Abramov, Sherwood Tally Two Goals Each for Monsters in 5-2 Win

Bittner scores, Berube stops 26 shots in home victory

The Cleveland Monsters defeated the Rochester Americans, 5-2, on Tuesday night at The Q. With the win, the Monsters improve to 23-21-5-1 overall this season and with 52 points, sit alone in sixth place in the AHL’s North Division standings.

The Monsters got the scoring started in the first period when Kole Sherwood poked home a loose puck in front of the net from Sam Vigneault at 15:53 to give Cleveland a 1-0 edge. In the middle frame, Remi Elie netted an even-strength goal at 2:46 to even the score, 1-1.

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In the final period, Vitaly Abramov tallied an even-strength goal at 4:22, courtesy of Nikita Korostelev, to give the Monsters a 2-1 lead. Abramov picked up his second goal of the night at 11:28 thanks to assists from Ryan MacInnis and Korostelev, to give Cleveland a 3-1 advantage. The Monsters piled on moments later when Sherwood lit the lamp for his second goal of the night, this one from Adam Clendening at 13:08 to push Cleveland’s lead to 4-1. The Amerks got one back at 13:59 when Wayne Simpson scored an even-strength marker to pull Rochester to a 4-2 score. Paul Bittner finished the scoring for the evening at 17:48 of the third frame, netting an empty-net goal with an assist from Dan DeSalvo to seal a Monsters 5-2 victory.

Cleveland goaltender Jean-Francois Berube stopped 26 of the 28 shots he faced to improve to 15-15-4 on the season, while Rochester netminder Scott Wedgewood stopped 29 of the 33 shots he faced to drop to 17-8-2 on the year.

Next up for the Monsters, it’s a Friday road matchup versus the Belleville Senators with full coverage, live from CAA Arena, underway at 7:00 pm on Alt 99.1, AHLTV and the Monsters Hockey Network.