Monsters Comeback Stalled in 4-2 Loss to GriffinsFeb 14, 2020
The AHL’s Cleveland Monsters fell to the Grand Rapids Griffins 4-2 on Friday night at Van Andel Arena. With the loss, the Monsters are now 23-24-2-2 and are currently in eighth place in the AHL’s North Division standings with 50 points.
Following a scoreless first period, Calvin Thurkauf notched a tally for the Monsters at 2:54 of the middle frame with helpers from Maxime Fortier and Adam Clendening. Grand Rapids scored two goals to wrap up the second period with Jarid Lukosevicius’ tally at 14:31 and Evgeny Svechnikov’s marker at 15:03 sending Cleveland to the final intermission trailing 2-1. Kole Sherwood scored a goal at 4:35 of the third period with assists from Derek Barach and Markus Hannikainen to tie the game for the Monsters at 2-2. Despite a strong effort from the Monsters, Turner Elson helped regain the lead for the Griffins with a marker at 18:37 followed by Joe Veleno securing the win for Grand Rapids with an empty-net goal at 19:50.
Cleveland’s Veini Vehvilainen made 29 saves in defeat while Grand Rapids’ Pat Nagle stopped 19 shots in victory.
The Monsters faceoff against the Rockford IceHogs on Saturday night with a 7:00 p.m. puck drop at BMO Harris Bank Center. Follow the games with full coverage on ALT 99.1, AHLTV and the Monsters Hockey Network.
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|GR||33||0/4||3/3||6 min / 3 inf|
Cleveland Record: 23-24-2-2, 8th North Division
Grand Rapids Record: 23-22-3-4, 4th Central Division
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