Special Teams Lead Monsters to 3-2 Victory Over CometsFeb 1, 2020
The AHL’s Cleveland Monsters beat the Utica Comets 3-2 on Saturday afternoon at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. With the win, the Monsters are now 21-21-2-2 and are currently in eighth place in the AHL’s North Division standings with 46 points.
Utica struck first with David Pope’s power-play tally at 3:30 of the opening frame, but Cleveland responded following Calvin Thurkauf’s shorthanded goal at 6:48 off helpers from Paul Bittner and Anton Karlsson. The Monsters took a 2-1 lead into the first intermission after Stefan Matteau converted on a power-play opportunity with assists from Adam Clendening and Kevin Stenlund at 18:46. Trey Fix-Wolansky started the middle frame with a man-advantage tally at 1:10 off feeds from Marko Dano and Matteau to push Cleveland’s lead to 3-1. Lukas Jasek notched a marker for the Comets at 16:04 moving the score to 3-2 in favor of the Monsters after 40 minutes of play. The Monsters held the Comets off for the third period keeping the score at 3-2 for the win.
Cleveland’s Brad Thiessen made 26 saves in victory while Utica’s Zane McIntyre stopped 24 pucks in defeat.
The Monsters host the Rochester Americans on Wednesday night with a 7:00 p.m. puck drop at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Follow the games with full coverage on ALT 99.1, AHLTV and the Monsters Hockey Network.
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|CLE||27||2/2||4/5||10 min / 5 inf|
|UTI||28||1/5||0/2||6 min / 3 inf|
Cleveland Record: 21-21-2-2, 8th North Division
Utica Record: 26-18-2-2, 3rd North Division
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