Monsters Coast to 4-0 Win Over Wild
Schroeder scores twice in 500th professional appearance, Zatkoff notches 25-save shutout.
The Cleveland Monsters, proud American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, defeated the Iowa Wild on Tuesday at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, IA by a final score of 4-0. With the win, the Monsters improved to 23-37-7-3 this season and with a .400 points percentage, remain alone in seventh place in the AHL’s Central Division standings.
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After a scoreless opening period, Justin Scott staked Cleveland to a 1-0 lead on Tuesday with an even-strength marker, assisted by Ryan Collins, at 6:20 of the middle frame. Then, Monsters forward Jordan Schroder struck for a power-play goal at 14:47 of the second thanks to a slick setup from Spencer Naas and Calvin Thurkauf. Schroeder’s goal made it 2-0 Monsters heading into the third stanza and came in Schroeder’s 500th career professional appearance.
In the third, Schroeder posted an unassisted, shorthanded, breakaway goal at 5:16 and newcomer Phil Lane buried an even-strength marker at 6:15, from fellow recent signee Jefferson Dahl, to cap a 4-0 victory. Monsters net-minder Jeff Zatkoff improved to 3-8-2 this season by virtue of a 25-save shutout performance, his second shutout of the campaign, while Iowa’s Niklas Svedberg fell to 18-16-6 despite making 23 stops.
Next up for the Monsters, it’s a Wednesday road tilt vs. the Milwaukee Admirals with full coverage, live from UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena in Milwaukee, WI, underway at 8:00 pm on Alt 99.1 and the Monsters Hockey Network.
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