Monsters Fight to the Finish in 4-2 Loss to Griffins

Broadhurst brothers lead charge for Cleveland in second of three straight vs. Grand Rapids.
 

The Cleveland Monsters, proud American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, were defeated by the Grand Rapids Griffins at The Q on Friday by a final score of 4-2. With the loss, the Monsters fell to 14-23-4-3 overall this season and with a .398 points percentage, remain alone in seventh place in the AHL’s Central Division standings.

Cleveland’s Brady Austin staked the Monsters to a 1-0 lead on Friday with an even-strength finish at 1:05 of the opening period on feeds from Terry Broadhurst and Zac Dalpe before a Matt Puempel power-play goal leveled things at one apiece for the Griffins at 17:01 of the frame. In the middle stanza, Grand Rapids claimed their first advantage at 14:49 when Corey Elkins tallied a five-on-five goal to make it 2-1 Griffins through 40 minutes of play.

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The final frame saw Cleveland’s Alex Broadhurst net an even-strength goal at 8:05 thanks to assists from Terry Broadhurst and Garret Cockerill to level the score at two before Grand Rapids rallied for a five-on-five Filip Hronek tally at 15:47, and an empty-net Matt Lorito strike at 19:37, to skate away with a 4-2 victory in the second of three straight games between the Monsters and Griffins.

Cleveland’s Jeff Zatkoff fell to 1-1-1 in net this season despite stopping 27 of the 30 pucks he faced, while Griffins net-minder Tom McCollum improved to 7-8-3 between the pipes this year by virtue of a 26-save performance.

Next up for the Monsters, it’s a Sunday rematch vs. Griffins with full coverage, live from The Q, underway at 1:00 pm on Alt 99.1 and the Monsters Hockey Network.

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