Monsters Cap 2016 With Win Over Grand Rapids at The Q

CLEVELAND – The AHL’s defending Calder Cup Champions, the Cleveland Monsters, proudly powered by Constellation, defeated the Grand Rapids Griffins in front of 12,458 fans on Friday at The Q by a final score of 4-0. With the win, the Monsters improved to 16-12-1-2 overall this season and with a .565 points percentage, remain alone in fourth place in the AHL’s Central Division standings.

After a scoreless opening period, the floodgates opened for Cleveland in the middle frame, as Marc-Andre Bergeron notched an even-strength tally, from Alex Broadhurst and T.J. Tynan, at 8:23 to make it 1-0 Monsters. Then, Markus Hannikainen potted his ninth of the year, a five-on-five marker set up by Oliver Bjorkstrand and Bergeron at 14:01, before Sonny Milano extended his goal streak to three games at 17:23 with a power-play finish from Bergeron and John Ramage to push Cleveland’s edge to 3-0. Nine seconds later, rookie pivot Justin Scott capped the Monsters’ middle-frame scoring barrage at 17:42 with an even-strength, high-slot offering provided by Jordan Maletta’s lone assist.

Monsters goaltender Anton Forsberg stopped 13 Griffins shots in a third period in which Cleveland managed just one shot on goal and made 28 total saves in victory to improve to 11-6-1 between the pipes for the Monsters this year and post the first shutout by a Cleveland goaltender in 2016-17. Meanwhile, Eddie Pasquale fell to 6-2-3 in net for Grand Rapids on Friday, allowing four goals on just 15 shots faced.

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Next up for the Monsters, it’s a Friday road clash vs. the Texas Stars with full coverage, live from H-E-B Center at Cedar Park in Cedar Park, TX, underway at 8:30 pm on 99X and the Monsters Hockey Network.

Tickets for every Monsters home game start at just $10 and are on sale now! Full and partial season ticket memberships are also available and provide you with the best seat locations, custom member benefits and the lowest ticket prices. Group outing and birthday bash packages for 10 or more people are also on sale now. All tickets can be purchased by visiting ClevelandMonsters.com, calling (216) 420-0000, visiting The Q Box Office or any Northern Ohio Discount Drug Mart. Be sure to follow the Monsters on Twitter @monstershockey, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/clevelandmonsters, and on Instagram at www.instagram.com/monstershockey.

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