Monsters Stymied by Wild, 3-0

Rookie net-minder Matiss Kivlenieks stops 22 pucks for Cleveland in hard-fought home loss.

The Cleveland Monsters, proud American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, were defeated by the Iowa Wild on Monday at The Q by a final score of 3-0. With the loss, the Monsters fell to 8-11-3-2 overall this season and with a .438 points percentage, Cleveland remains alone in sixth place in the AHL’s Central Division standings.

The Wild grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first period when Sam Anas potted an even-strength marker at 15:10 that Brennan Menell followed with a power-play strike at 19:25. In the middle stanza, Iowa notched another even-strength goal to push their lead to 3-0 when Zach Palmquist tallied at 15:11 and, after a scoreless final frame, the Wild emerged victorious by a 3-0 final score.

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Monsters goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks fell to 3-6-2 this season despite stopping 22 of the 25 pucks he faced while Iowa’s C.J. Motte improved to 2-1-1 between the pipes by virtue of a 34-save shutout performance.

Next up for the Monsters, it’s a Wednesday rematch vs. the Wild with full coverage, live from The Q, underway at 7:00 pm on 99X and the Monsters Hockey Network.

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