Lock Monsters Reports
into place in Lowell
|Lowell goes "Leaf" picking-
August 23, 1998
The Lowell Lock Monsters are slowly getting help from the parent New York Islanders when the Isles signed four players who are destined to spend part or all of the season in Lowell.
It looks like the Lock Monsters will be quite strong on defense. They have signed veteran AHL skaters David Harlock, Barry Richter and Mike Gaul. Gaul made the all-rookie and was a top-10 scoring defenseman a year ago while playing for the Hershey Bears.
David Harlock had a career high 3 goals with the Portland Pirates, Harlock is known for being a soild defensive defenseman and filled that role nicely on a young Portland defense corp. Harlock also got his first chance in the NHL with Washington last year. He has previous AHL experince with the St. John's Maple Leafs.
Barry Richter brings over a lot of professional experience to the team. He most recently played in the AHL with Providence and has spent time in Binghamton as well as long stints in Boston the past couple of seasons. He can also help out by playing left wing.
The Islanders also signed 20-year old Steve Valiquette out of Erie of the Ontario Hockey League. Valiquette should challange former Maple Leaf netminder Marcel Cousineau among others for playing time in Lowell. Valiquette was the Erie MVP last season.
|Lowell Releases pre season schedule
By - Alex Pufhal September 6, 1998
Lowell announced that they will be opening their full training camp starting September 21st. This will give the parent Islanders
a chance to make their early roster cuts and assign players to Lowell.
The Lock Monsters pre-season schedule is as follows:
Tue 9/15 Lowell vs Providence @ North Adams, MA
Sat 9/26 Lowell vs Providence @ Fall River, MA
Mon 9/28 Providence vs Lowell @North Billerica, MA
Sat 10/3 Lowell vs Worcester @Fitchburg, MA
Tue 10/6 Lowell vs Adirondack @Glens Falls
The Lock Monsters also have extened a training camp invitation to Shannon Bassaraba, a former UMass-Lowell RiverHawk.
|Lowell Hits the Ice for the First Time
By - Alex Pufhal September 13
The Lowell Lock Monsters opened training camp on Sept. 21st at the Tsongas Arena in Lowell, MA.
The Islanders sent down 18 players already and should make a few more cuts that should feature prospects Zedeno Chara and Dimitri Nabokov.
The players assigned to Lowell were: Jason Doyle, Jeff Zehr, Mike Gaul, Jeff Libby, Sean Haggerty, Jason Stewart, Craig Charron, Warren Luhning, Mike Mader, Nic Beaudoin, Vashi Nedomamsky, Ray Shultz, Evigney Korolev, Vladimir Chebaturkin, Steve Valiquette, Mark McArthur, Steve Webb and Mark Lawrence.
These players give the Monsters a very solid foundation for the season.
The Monsters dropped their first ever exhibition game to the Providence Bruins, 3-2 on Sept. 26. The two teams meet again on Sept. 28. The Monsters got goals from Nick Windsor and Buddy Wallace, both rookie free agents out of Clarkson University. They are both mostly likely will not be on the opening night roster though. The goaltending was split by Mark McArthur and rookie Steve Valiquette.
|Lock Monsters Season Preview-September
The Lowell Lock Monsters begin play for
the first time in the 1998-99 season. The team begins
their history as the primary affiliate of the New York
Islanders. The Islanders' affiliate was previously
located in Utah.
Backing up Cosineau will be veteran Mark McArthur went
7-7-2 with a 3.40 GAA and 88% save percentage with Utah
of the IHL. The third string netminder will be Steve
Valiquette. Valiquette was 16-7-3 in 28 games for Erie of
the Ontario Hockey League. He had 3 shutouts, a 2.56 GAA
and a 91.7% save percentage. He was also the Erie team
|Lowell Starts Inaugural Season-
October 11, 1998
By - Alex Pufhal
The Lowell Lock Monsters got off to an interesting start to the season. They played an emotionally charged first game on Friday, defeating Portland 5-4 and then came back on Saturday night and left the energy in the dressing room coming out flat giving up 5 second period goals to the Beast of New Haven en route to a 6-1 loss.
The Lock Monsters opening night roster is:
1 Mark McArthur G
2 Ray Giroux D
3 Ray Shultz D
4 Zdeno Chara D
7 Craig Charron (A) C
8 John Namestnikov D
11 Mike Kennedy C
12 Vladimir Chebarturkin D
14 Ryan Huska (injured) LW
15 Jeff Libby D
16 Vladimir Orszagh LW
17 Dimitri Nabokov LW
18 Steve Webb RW
20 Buddy Wallace C
21 Mike Gaul D
22 Sean Haggerty LW
23 Jason Stewart C
24 Dane Jackson (C) RW
25 Evegeny Korolev D
27 Mark Lawerence RW
28 Warren Luhnin RW
29 Dean Malkoc D
30 Steve Valiquette G
35 Marcel Cousineau G
The Lock Monsters play two games this coming weekend, at Portland on Friday night and home to New Haven on the 17th.
Complete recaps of all games can be found at http://members.tripod.com/~LockMonsters
|Lowell Develops Strange Pattern
- Octber 18, 1998
By - Alex Pufhal
|Lowell Begins writing it's history
By - Alex Pufhal
The Lowell Lock Monsters capped off a historic week in franchise history with two exciting games. The Lock Monsters
received stellar goaltending play from Marcel Cousineau. Cousineau was 3-0-0 with a 2.00 GAA, 68 saves, and 1
shutout this week. He had a 23-save shutout against Cincinnati on Wednesday and a 30-save performance against
Providence on Saturday.
The Monsters won 3 consecutive games for the first time in team history. They also won for the first time in 3 tries on
The Lock Monsters got big weeks from Mike Kennedy, who had 2 goals against Cincinnati and contributed an assist
against Providence. Dimitri Nabokov had 4 assists including one one Dane Jackson's game winner with under a minute to
play on Friday against Syracuse.
Warren Luhning contributed 3 goals and remains 2nd on the team in scoring with 7 points. Sean Haggerty leads with 8
Mike Gaul's two power-play goals against Providence helped the Monsters get one of the top power-play units in the early
The Lock Monsters are now 5-2-0 and are just two points out of first place in the Atlantic Division. They take on the
Springfield Falcons twice this week, Wednesday night in Lowell and Friday in Springfield, the Lock Monsters than travel
to Portland on Saturday night and then head south to New Haven on Sunday.