Monsters' Comeback Falls Short in 3-2 Loss to Toronto

Clendening, Dalpe score, Thiessen stops 25 in finale of three games in three days

The AHL’s Cleveland Monsters were defeated by the Toronto Marlies on Saturday at Toronto’s Coca-Cola Coliseum by a final score of 3-2. With the loss, the Monsters are now 27-25-6-1 overall this season and with 61 points, remain alone in sixth place in the AHL’s North Division standings.

The Marlies claimed a 1-0 lead at 1:55 of the first when Josh Jooris connected for a five-on-five finish before Adam Brooks made it 2-0 for the home team with an even-strength strike of his own at 12:56.

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In the second, Toronto pushed their lead to 3-0 with an even-strength Tanner MacMaster marker at 17:03 but early in the third Cleveland’s Adam Clendening put the Monsters on the board with a five-on-five conversion at 4:14 with Mark Letestu and Justin Scott collecting assists on the play. Zac Dalpe drew Cleveland within a goal at 13:43 of the third with an even-strength tally set up by Ryan MacInnis, but the Marlies held on for a 3-2 victory.

Cleveland goaltender Brad Thiessen stopped 25 of the 28 shots he faced to fall to 5-4-1 this season while Toronto’s Michael Hutchinson improved to 10-6-5 in net this year by virtue of a 34-save performance.

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