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Monsters End Road Trip with 6-2 Loss in Utica

Monsters End Road Trip with 6-2 Loss in Utica

Jan 18, 2020

The AHL’s Cleveland Monsters were defeated by the Utica Comets on Saturday at Adirondack Bank Center by a final score of 6-2. With the loss, the Monsters fell to 18-20-1-2 and with 39 points, currently occupy seventh place in the AHL’s North Division standings.


Utica claimed a 2-0 first period lead with a power-play goal from Kole Lind at 8:10 and an even-strength finish from former Monster and Cleveland native Carter Camper at 8:49, but the Monsters answered back with a Ryan MacInnis extra-man strike at 10:43 on feeds from Trey Fix-Wolansky and Andrew Peeke. In the second, Utica rattled off three more goals, from Lucas Jasek at 0:26, Seamus Malone at 3:16 and a shorthanded Nikolay Goldobin marker at 15:23 to take a 5-1 advantage into the third period. Monsters forward Calvin Thurkauf struck for an even-strength conversion at 12:34 of the third with Derek Barach and Markus Hannikainen registering assists on the play, but a Reid Boucher marker for the Comets at 18:05 of the final period established the Comets final margin of victory at 6-2.


Cleveland goaltender Veini Vehvilainen stopped 19 pucks in defeat in 40 minutes of action before Monsters’ net-minder Brad Thiessen posted five third-period saves in relief. Meanwhile, Utica’s Michael DiPietro made 24 stops in victory.


Next up for the Monsters, it’s a Wednesday home clash vs. the Rochester Americans with full coverage, live from Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse at 7:00 pm on Alt 99.1, AHLTV and the Monsters Hockey Network.


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  1st 2nd 3rd OT SO Final
CLE 1 0 1 - - 2
UTI 2 3 1 - - 6


Shots/Special Teams:

  Shots PP PK PIM
CLE 26 1/4 1/2 6 min / 3 inf
UTI 30 1/2 3/4 10 min / 5 inf



  Goaltender Outcome Saves GA Record
CLE Vehvilainen L 19 5 9-11-1
CLE Thiessen ND 5 1 1-1-0
UTI DiPietro W 24 2 13-5-1



Cleveland Record: 18-20-1-2, 7th North Division

Utica Record: 25-13-2-2,1st North Division




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