Monsters Clipped by Gulls in Overtime, 4-3
Alex Broadhurst, Spencer Naas, Jordan Schroeder all score in front of 15,290 fans at The Q.
The Cleveland Monsters, proud American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, were defeated in overtime by the San Diego Gulls in front of 15,290 fans at The Q on Saturday by a final score of 4-3. With the overtime setback, Cleveland is now 21-34-7-3 overall this season and with a .400 points percentage, remain alone in seventh place in the AHL’s Central Division standings.
The Monsters grabbed a 1-0 lead on Saturday when Alex Broadhurst potted a sharp-angle even-strength marker at 8:08 of the first on feeds from Brady Austin and Kevin Stenlund. Later in the frame, the Gulls knotted things at one apiece with a five-on-five finish from Austin Ortega at 15:09. In the middle stanza, Monsters forward Spencer Naas punctuated his first professional game with his first professional goal, an even-strength finish at 9:52, assisted by Brady Austin and Paul Bittner, that made it 2-1 Cleveland. The Gulls again fought back to tie the game at two apiece, however, at 12:00 of the second with a Corey Tropp power-play score.
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In the final frame, the Gulls claimed their first lead just 1:54 into the period thanks to a Jacob Larsson wrister, but the Monsters forced overtime with a Jordan Schroeder even-strength score at 16:42, set up by visionary feeds from Nathan Gerbe and Justin Scott. In the extra session, Gulls forward Kiefer Sherwood provided the heroics for the visitors by netting the game-winning score at 2:57 to cap his first professional game in style by lifting San Diego to a 4-3 victory. Cleveland net-minder Matiss Kivlenieks’ record is now 12-17-4 following a 37-save showing, while Gulls backstop Reto Berra improved to 16-8-2 by virtue of a 30-save performance.
Next up for the Monsters, it’s a Sunday rematch vs. the Gulls with full coverage, live from The Q, underway at 3:00 pm on Alt 99.1 and the Monsters Hockey Network.
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