Monsters Upended by Admirals, 5-2

Austin, Pendenza score, Kivlenieks stops 25 in front of 10,590 fans at The Q.


The Cleveland Monsters, proud American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, were defeated by the Milwaukee Admirals in front of 10,590 fans at The Q on Friday by a final score of 5-2. With the loss, the Monsters fell to 9-12-3-2 overall this season and with a .442 points percentage, remain alone in sixth place in the AHL’s Central Division standings.

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Milwaukee’s Trevor Murphy netted an even-strength goal at 14:09 of the opening period on Friday to deliver the Admirals a 1-0 lead through 20 minutes of play before Pierre-Cedric Labrie potted a five-on-five wrister at 4:17 of the second to push Milwaukee’s edge to 2-0 heading into the final frame of regulation.

In the third, Brady Austin drew Cleveland within a goal at 2-1 with an even-strength blast, assisted by Alex Broadhurst and Carter Camper at 7:26, but Anthony Richard netted a five-on-five tally at 7:55 to make it 3-1 Milwaukee. Then, Cleveland’s Joe Pendenza tapped home an even-strength setup from Blake Siebenaler and Austin at 11:00 to make it 3-2, but the Admirals again extended their edge to 4-2 with a Harry Zolnierczyk power-play goal at 15:50, and sealed a 5-2 win with a Frederic Gaudreau extra-man finish at 17:39.

Cleveland’s Matiss Kivlenieks fell to 4-7-2 in net despite stopping 25 pucks on Friday while Milwaukee’s Anders Lindback improved to 13-5-1 by virtue of a 33-save performance.

Next up for the Monsters, it’s a Saturday rematch vs. the Admirals with full coverage, live from The Q, underway at 7:00 pm on Alt 99.1, SportsTime Ohio and the Monsters Hockey Network.

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