Comeback Falls Short for Monsters in 5-4 loss to Devils

DeSalvo tallies two goals, Abramov and Scott also score in hard fought road loss

The Cleveland Monsters were defeated by the Binghamton Devils, 5-4, on Saturday night at Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena. With the loss, the Monsters drop to 18-15-4-1 overall this season and with 41 points, move into a tie for fifth place in the AHL’s North Division standings with the Devils.

The Devils got on the board first in the opening frame, getting an even-strength marker from Marian Studenic at 13:32 to give Binghamton an early 1-0 advantage. Cleveland answered quickly when Dan DeSalvo netted a power-play goal at 17:48 of the period on feeds from Adam Clendening and Justin Scott to tie the game, 1-1.

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In the middle frame, the Devils jumped back in front when Nathan Bastian lit the lamp at 7:54 to give the Binghamton the lead once again, 2-1. The Devils tacked on three more goals in the second period, receiving even-strength goals from Egor Sharangovich at 14:09, Brian Ward at 15:25, and Nick Saracino at 15:55, to give Binghamton a 5-1 lead heading into the second intermission.

Cleveland struck early in the final period as DeSalvo picked up his second tally of the game, this one an even-strength strike unassisted at 1:38 to trim the Devils lead to 5-2. Moments later, Vitaly Abramov potted home an even-strength goal of his own, this one at 3:02 of the frame with assists from Ryan MacInnis and Dillon Simpson to close the gap a little further, 5-3. Justin Scott pulled the Monsters to within one thanks to a six-on-five tally at 17:53 courtesy of feeds from Clendening and Alex Broadhurst, giving the Devils a 5-4 home win.

Cleveland goaltender Jean-Francois Berube stopped 17 of the 22 shots he faced to drop to 11-11-3 on the season, while Devils netminder Evan Cormier stopped 32 of the 36 shots he faced to improve to 4-1-0 on the year.

Next up for the Monsters, it’s a Friday road matchup versus the Laval Rocket with full coverage, live from Place Bell in Laval, QC, underway at 7:30 pm on Alt 99.1, AHLTV and the Monsters Hockey Network.