Monsters Fall to Wolves, 5-1

Milano scores, Berube stops 25 shots in home loss

The Cleveland Monsters were defeated by the Chicago Wolves, 5-1, on Thursday night at The Q. With the loss, the Monsters drop to 20-17-4-1 overall this season and with 45 points, remain tied for fifth place in the AHL’s North Division standings with the Laval Rocket.

After a scoreless first period, the Monsters got on the board in the middle frame when Sonny Milano tallied an even-strength goal at 11:58 on assists from Alex Broadhurst and Michael Prapavessis to give Cleveland a 1-0 lead. Chicago answered with two goals of their own, the first from Dylan Coghlan at 19:03 and the second a short-handed tally from Stefan Matteau that just beat the horn at 19:59 of the second period to give the Wolves their first lead of the night, 2-1.

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In the final frame, the Wolves extended their lead to 4-1 thanks to even-strength goals from Brooks Macek at 2:06 and Keegan Kolesar at 2:16. Daniel Carr capped the scoring for the evening with an even-strength marker at 13:39 to give Chicago a 5-1 victory.

Cleveland goaltender Jean-Francois Berube stopped 25 of the 30 shots he faced to drop to 12-12-3 on the season, while Wolves netminder Zachary Fucale stopped 28 of the 29 shots he faced to improve to 1-2-0 on the year.

Next up for the Monsters, it’s a Saturday rematch versus the Wolves with full coverage, live from The Q, underway at 7:00 pm on Alt 99.1, AHLTV and the Monsters Hockey Network.