Monsters Outlasted by Wild

DES MOINES, IA – The AHL’s defending Calder Cup Champions, the Cleveland Monsters, proudly powered by Constellation, were defeated by the Iowa Wild on Monday at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, IA by a final score of 4-2. With the loss, the Monsters fell to 24-21-2-4 overall this season and with a .529 points percentage, Cleveland now sits alone in fifth place in the AHL’s Central Division standings.

The Wild grabbed a 1-0 lead at 17:39 of the opening frame when Grayson Downing converted a penalty shot opportunity with a slow-paced five-hole finish vs. Cleveland goaltender Brad Thiessen. In the second period, Wild forward Zac Dalpe wired a transition slap shot over Thiessen’s left shoulder for a five-on-five marker at 13:11 that made it 2-0 Iowa before Monsters defenseman Blake Siebenaler notched his third goal of the campaign at 14:48 courtesy of an even-strength redirection set up by Marc-Andre Bergeron and John Ramage.

In the third, Iowa’s Kurtis Gabriel buried an even-strength tally at 13:47 to make it 3-1 Wild before Alex Petan gave the Monsters a chance with an unassisted five-on-five wrist shot at 15:37, but Iowa’s top scorer Teemu Pulkkinen iced a 4-2 Wild victory with an empty-net finish at 19:30.

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Thiessen fell to 2-4-1 in net for Cleveland despite making 36 saves in defeat while Iowa’s Alex Stalock stopped 36 pucks of his own in victory to improve to 16-12-6 between the pipes for the Wild this season.

Next up for the Monsters, it’s a Wednesday road clash vs. the Chicago Wolves with full coverage, live from Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL, underway at 12:00 pm on 99X and the Monsters Hockey Network.

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