Monsters Scalded by Heat, 6-2

Vigneault, Austin both score, Kulbakov stops 20 in tight-checking road defeat in Stockton.

The Cleveland Monsters, proud American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, were defeated by the Stockton Heat on Sunday at Stockton Arena in Stockton, CA by a final score of 6-2. With the loss, the Monsters fell to 20-32-4-3 overall this season and with a .398 points percentage, remain alone in seventh place in the AHL’s Central Division standings.

Stockton grabbed a 1-0 lead on Sunday when Mike McMurtry buried an even-strength goal at 14:29 of the opening period. In the second, a Cody Goloubef even-strength finish made it 2-0 Heat at 6:04 before Brett Pollock pushed the Stockton edge to 3-0 with a power-play conversion at 10:44.

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Shortly thereafter, the Monsters put themselves on the board with a Sam Vigneault extra-man tally at 15:20, assisted by Ryan Collins and Cameron Gaunce, but an unassisted five-on-five strike from Rasmus Andersson sapped Cleveland’s momentum at 18:57 and made it 4-1 Heat heading into the final stanza.

In the third, an even-strength finish from Brady Austin at 1:51 drew the Monsters within a pair at 4-2 with Vigneault and Jordan Schroeder notching assists on the play, but the Heat finished strong with back-to-back empty-net goals, from McMurtry at 17:18 and Ryan Lomberg at 19:02, respectively, to claim a 6-2 victory.

Cleveland net-minder Ivan Kulbakov fell to 0-5-0 in net this season despite stopping 20 of the 24 pucks he faced on Sunday while Heat backstop Ryan Faragher improved to 4-1-0 this year by virtue of a 34-save performance.

Next up for the Monsters, it’s a Wednesday road clash vs. the Ontario Reign with full coverage, live from Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, CA, underway at 10:00 pm on Alt 99.1 and the Monsters Hockey Network.

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