Monsters Steamroll Stockton, 6-0

Graves tallies twice, Besse nets first AHL goal, Kivlenieks posts first AHL shutout in blowout win.


The Cleveland Monsters, proud American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, defeated the Stockton Heat on Wednesday at Stockton Arena in Stockton, CA, by a final score of 6-0. With the win, Cleveland improved to 22-35-7-3 overall this season and with a .403 points percentage, remain alone in seventh place in the AHL’s Central Division standings.

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After a scoreless opening period, the Monsters exploded for five even-strength second-period goals from Jacob Graves at 1:50, assisted by Justin Scott, from Grant Besse at 9:02, set up by Scott and Spencer Naas, from Graves again at 9:29, thanks to helpers from Kale Kessy and Calvin Thurkauf, from Jordan Schroeder at 15:26, courtesy of Cameron Gaunce’s lone assist, and from Gaunce himself at 17:29, made possible by Miles Koules’ nifty passing.

In the third, Kevin Stenlund provided a visionary setup on Naas’ second goal of the season at even-strength with Garret Cockerill providing the secondary assist at 8:03 of the frame to cap the scoring in a 6-0 Monsters win. Besse’s goal was the first of his AHL career and both Graves and Gaunce finished the game with +5 ratings to their credit.

Cleveland net-minder Matiss Kivlenieks improved to 13-17-4 this season by virtue of a 28-save shutout, the first of his professional career, while Stockton backstop David Rittich fell to 5-2-0 this year after allowing five goals on 20 shots faced through two periods of play. Nick Schneider relieved Rittich in the third and allowed one goal on five shots faced.

Next up for the Monsters, it’s a Friday road tilt vs. the San Diego Gulls with full coverage, live from Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, CA, underway at 10:00 pm on Alt 99.1 and the Monsters Hockey Network.

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