IceHogs Outlast Monsters 2-1

ROCKFORD, IL – In the sixth of eight meetings between the two teams this season, Cleveland’s Lake Erie Monsters were defeated by the Rockford IceHogs on Sunday by a final score of 2-1 at the BMO Harris Bank Center in Rockford, IL. With the loss, the Monsters fell to 31-19-5-5 overall this season and with a .600 points percentage, remain alone in fourth place in the AHL’s Central Division standings.

Rockford claimed a 1-0 lead on Sunday when Kyle Baun redirected an even-strength Ville Pokka feed past Monsters goaltender Anton Forsberg at 18:30 of the opening frame. In the second, a Mark McNeill even-strength goal made it 2-0 at 8:46.

Oliver Bjorkstrand buried a power-play tally at 15:22 of the final period to draw the Monsters within one on feeds from Steve Eminger and John Ramage, but the IceHogs slammed the door down the stretch thanks to a 38-save performance from veteran net-minder Drew MacIntyre. Forsberg took the loss despite stopping 19 of the 21 pucks he faced.

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Next up for the Monsters, it’s a Friday road clash vs. the San Antonio Rampage with full coverage, live from the AT&T Center in San Antonio, TX, at 8:30 pm on AM 1420 The Answer and the Monsters Hockey Network.