Monsters Power Past Laval on 'Salute to Service' Night, 4-2

Robinson scores twice; Berube stops 27 pucks in home win

The Cleveland Monsters, American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, defeated the Laval Rocket on Saturday night in front of 9,106 fans at The Q by a final score of 4-2. With the win, the Monsters improve to 8-6-1-0 overall this season and with a .567 points percentage, remain alone in second place in the AHL’s North Division standings.

The Monsters opened the scoring in the first period when Eric Robinson scored on an even-strength tally at 2:17 on feeds from Tommy Cross and Gabriel Carlsson to give Cleveland an early 1-0 advantage. Laval responded shortly after with an even-strength marker of their own as Alexandre Alain scored at 3:05 to square things up, 1-1, heading into intermission.

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In the middle frame, Calvin Thurkauf notched his first goal of the season, an even-strength score 18:10 from Mark Letestu and Cross to give the Monsters their first lead of the night, 2-1.

Laval tied things up, 2-2, in the third period thanks to an even-strength finish from Byron Froese at 1:04. The Monsters answered once again when Alex Broadhurst scored on the power-play at 1:59 from Letestu and Sonny Milano to jump back ahead, 3-2. Robinson finished the scoring for the evening with an empty-netter, his second tally of the night, at 19:29 to secure a 4-2 home win.

Cleveland goaltender Jean-Francois Berube stopped 27 of 29 shots faced to improve to 4-5-1 on the season, while Rocket netminder Charlie Lindgren stopped 21 of the 24 pucks he faced, to drop to 5-6-1 on the year.

Next up for the Monsters, it’s a Friday road clash vs. the Hershey Bears with full coverage, live from the Giant Center in Hershey, PA, underway at 7:00 pm on Alt 99.1, SportsTime Ohio, AHLTV and the Monsters Hockey Network.