Monsters Clipped by Admirals in Overtime, 3-2

Letestu tallies two goals, Berube stops 15 shots in road defeat


The Cleveland Monsters, American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, were defeated by the Milwaukee Admirals on Friday night at UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena by a final score of 3-2 in overtime. With the loss, the Monsters dropped to 5-3-1-0 overall this season and with a .611 points percentage, remain alone in second place in the AHL’s North Division standings.

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Milwaukee jumped out to an early 2-0 lead thanks to first period even-strength goals from Anthony Richard at 5:53 on feeds from Emile Pettersson and Frederic Allard, and from Tanner Jeannot at 18:58 on assists from Jeremy Gregoire and Allard.

The Monsters evened things up at 2 in the second period courtesy of veteran forward Mark Letestu’s two goals – the first tally at 1:33 of the middle stanza set up by Ryan MacInnis, and the second coming at 6:10 of the frame on an assist from Monsters blue-liner Doyle Somerby.

After a scoreless third period, it was Milwaukee defenseman Matt Donovan who scored at 3:00 of overtime on feeds from Nicholas Baptiste and Tyler Gaudet to give the Admirals a 3-2 win.

Cleveland goaltender Jean-Francois Berube stopped 15 of 18 shots faced to fall to 3-3-1 on the season, while Admirals backstop Tom McCollum stopped 30 of the 32 pucks he faced, improving to 4-1-1 on the year.

Next up for the Monsters, it’s a Saturday road clash vs. the Rockford IceHogs with full coverage, live from BMO Harris Bank Center in Rockford, IL, underway at 7:00 pm on Alt 99.1, AHLTV and the Monsters Hockey Network.

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