Monsters Clipped by Comets in Overtime, 5-4

Somerby leads way for Cleveland with two goals, three points in finale of season series vs. Utica

The AHL’s Cleveland Monsters were defeated in overtime by the Utica Comets on Sunday at Adirondack Bank Center in Utica, NY by a final score of 5-4. With the overtime setback, the Monsters are now 24-22-6-1 overall this season and with 55 points, remain alone in sixth place in the AHL’s North Division standings.

Cleveland grabbed a 1-0 lead on Sunday with a Doyle Somerby even-strength finish at 11:22 of the opening frame, thanks to assists from Dan DeSalvo and Dillon Simpson.

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Somerby struck again, this time at four-on-four, courtesy of Adam Clendening and Paul Bittner’s helpers at 32 seconds of the middle stanza before Kevin Stenlund notched an unassisted even-strengh tally at 16:25 to make it 3-0 Cleveland. Utica responded prior to the end of the middle period, however, as former-Monster Jaime Sifers connected at even-strength at 18:11 to make it 3-1 through 40 minutes of play.

The final frame saw the Comets string together three more unanswered goals, from Reid Boucher on the power-play at 9:27, and Bredan Gaunce and Tanner Kero at even-strength at 10:44 and 11:44 respectively, to claim their first lead at 4-3. Cleveland’s Sam Vigneault netted a five-on-five equalizer at 13:00 thanks to feeds from Somerby and Simpson to force overtime, but in the extra session, Utica’s Tom Pyatt delivered the Comets a 5-4 win with a decisive three-on-three score at 4:25.

Monsters goaltender Jean-Francois Berube stopped 28 of the 33 shots he faced to fall to 16-15-5 this season while Utica’s Michael Leighton improved to 6-2-0 this year by virtue of a 25-save performance.

Next up for the Monsters, it’s a Wednesday road clash vs. the Rochester Americans with full coverage, live from Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, NY, underway at 7:05 pm on Alt 99.1, AHLTV and the Monsters Hockey Network.