Monsters Race Past Moose

CLEVELAND – In front of 10,551 fans at Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland’s Lake Erie Monsters defeated the Manitoba Moose on Friday by a final score of 4-1. With the win, the Monsters improved to 12-4-0-2 overall this season and with a .722 points percentage, currently sit alone in first place in the AHL’s Central Division standings.

Manitoba’s Nic Petan tallied his first goal of the season early in Friday’s game, as the Moose forward provided the opening period’s lone marker just 90 seconds into the action to make it 1-0.

In the middle frame, the Monsters unleashed three unanswered goals, first from Michael Chaput at 0:54, assisted by Sonny Milano and Jaime Sifers. Then, Nick Moutrey supplied his first AHL tally, a power-play score assisted by Michael Paliotta and Alex Broadhurst at 15:32, before Ryan Craig buried his fifth of the season, set up by Josh Anderson and Dillon Heatherington, at 18:28, staking the Monsters to a 3-1 lead heading into the second intermission.  A Milano deflection at 9:36, assisted by Paliotta and Daniel Zaar, capped the scoring at 4-1 Monsters.

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Lake Erie goaltender Joonas Korpisalo improved to 5-2-2 in net for the Monsters by virtue of a 24-save performance while Manitoba’s Eric Comrie took the loss in net for the Moose despite making 27 stops.

Next up for the Monsters, it’s a Saturday road clash vs. the Grand Rapids Griffins with full coverage from Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, MI underway at 7:00 pm on 99X and the Monsters Hockey Network.