Monsters Clipped by Wolves, 5-3
Gerbe, Murray, Milano score, Kivlenieks stops 18 in final tilt of four-game Illinois road trip.
The Cleveland Monsters, proud American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, were defeated by the Chicago Wolves on Sunday at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL by a final score of 5-3. With the loss, the Monsters fell to 17-27-4-3 overall this season and with a .402 points percentage, remain alone in seventh place in the AHL’s Central Division standings.
The Wolves grabbed a 1-0 lead on Sunday when Kevin Lough notched an even-strength goal at 2:57 of the first before Nathan Gerbe tied the game at one for the Monsters with a five-on-five goal at 13:05 courtesy of Carter Camper’s lone assist. Later in the period, Ryan Murray delivered Cleveland’s first lead of the game with an even-strength finish at 19:26 made possible by assists from Jordan Schroeder and Camper.
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In the middle stanza, Chicago leveled the score at two with a Beau Bennett power-play strike at 2:15 before the Monsters responded with an extra-man Sonny Milano marker at 8:01 to make it 3-2 Cleveland thanks to a slick setup from Gerbe and Miles Koules. The Wolves battled back to tie the game at three, however, with an even-strength Brett Sterling conversion at 16:46 to cap the scoring in the middle frame.
The third period saw Chicago’s Zac Leslie bury what proved to be the game-winning score, an even-strength wrister at 16:46, and Wade Megan deposit an empty-net goal at 19:26 to seal a 5-3 Wolves victory. Cleveland goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks stopped 18 of the 22 pucks he faced to fall to 10-15-2 in net this season while Wolves backstop Oscar Dansk improved to 2-0-1 by virtue of a 19-save performance.
Next up for the Monsters, it’s a Wednesday home clash vs. the Stockton Heat with full coverage, live from The Q, underway at 7:00 pm on Alt 99.1 and the Monsters Hockey Network.
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