Monsters Outpaced by Wolves, 5-1
Terry Broadhurst scores, Jeff Zatkoff stops 26 pucks in defeat at Quicken Loans Arena.
The Cleveland Monsters, proud American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, were defeated by the Chicago Wolves at The Q on Thursday by a final score of 5-1. With the loss, the Monsters fell to 21-34-6-3 overall this season and with a .398 points percentage, remain alone in seventh place in the AHL’s Central Division standings.
The Wolves struck twice in the opening period at even-strength as goals from Paul Thompson at 11:20 and Tomas Hyka at 18:16 gave Chicago a 2-0 edge through 20 minutes of play. In the second, the Wolves extended their lead to 3-0 with an even-strength Jake Bischoff goal at 3:54, but the Monsters put themselves on the board with a Terry Broadhurst marker at 5:49, courtesy of even-strength feeds from Alex Broadhurst and Garett Cockerill. The Wolves scratched home another even-strength tally mid-way through the middle stanza though, as Thompson registered his second of the game at 9:23 to make it 4-1 for the visitors after two periods of play.
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The third period saw the Wolves add to their lead at 5:24 with a Brandon Pirri power-play goal and ultimately skate away winners by a final score of 5-1. Cleveland goaltender Jeff Zatkoff fell to 2-6-2 despite stopping 26 pucks while Chicago’s Max Lagace improved to 13-4-2 by virtue of a 39-save performance.
Next up for the Monsters, it’s a Saturday home clash vs. the San Diego Gulls with full coverage, live from The Q, underway at 7:00 pm on SportsTime Ohio, Alt 99.1, and the Monsters Hockey Network.
Single game tickets for all remaining 2017-18 games (March 24th, 25th and April 6th, 8th, 12th, 13th) are on sale starting at only $10 per seat! Additionally, 2018-19 Monsters Hockey Club Memberships, providing fans the ability to lock in the lowest ticket prices, the best seat locations to each game, custom member benefits, an exclusive Monsters’ jersey and free tickets to all remaining 2017-18 games, are now available for as little as $32 per month! Group outing and birthday bash packages for 10 or more people are also on sale now. All tickets can be purchased by visiting ClevelandMonsters.com, calling (216) 420-0000, visiting The Q Box Office or any Northern Ohio Discount Drug Mart. Be sure to follow the Monsters on Twitter @monstershockey, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/monstershockey, and on Instagram at www.instagram.com/monstershockey.