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Monsters fall short in 5-2 loss to Griffins

Monsters fall short in 5-2 loss to Griffins

Mar 20, 2021

The Cleveland Monsters fell to the Grand Rapids Griffins 5-2 on Saturday evening at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. With the loss, the Monsters are now 4-4-1-0 and are currently in fourth place in the AHL’s Central Division standings.

 

The Monsters scored first for the eighth time out of nine games played this season after Dillon Simpson notched the lone tally of the opening frame at 11:01 assisted by Nathan Gerbe and Trey Fix-Wolansky. Grand Rapids began the second period with a goal 51 seconds in from Givani Smith, but Wyatt Newpower regained the 2-1 lead for Cleveland with his first professional goal off feeds from Tyler Angle and Kole Sherwood. The Griffins brought a 3-2 lead into the final intermission after Smith scored his second goal of the night at 10:20 and Chase Pearson notched a tally at 15:27 to close out the middle frame. Grand Rapids secured the win after Pearson scored again at 5:23 and Riley Barber added an empty-net goal at 18:33 of the third period bringing the final score to 5-2.

 

Cleveland’s Brad Thiessen made 31 saves in defeat while Grand Rapids’ Pat Nagle stopped 24 shots in victory.

 

The Monsters begin a three-game homestand against the Texas Stars on Thursday, March 25, with a 7:00 p.m. puck drop at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.  Follow the games with full coverage on FOX Sports 1350AM ‘The Gambler’, AHLTV and the Monsters Hockey Network.

 

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Scoring:

 

1st

2nd

3rd

OT

SO

Final

CLE

1

1

0

-

-

2

GR

0

3

    2

-

-

5

 

Shots/Special Teams:

 

Shots

PP

PK

PIM

CLE

25

0/2

0/0

5 min / 1 inf

GR

33

0/0

2/2

9 min / 3 inf

Goaltenders:

 

 

Goaltender

Outcome

Saves

GA

Record

CLE

Thiessen

L

31

4

1-3-1

GR

Nagle

W

24

2

4-2-0

 

Cleveland Record: 4-4-1-0, 4th Central Division

Grand Rapids Record: 7-3-2-0, 2nd Central Division

 

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