Monsters Drop Game 1 to Marlies by 5-2 Final Score
Cross, Letestu score, Thiessen stops 21 as Cleveland trails Toronto 1-0 in best-of-seven series
The AHL’s Cleveland Monsters fell to the Toronto Marlies in Game 1 of the team’s best-of-seven North Division Final series on Wednesday at Toronto’s Coca-Cola Coliseum by a final score of 2-1. With the loss, the Monsters trail the Marlies 1-0 with Game 2 of the series looming at 7:00 p.m. on Friday in Toronto.
The Monsters struck first with a Tommy Cross power-play goal at 12:39 of the opening frame thanks to assists from Mark Letestu and Alex Broadhurst.
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Toronto’s Pierre Engvall tied the game at 2:15 of the second period, but Letestu notched a tally at 5:37 off helpers from Milano and Cross to make it 2-1 Monsters. The Marlies recorded three consecutive power-play goals to finish off the period with Chris Mueller scoring at 11:59 followed by a Dmytro Timashov marker at 14:13 and a Trevor Moore strike at 15:42 to claim a 4-2 Marlies edge through 40 minutes of play.
Moore’s second goal of the game, an empty-net, extra-man score at 19:44 of the third, secured a 5-2 Toronto win in Game 1.
Monsters goaltender Brad Thiessen fell to 3-2 in the postseason despite stopping 21 shots on Wednesday while Marlies backstop Kasimir Kaskisuo improved to 4-0 in the playoffs following a 14-save performance.
Next up for the Monsters, it's Game 2 of the team’s North Division Finals series vs. the Marlies in Toronto on Friday with full coverage underway at 7:00 p.m. EST on FOX Sports Ohio, Alt 99.1, AHLTV and the Monsters Hockey Network.
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