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Monsters Stopped Short in 5-1 Loss to Rocket

Monsters Stopped Short in 5-1 Loss to Rocket

Mar 6, 2020

The AHL’s Cleveland Monsters fell to the Laval Rocket 5-1 on Friday evening in front of 13,056 fans at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. With the loss, the Monsters are now 24-30-4-2 and are currently in eighth place in the AHL’s North Division standings with 54 points.


Following a scoreless opening frame, Laval’s Joe Cox notched a tally at 13:31 of the second period followed by Yannick Veilleux doubling the visitor’s lead at 18:38. Cleveland’s Dillon Simpson closed out the middle frame with a power-play tally at 19:54 off feeds from Derek Barach and Paul Bittner sending the Monsters to the final intermission trailing 2-1. The Rocket’s Jake Lucchini scored two goals in the third period at 2:04 and 11:56 followed by Cox adding his second tally on the man advantage at 18:19 pushing the final score to 5-1.


Cleveland’s Brad Thiessen made 19 saves in defeat while Laval’s Michael McNiven stopped 20 shots in victory.


The Monsters travel to face off against the Charlotte Checkers on Tuesday evening with a 7:00 p.m. puck drop at Bojangles' Coliseum. 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 0 1 0 - - 1
LAV 0 2 3 - - 5


Shots/Special Teams:

  Shots PP PK PIM
CLE 21 1/7 4/5 20 min / 6 inf
LAV 24 1/5 6/7 14 min / 7 inf



  Goaltender Outcome Saves GA Record
CLE Thiessen


19 5 3-4-0
LAV McNiven W 20 2 3-0-0



Cleveland Record: 24-30-4-2, 8th North Division

Laval Record: 29-24-5-3, 6th North Division




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