Monsters Spook IceHogs on Halloween 3-2

Bittner’s first pro goal proves decisive in nail-biting Halloween win for Cleveland at The Q.

CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Monsters, proud American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, defeated the Rockford IceHogs on Tuesday at The Q by a final score of 3-2. With the win, the Monsters improved to 4-3-1-0 overall this season and with a .563 points percentage, currently sit alone in third place in the AHL’s Central Division standings.

Cleveland grabbed a 1-0 lead at 13:45 of the first period when Alex Broadhurst netted an even-strength goal, courtesy of assists from Joe Pendenza and Jordan Schroeder. In the middle stanza, the Monsters extended their edge to 2-0 when Calvin Thurkauf knifed home a loose puck at even-strength on feeds from Sam Vigneault and Schroeder before Rockford’s Carl Dahlstrom cut the Monsters lead in half with an even-strength marker at 11:24. The IceHogs then leveled the score a two apiece with a Tomas Jurco deflection at 19:17 of the middle frame.

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In the third, the Monsters skated away 3-2 winners thanks to Paul Bittner’s first professional goal, a power-play strike fed by Miles Koules and Vigneault at 8:37, that proved to be the game-winning tally. Monsters goaltender Brad Thiessen improved to 4-1-0 in net this season by virtue of a 30-save performance while IceHogs backstop Jean-Francois Berube fell to 5-2-0 between the pipes despite stopping 19 of the 22 pucks he faced.

Next up for the Monsters, it’s a Friday road clash vs. the Tucson Roadrunners with full coverage, live from Tucson Convention Center Arena in Tucson, AZ, underway at 9:00 pm on 99X and the Monsters Hockey Network.

Full and partial season ticket memberships are on sale now and provide you with the best seat locations, custom member benefits and the lowest ticket prices starting at only $10 per game. 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.