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Monsters Fall Short in 5-1 Loss to Checkers

Dec 28, 2019

The AHL’s Cleveland Monsters fell to the Charlotte Checkers 5-1 on Saturday night at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in front of 12,117 fans. With the loss, the Monsters are now 14-14-1-2 and are currently in seventh place in the AHL’s North Division standings with 31 points.


Charlotte’s Spencer Smallman scored the first goal of the game at 2:07 in the opening period, but Sam Vigneault notched a power-play tally for Cleveland at 16:24 with assists from Adam Clendening and Trey Fix-Wolansky to tie the game 1-1 after 20 minutes.


The Checkers took the 2-1 lead in the middle frame following Julien Gauthier’s goal on the man advantage at 6:53. Charlotte added three goals in the third period to solidfy the 5-1 win with markers from Fredrik Claesson at 5:45, Max McCormick at 16:27 and Gustav Forsling 10 seconds later. 


Matiss Kivlenieks made 37 saves in the loss while Charlotte’s Alex Nedeljkovic stopped 18 pucks for the win.


The Monsters host the Charlotte Checkers again on Monday afternoon with a special 12:00 p.m. puck drop at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Follow the games with full coverage on ALT 99.1, AHLTV and the Monsters Hockey Network.


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  1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final
CLE 1 0 0 - - 1
CHA 1 1 3 - - 5


Shots/Special Teams:

  Shots PP PK PIM
CLE 19 1/3 4/5 36 min / 10 inf
CHA 42 1/4 3/4 24 min / 8 inf



  Goaltender Outcome Saves GA Record
CLE Kivlenieks L 37 4 7-6-2
CHA Nedeljkovic W 18 1 7-8-1



Cleveland Record: 14-14-1-2, 7th North Division

Checkers Record: 15-13-3-0, 6th Atlantic Division




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