Monsters Push Win Streak to Three with 3-2 Win over Belleville

Vigneault, Gerbe, Abramov score, Kivlenieks stops 27 shots in home win

The Cleveland Monsters defeated the Belleville Senators on Saturday night in front of 9,079 fans at The Q by a final score of 3-2. With the win, the Monsters improve to 16-10-4-0 overall this season and with 36 points, are currently tied for second place with the Syracuse Crunch in the AHL’s North Division standings.

Cleveland jumped in front 1-0 when Sam Vigneault took advantage of a loose puck that caromed off the boards, potting home an even-strength goal with feeds from Nathan Gerbe and Gabriel Carlsson to send teddy bears flying onto the ice at 19:42 of the opening frame.

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After a scoreless middle period, the Senators evened the score, 1-1, at 4:25 of the final frame thanks to a power-play tally from Jack Rodewald. Momentum was short-lived for Belleville, however, as Gerbe pushed the Monsters back in front, 2-1, courtesy of a five-on-three power-play goal at 6:22 with assists from Alex Broadhurst and Adam Clendening. Cleveland struck again at 12:21 when Vitaly Abramov netted a power-play goal on set-ups from Clendening and Mark Letestu, to give the Monsters a 3-1 lead. Belleville’s Aaron Luchuk capped the scoring for the evening, netting an even-strength marker at 18:42 of the third period, to secure a 3-2 for the Monsters.

Monsters goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks stopped 27 of the 29 shots he faced to improve to 3-1-1 on the season, while Senators netminder Filip Gustavsson stopped 34 of 37 shots faced to drop to 7-10-1 on the year.

Next up for the Monsters, it’s a Wednesday home matchup versus the Rochester Americans with full coverage, live from The Q, underway at 7:00 pm on SportsTime Ohio, Alt 99.1, AHLTV and the Monsters Hockey Network.