Monsters Upended by Checkers 2-1 in Final Regular-Season Home Game
14,593 fans pack Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse for the fourth-largest crowd of 2018-19
The AHL’s Cleveland Monsters were defeated by the Charlotte Checkers on Friday in front of 14,593 fans at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse by a final score of 2-1. With the loss, the Monsters moved to 36-29-8-2 overall this season and with 82 points currently occupy fourth place in the AHL’s North Division standings, two points clear of the fifth-place Belleville Senators for the division’s final playoff spot with one game remaining on Cleveland’s regular-season schedule.
The Checkers claimed a 1-0 lead at 11:07 of the opening frame thanks to a Julien Gauthier power-play goal before Tomas Jurco doubled the lead for Charlotte at 7:03 of the middle stanza to push the score to 2-0.
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Derek Barach put Cleveland on the board at 16:51 of the second with Garret Cockerill and Alex Broadhurst posting assists on the play, but despite numerous scoring chances in the third period, the Monsters fell short by a final score of 2-1.
Cleveland net-minder Brad Thiessen fell to 11-8-2 this season despite making 22 saves while Charlotte’s Dustin Tokarski stopped 40 shots to improve to 17-6-2.
Next up for the Monsters, it’s the final game of the regular season, a Sunday clash vs. the Toronto Marlies with full coverage, live from Coca-Cola Coliseum in Toronto, ON, underway at 4:00 p.m. on Alt 99.1, AHLTV and the Monsters Hockey Network.