Monsters Falter in the Third, Fall to Gulls 2-1

Kale Kessy scores Cleveland’s only goal, Jeff Zatkoff stops 26 in front of 11,735 fans at The Q.

The Cleveland Monsters, proud American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, were defeated by the San Diego Gulls in front of 11,735 fans at The Q on Sunday by a final score of 2-1. With the loss, the Monsters fell to 21-35-7-3 overall this season and with a .394 points percentage, remain alone in seventh place in the AHL’s Central Division standings.

Cleveland struck first on Sunday and grabbed a 1-0 lead thanks to an even-strength Kale Kessy marker at 19:33 of the frame, assisted by Jordan Schroeder and Calvin Thurkauf. After a scoreless middle stanza, the Gulls netted back-to-back five-on-five tallies in the third period, courtesy of Giovanni Fiore at 2:33 and Nic  Kerdiles at 6:44 respectively, to claim a regulation victory by a final score of 2-1.

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Cleveland net-minder Jeff Zatkoff fell to 2-7-2 in net this season despite stopping 26 pucks on Sunday while San Diego’s Kevin Boyle denied 27 of the 28 pucks he faced in victory to improve to 17-10-2 between the pipes this year.

Next up for the Monsters, it’s a Wednesday road tilt vs. the Stockton Heat with full coverage, live from Stockton Arena in Stockton, CA, underway at 10:00 pm on Alt 99.1 and the Monsters Hockey Network.

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