Monsters Clipped by Admirals, 5-3

Hodgson, Kukan, Ramage score for Cleveland, Kulbakov stops 27 in front of 10,674 at The Q.

The Cleveland Monsters, proud American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, were defeated by the Milwaukee Admirals in front of 10,674 fans at The Q on Saturday by a final score of 5-3. With the loss, Cleveland fell to 9-13-3-2 overall this season and with a .426 points percentage, currently sit alone in seventh place in the AHL’s Central Division standings.

In a wild start to the game, Hayden Hodgson gave Cleveland a 1-0 lead just eight seconds into the opening period on even-strength feeds from Dean Kukan and Justin Scott, but Milwaukee captain Trevor Smith equalized at 7:13 of the first with an unassisted power-play goal. The Admirals then nabbed their first lead at 14:04 of the first when Anthony Richard potted an extra-man tally to make it 2-1.

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In the middle frame, a power-play strike from Kukan leveled the score at two apiece on feeds from Carter Camper and Joe Pendenza at 9:47 before the Monsters reclaimed the lead at 3-2 with a shorthanded John Ramage goal at 19:52, provided by helpers from Sonny  Milano and Zac Dalpe.

In the third, an unassisted five-on-five marker from Admirals defenseman Frederic Allard tied the game at three at 1:56 before Milwaukee’s Bobby Butler wired home a go-ahead even-strength tally at 11:54 to make in 4-3 for the visitors and Trevor Murphy capped a 5-3 Admirals win with a power-play strike at 17:14.

Cleveland backstop Ivan Kulbakov fell to 0-3-0 in net this season despite stopping 28 pucks on Saturday, while Milwaukee’s Anders Lindback improved to 14-5-1 between the pipes by virtue of a 27-save performance.

Next up for the Monsters, it’s a Friday road clash vs. the Grand Rapids Griffins with full coverage, live from Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, MI, underway at 7:00 pm on Alt 99.1 and the Monsters Hockey Network.

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