Monsters Tripped up by Griffins, 8-4

Dalpe scores twice, Broadhurst tallies two points in home loss

The Cleveland Monsters, American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, were defeated by the Grand Rapids Griffins on Sunday night at The Q by a final score of 8-4. With the loss, the Monsters dropped to 7-4-1-0 overall this season and with a .625 points percentage, remain alone in second place in the AHL’s North Division standings.

It was the Monsters who struck first in the opening frame as Alex Broadhurst poked home a loose puck in front of the net on the power-play at 2:36 of the period thanks to assists from Zac Dalpe and Nathan Gerbe to give Cleveland an early 1-0 advantage. The Griffins got on the board shortly after at 6:20 when Dominik Shine scored on feeds from Givani Smith and Filip Hronek to even the score, 1-1. Dalpe pushed Cleveland back in front at 14:27 on assists from Monsters blue-liner Tommy Cross and Eric Robinson to give the home team a 2-1 lead heading into the break.

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Grand Rapids opened the scoring in the middle frame thanks to an even-strength tally at 4:48 of the period by former Monsters forward Carter Camper on feeds from Chris Terry and Turner Elson, tying things up once again, 2-2. The Monsters jumped back in front later in the period thanks to Mark Letestu’s power-play goal at 16:42 courtesy of Gerbe and Dalpe, giving Cleveland a 3-2 lead heading into the second intermission.

Dalpe got the scoring started for Cleveland in the final period, scoring on the power-play at :28 on set-ups from Broadhurst and Ryan MacInnis to extend the Monsters lead to 4-2. The Griffins closed the scoring for the evening with six straight goals from Terry, Filip Zadina, Axel Holmstrom, Matthew Ford, Shine, and Zadina again to secure an 8-4 Grand Rapids victory.

Cleveland goaltender Jean-Francois Berube stopped 27 of 33 shots faced to fall to 3-4-1 on the season, while Griffins backstop Harri Sateri stopped 32 of the 36 pucks he faced, improving to 4-4-0 on the year.

Next up for the Monsters, it’s a Wednesday road clash vs. the Rochester Americans with full coverage, live from the KeyBank Center in Buffalo, NY, underway at 7:05 pm on Alt 99.1, AHLTV and the Monsters Hockey Network.