Monsters Stifled By Moose, 4-0

Cleveland falls below .500 for first time since mid-October with hard-fought loss in Manitoba.

The Cleveland Monsters, proud American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, were defeated by the Manitoba Moose on Saturday at Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg, MB by a final score of 4-0. With the loss, the Monsters fell to 7-8-2-2 overall this season and with a .474 points percentage, remain alone in fifth place in the AHL’s Central Division standings.

Manitoba grabbed a 2-0 lead in the opening frame when Julian Melchiori rifled home an even-strength goal at 6:52 before Jack Roslovic redirected a power-play score past Cleveland goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks shortly thereafter at 7:57 of the first. In the middle stanza, Michael Spacek’s extra-man marker at 8:19 made it 3-0 Moose and in the third, a Nic Petan power-play offering capped the scoring in a 4-0 Moose win at 8:11 of the period.

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Kivlenieks fell to 2-5-1 between the pipes for Cleveland despite stopping 26 of the 30 shots he faced on Saturday, while Manitoba’s Michael Hutchinson posted his first shutout of the season and improved to 9-1-1 in net this year by virtue of a 27-save performance.

Next up for the Monsters, it’s a Friday home clash vs. the Chicago Wolves, with full coverage, live from The Q, underway at 7:00 pm on 99X and the Monsters Hockey Network.

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