Monsters Come up Short in 5-2 loss to Americans in Buffalo

Gerbe and Milano net goals, Berube stops 34 in road defeat

The Cleveland Monsters, American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, were defeated by the Rochester Americans on Wednesday night at the KeyBank Center in Buffalo, NY by a final score of 5-2. With the loss, the Monsters dropped to 7-5-1-0 overall this season and with a .577 points percentage, remain alone in second place in the AHL’s North Division standings.

Rochester got the scoring started, jumping ahead 2-0 thanks to a pair of even-strength goals from Justin Bailey at 18:11 set-up by Taylor Fedun, and then from Zach Redmond at 19:17 of the frame on an assist from Dalton Smith.

In the middle period, Bailey picked up his second goal of the night at 14:05 courtesy of feeds from Andrew MacWilliam and Alexander Nylander to push the Rochester lead to 3-0. Cleveland’s Sonny Milano responded with his first tally of the season just moments later at 14:16 on an assist from Monsters captain Nathan Gerbe, trimming the Americans lead to 3-1.

Two goals from Wayne Simpson in the third and final frame at 10:12 and 13:17 put the game out of reach for Cleveland, 5-1. Gerbe closed the scoring with his second tally of the season, an even-strength marker at 19:28 from Blake Siebenaler to seal Rochester’s 5-2 victory.

Cleveland goaltender Jean-Francois Berube stopped 34 of 39 shots faced to fall to 3-5-1 on the season, while Americans backstop Scott Wedgewood stopped 24 of the 26 pucks he faced, improving to 6-3-0 on the year.

Next up for the Monsters, it’s a Friday home clash vs. the Laval Rocket with full coverage, live from The Q, underway at 7:00 pm on Alt 99.1, AHLTV and the Monsters Hockey Network.