Monsters Earn Point in Hard-Fought 2-1 OT Loss to Admirals
CLEVELAND – The AHL’s defending Calder Cup Champions, the Cleveland Monsters, proudly powered by Constellation, were defeated by the Milwaukee Admirals in overtime on Saturday at Quicken Loans Arena by a final score of 2-1. With the overtime loss, the Monsters improved to 5-8-1-1 overall this season and with a .400 points percentage, remain alone in eighth place in the AHL’s Central Division standings.
After the first period slid by scoreless, the Admirals grabbed a 1-0 lead at 10:32 of the middle frame when Kevin Fiala notched an even-strength marker, his second tally of the season. The Monsters responded at 16:15 of the frame, however, when Nick Moutrey finished off his own five-on-five feed thanks to a seeing-eye setup from Aaron Palushaj and Jordan Maletta.
A scoreless third period gave way to a three-on-three overtime frame that led ultimately to a goal for Milwaukee’s Felix Girard at 2:16 that resulted in a 2-1 Admirals victory. Monsters goaltender Joonas Korpisalo made 21 saves in his 2016-17 home debut, falling to 0-2-1 between the pipes for Cleveland while Milwaukee backstop Jusse Saros stopped 30 of the 31 Monsters shots he faced to improve to 8-1-0 in net for the Admirals this season.
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