHL tally on March 27th versus Vancouver; and Macias recorded his first point in the NHL, an assist, on April 9th against Dallas.

3: Stewart’s three goals in the November 9th game against Hamilton were the most by a Monsters player in a single game this season.

3: Defenseman Kyle Cumiskey recorded three assists on November 9th against Hamilton, a number that was the most helpers by a Monsters player in a single game this season.

2: The Monsters had two players –  Cumiskey and Weiman – represent the organization in the 2009 AHL All-Star Game. Both suited up for the Canadian All-Star Team.

1: Monsters head coach Joe Sacco was named an assistant coach with Team USA at the International Ice Hockey Federation’s World Championships from April 24th to May 10th in Berne and Zurich-Kloten, Switzerland. The tournament represents the first time Sacco will coach a USA hockey team.

1: Bacashihua became the first Monster to win AHL Player of the Week honors, as he earned the crystal-etched award for the week ending March 1st. In the seven-day span, Bacashihua was a perfect 3-0 with two shutouts to go with a 0.65 GAA and a 0.973 save percentage.

0.915: Weiman set a franchise record this season with a 0.915 save percentage this season.

0.905: Bacashihua’s 0.905 save percentage was the exact same number he totaled last year with the Monsters.

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