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Monsters comeback efforts fall short in 7-5 loss to Comets

Monsters comeback efforts fall short in 7-5 loss to Comets

Feb 11, 2022

The Cleveland Monsters fell to the Utica Comets 7-5 on Friday night at Adirondack Bank Center. With the loss, the Monsters are now 13-20-5-3 and are currently in seventh place in the AHL’s North Division standings.

 

The Comets took a quick lead to start with goals from Graeme Clark at 5:45, Nate Schnarr on the power play at 8:21, A.J. Greer at 12:16, Alexander Holtz on the man advantage at 14:34 and Greer shorthanded at 18:41 setting a 5-0 lead after 20 minutes. Justin Scott got the Monsters on the board and extended his point streak with a goal at 5:55 of the second period off feeds from Cole Clayton and Tristan Mullin. Utica’s Jeremy Groleau notched a tally at 10:36, but Cole Fonstad kept Cleveland’s offense alive with a marker at 19:35 with assists from Tim Berni and Tyler Sikura cutting the score to 6-2 after 40 minutes. Cleveland pushed back in the final period beginning with Scott’s shorthanded goal at 2:13 off feeds from Mullin and Jake Christiansen. Fonstad added his second tally of the night on the power play at 9:19 assisted by Scott followed by newcomer Robbie Payne adding a marker at 14:36 with helpers from Thomas Schemitsch and Christiansen. Despite a strong final push from the Monsters, the Comets secured the 7-5 win after a empty-net goal from Nolan Foote at 19:53.

 

Cleveland’s Jean-Francois Berube made 16 saves in defeat while Utica’s Akira Schmid made 39 saves for the victory.  

 

The Monsters have a rematch with the Utica Comets on Saturday, February 12, for an 7:00 p.m. puck drop at the Adirondack Bank Center. Follow the game with full coverage on FOX Sports 1350 AM ‘The Gambler’, AHLTV and the Monsters Hockey Network.

 

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Scoring:

 

1st

2nd

3rd

OT

SO

Final

CLE

0

2

3

-

-

5

UTI

5

1

1

-

-

7

 

Shots/Special Teams:

 

Shots

PP

PK

PIM

CLE

44

1/4

2/4

15 min / 6 inf

UTI

24

2/4

3/4

23 min / 6 inf

Goaltenders:

 

Goaltender

Outcome

Saves

GA

Record

CLE

Berube

L

16

6

4-9-4

CLE

Greaves

-

1

0

3-6-0

UTI

Schmid

W

39

5

12-1-2

Cleveland Record: 13-20-5-3, 7th North Division

Utica Record: 28-7-5-0, 1st North Division

 

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